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  • National Retail Federation says shoppers will spend less this Christmas

    National Retail Federation says shoppers will spend less this Christmas
    The National Retail Federation, a trade association of retailers, released its predictions for the holiday season on Wednesday. According to the federation's survey, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, d├ęcor, greeting cards and...
  • 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...
  • The government shutdown's toll by the numbers

    The government shutdown's toll by the numbers
    The first government shutdown in nearly 20 years ended late Wednesday after Congress agreed on a deal to fund the government through Jan. 15. and raise the nation's debt limit through Feb. 7. The 16-day ordeal took a toll on the national economy,...
  • Government shutdown may crimp holiday shopping

    Government shutdown may crimp holiday shopping
    Add another potential casualty of Washington's gridlock: the holiday shopping season. The congressional stalemate that brought about a partial government shutdown has rattled Americans already spooked by years of economic weakness. And the uncertainty...
  • Tomato cages make scary decorations

    Tomato cages make scary decorations
    Last year, we got a great tip from Joann Dove in Salisbury Township about how to turn tomato plant cages into outdoor Christmas trees. The holidays will never be the same. It was a long time ago, but that column prompted a great response from Cathy...
  • A vintage problem: What to get for mom?

    Mom is back! After a significant drop-off during the Great Recessepression, Mother Day's spending is set to jump by 11 percent this year, according to the latest survey by the National Retail Federation, which averages out this year's spending to $168....
  • Core retail sales fall for first time in a year in June

    Core retail sales fall for first time in a year in June
    Retail sales were mixed in June, buoyed by strong auto and furniture sales but tamped down by high unemployment and taxes, analysts said. The overall gauge of sales rose 0.4% from May following a revised 0.5% increase the previous month, according to...
  • Back2School help in Elkhart

    Back2School help in Elkhart
    ELKHART – The start of school is just weeks away, and parents are getting an idea of just how much that will impact their finances. According to the National Retail Federation, you will spend about $635 on shoes, clothes, supplies and...
  • BJ's Restaurants has a lot more locations in the oven

    BJ's Restaurants has a lot more locations in the oven
    Pizza and beer are a tasty pairing. A profitable one too. BJ's Restaurants Inc. specializes in deep-dish pizza and offers its own brand of craft-brewed beer, a combination that has helped it grow from a single restaurant in Santa Ana to 132 locations in...
  • Doreen's Deals: Back to school savings for parents and teachers

    Sunday's was the last day to legally cheat the tax man during Florida’s annual sales tax holiday. Not having to pay 6 percent tax helps, but parents will still shell out a whopping $634 on back-to-school shopping this year, says the National...
  • July retail sales a 'mixed bag,' up slightly on back-to-school buying

    July retail sales a 'mixed bag,' up slightly on back-to-school buying
    Retail sales rose a smidgen in July, growing 0.2% amid back-to-school shopping even as auto dealers and home goods merchants lagged. The slight month-to-month uptick represents the fourth straight gain, according to the Commerce Department. Wall...
  • Retail sales growth falls short of expectations

    Retail sales growth falls short of expectations
    Retail sales rose 0.2% in July in a slow-but-steady performance that suggests Americans aren't ready to spend enough to kick the economy into a higher gear. The month-to-month uptick represents the measure's fourth straight gain, the Commerce Department...