| Dec 2, 2013
| 10:28 AM
China recently rejected a 60,000-ton shipment of American corn because it included unapproved genetically modified grain, the country’s food-quality watchdog said.
The shipment was halted in the southern port city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong,...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:59 PM
The parent company of Toys R Us and Babies R Us agreed to pay nearly $180,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the retailers overcharged Southland shoppers, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
The Wayne, N.J., business...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 2:23 PM
As organizers prepare for what they bill as the largest Black Friday protests to date, the National Labor Relations Board recently said that the practice of paying Wal-Mart strikers last year with $50 gift cards was legal.
The decision came as...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Consumer confidence unexpectedly rebounded in December to a five-month high after slumping in recent months partly due to the partial government shutdown, according to a Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading.
The widely watched...
| Nov 29, 2013
Some celebrate Christmas, some Hanukkah and some Kwanzaa, but to me the coming holiday time is potlatch season, and it's starting earlier every year.
A potlatch was a festival of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest during which the host...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 11:24 AM
Target confirmed Tuesday that some gift cards sold before Christmas aren’t working for customers.
“We are aware that some Target gift cards were not fully activated and apologize for the inconvenience,” spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Retailers slammed with preparations for the Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping bonanza last month added 471,000 workers to payrolls -- a number that fell 4.7% short of the record 494,400 seasonal employees brought on board during November 2012.
| Nov 19, 2013
| 6:32 AM
Thanksgiveaway: The Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach calls Tuesday’s promotion a "Thanksgiveaway." Slot players who earn 500 points between 1 and 9 p.m. will receive a $15 Publix gift card. The promotion is part of a month-long slate of...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Score doorbuster deals on toys and electronics a week early at Walmart's pre-Black Friday sale in stores and online Friday, the retailer announced Wednesday.
Walmart is turning up the heat on its competitors, offering early savings on the same...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 6:49 AM
Get your game face on, folks.
Contrary to what the calendar may say, Black Friday is not a week from today. It's now.
Of course, all of the doorbuster deals and early store openings will take place over Thanksgiving weekend, but you have a shot at...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Just in time for the holidays, your low-wage employer wants you to know it really cares. And would you mind tidying up the condiment stand on your way to the soup kitchen?
Once again, McDonald's is showing its brilliance at employee relations. In July,...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 3:52 AM
It's Freebie Friday magically morphs into Shopping Saturday! I've put together a coupon-friendly edition of pre-Black Friday deals so you can get a head start on holiday shopping without the hassle of standing in line on Thanksgiving or Black Friday. I've...