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  • Expand back-to-school tax breaks to include supplies [Commentary]

     Expand back-to-school tax breaks to include supplies [Commentary]
    By most accounts, Maryland Tax-Free Week has been a good way for shoppers to get a limited break from Maryland's 6 percent sales tax. Timed to coincide with back-to-school shopping in August, shoppers don't have to pay state sales tax when buying most...
  • Congregations focus on living wages as part of Labor Day initiative

    Congregations focus on living wages as part of Labor Day initiative
    An immigrant Ivory Coast worker told a West Baltimore church congregation Sunday what it's like to make $11.50 an hour washing dishes at a food concession at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport — and struggle to make ends...
  • Jos. A. Bank appoints former department store head to board

    Jos. A. Bank appoints former department store head to board
    Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. has appointed a former Bon-Ton Stores executive to its board of directors, the Hampstead-based men's apparel chain said Wednesday. Byron "Bud" Bergren's appointment takes effect immediately, the company said. Bergren had...
  • In Baltimore and beyond, Super Bowl is cause for big-screen treatment

    In Baltimore and beyond, Super Bowl is cause for big-screen treatment
    Super Bowl season typically is a busy time for television sales, but in the Baltimore area, some stores have seen an extra boost as fans get ready for game day parties on Feb. 3, when the Ravens face the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. "It's without a doubt,...
  • Consumers will spend $285 on average for back-to-school

    Consumers will spend $285 on average for back-to-school
    Consumers plan to spend an average of several hundred dollars to upward of $600 getting kids ready for school, and plenty aren't waiting until August, the busiest back-to-school spending period. The National Retail Federation expects families with...
  • Gift card sales booming during the holidays

    Gift card sales booming during the holidays
    Cheryl Knauer has a restaurant gift card in mind for her in-laws, a massage gift card planned for another family member and intends to pick up cards in smaller dollar amounts to Chick-fil-A and Starbucks for kids' stockings and teachers' gifts. The...
  • Obama delays health care law provision for businesses

    Obama delays health care law provision for businesses
    — The Obama administration plans to postpone a key requirement of the president's health law, delaying until 2015 penalties on large employers that don't offer health coverage. The one-year delay, announced by the Treasury Department late...
  • Dock workers, ports reach tentative agreement, averting strike

    Dock workers, ports reach tentative agreement, averting strike
    Dock workers and the management of 15 East Coast and Gulf ports reached a tentative agreement on a new master contract late Friday night, averting a threatened walkout on Wednesday. The six-year deal between the International Longshoremen's Association,...
  • Stores entice Black Friday shoppers with earlier openings, more sales

    Stores entice Black Friday shoppers with earlier openings, more sales
    Consumers have come to expect the deep discounts that define Black Friday, but retailers hope to entice shoppers this year with more choices in how and when they buy. Responding to what they say is consumer demand, retailers have pushed store openings...
  • Port strike averted as union, management resolve sticking point

    Port strike averted as union, management resolve sticking point
    A weekend strike by dockworkers from Maine to Texas was averted Friday after union and management negotiators settled a major sticking point and extended the contract deadline until Feb. 6 to hammer out the rest of a long-term deal. The announcement came...
  • Contract talks between dockworkers, management break down

    Contract talks between dockworkers, management break down
    Talks have broken down between the union representing nearly 15,000 East Coast and Gulf longshoremen and the group representing shippers and port operators, with little more than a week to go before their contract expires. Meeting Tuesday in Newark, N.J....
  • Halloween's fiendish fun translates into big bucks

    Halloween's fiendish fun translates into big bucks
    The National Retail Federation says Halloween will be an $8 billion industry this year, with seven in 10 Americans celebrating and spending an average of nearly $80 per person on costumes, candy and decorations. Don't believe it? Look no farther than...