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  • Treat gift cards and certificates like cash

    Treat gift cards and certificates like cash
    Question: At the L.A. Times Travel show in February, I won a round-trip ticket on EVA Air for travel to Taiwan. I lost the award letter, and EVA tells me it can't be replaced. I'd like to use it. Can anyone help? Gulnara Acosta Long Beach Answer:...
  • Major retailers expect stronger sales in 2014

    Major retailers expect stronger sales in 2014
    Retail sales growth will speed up, albeit slightly in 2014, rising 4.1 percent compared with an estimated 3.7 percent gain in 2013, the National Retail Federation said Thursday. The Washington, D.C. based trade group which represents retailers such as...
  • Appeals court upholds Fed's 21-cent cap on retailer 'swipe fees'

    Appeals court upholds Fed's 21-cent cap on retailer 'swipe fees'
    A Federal Reserve rule allowing banks to charge retailers 21 cents to process debit-card transactions has been upheld by a federal appeals panel, a blow to big merchants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. A lower court judge invalidated the...
  • Malls will be 'historical anachronism,' says Grove mogul Rick Caruso

    Malls will be 'historical anachronism,' says Grove mogul Rick Caruso
    Indoor malls may have a limited lifespan, according to Rick Caruso, owner of Southland centers including the Grove in the Fairfax district and the Americana at Brand in Glendale. In a Sunday keynote speech to some 4,000 people at the National Retail...
  • Dozens of corporate tax breaks expiring at end of year

    Dozens of corporate tax breaks expiring at end of year
    As 2013 comes to a close, so will dozens of tax breaks that save companies billions of dollars in tax liability. Congress has allowed 55 tax breaks to expire but will likely restore many of them, retroactively, in the coming months, the Associated Press...
  • Holiday hiring hits 14-year high, followed by layoff concerns

    Holiday hiring hits 14-year high, followed by layoff concerns
    Retailers taking on an army of seasonal workers in December helped push overall holiday hiring levels to a 14-year peak this year, according to a new report. But the better-than-expected increase of 801,100 jobs over the final three months of the year...
  • Not so merry Christmas: Holiday spending scaled back amid shutdown

    Not so merry Christmas: Holiday spending scaled back amid shutdown
    The gift-giving season may be muted this year, as Americans, spooked by the government stalemate and ongoing economic weakness, plan to spend less on presents and other holiday preparations, according to the National Retail Federation. More than 6,000...
  • Black Friday weekend 'very busy'; Thanksgiving sales break records

    Black Friday weekend 'very busy'; Thanksgiving sales break records
    The Thanksgiving and Black Friday back-to-back shopping events proved to be more popular with Americans than they were last year, according to industry data. The National Retail Federation pegged the number of unique shoppers Thursday through Sunday...
  • Black Friday is the busiest, but what's the best day to holiday shop?

    Black Friday is the busiest, but what's the best day to holiday shop?
    The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest days of the years at malls and other shopping centers around the country, as the prospect of bargain bin televisions and dirt cheap clothing draws hordes of deal-hunters to shake off their...
  • UPS to hire 55,000 seasonal workers for holidays

    UPS to hire 55,000 seasonal workers for holidays
    UPS expects to move more than 34 million shipments on its peak shipping day this year -- up about 21% from the same period last year. To handle the increased workload, United Parcel Service announced it will hire 55,000 seasonal workers this holiday...
  • A cheap Valentine for pet owners

    A cheap Valentine for pet owners
    If you're stumped for Valentine's Day gift ideas, short on cash and your sweetie is a dog lover, we've got a tip you are going to love. It comes from Barb Sheetz in Zionsville. And just for the record, Barb did not suggest this as a Valentine's Day...
  • Retail sales fall unexpectedly in January

    Retail sales fall unexpectedly in January
    This year's streak of nasty weather is wreaking havoc on the economy, causing plunging worker productivity, soaring heating bills, canceled flights, damaged crops and frozen hiring. But the bitter conditions, which last month left thousands stranded...