| Jul 31, 2014
| 8:59 AM
When President Barack Obama convenes nearly 50 African leaders in Washington next week for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the grand scale of the event could fill television screens for days. The real action, however, will be the behind-the-scenes,...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 5:05 PM
Howard County is staking out nutrition as an arena of government involvement to an unusual degree.
In May, the county unveiled its Roving Radish food delivery system. This is a refrigerated truck that delivers fresh food to participating families at...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Does the recent uptick in consumer confidence indicate that the agendas of the White House and Congress are misaligned with middle class aspirations? The U.S. consumer confidence index jumped to 90.9 in July, marking the highest level in seven years...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 4:23 PM
An $8.5 billion merger creating North America's biggest dollar store chain could mean increased competition for mass discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. but less choice for shoppers.
In the Baltimore area and elsewhere, retail experts said, Dollar...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 2:25 PM
Farmers Market Week begins Aug. 3, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and an independent public health organization wants consumers to remember a few things about food safety.
Uncooked produce is twice as likely to make you sick than...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 7:00 AM
How competent is your 18-year old? Do you trust him or her with your credit card? How about the brand new family car? Better yet, do you think he is competent enough to take out several thousands of dollars of debt with a few pen strokes?
| Jul 15, 2014
| 6:42 PM
Coding problems that led to coverage and billing troubles for thousands of consumers using Connecticut's online insurance marketplace will be fixed in Maryland's version of the technology, officials said today.
Maryland officials had been preparing to...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 10:27 AM
At the State Department's "Our Ocean" conference last week, President Barack Obama announced new plans to tackle seafood fraud and illegal fishing. Increased transparency and traceability of the seafood supply chain is a critical next step in sustaining...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:40 PM
McCormick & Co. saw its profit jump nearly 8 percent in the second quarter amid higher sales to consumers as well as to food manufacturers and restaurants, the Sparks-based spice maker said Thursday.
But higher-than-expected earnings, mostly driven by...
| Jul 1, 2014
With gas prices on the rise again, West Baltimore resident Coralee Penner says she may sell the "gas-guzzling" Hummer H3 she's driven since 2007.
Penner said she's considering replacing her SUV with a more compact car to save on gas. In the meantime,...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 4:37 PM
Maryland might be a relatively pricey place to live, but the average resident can afford it — and then some.
That's what a first-ever breakdown of consumer spending by state suggests. Per-person spending on goods and services for Maryland...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 10:38 AM
First came the switch off of the gold standard. Then checkbooks and credit cards started the shift away from cash — but to bitcoin advocates, not far enough.
As the anonymous digital currency gains favor with retailers such as Overstock.com and is...