| Nov 17, 2012
| 6:19 AM
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...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 3:18 PM
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...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 2:44 PM
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....
| Oct 23, 2012
| 10:44 AM
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...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 5:43 PM
Baltimore is among the regions hardest-hit by organized retail crime, a growing national problem in which gangs steal and sell goods, a retail trade group reported Tuesday.
A survey by the National Retail Federation shows that almost no retailer is...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 5:23 PM
Unless he's wearing Batman underwear and a cape, Mark Harvey — who usually dresses for Orioles games in a team ballcap and jeans — would be difficult to pick out of a crowd.
That's why he attracted little attention Thursday as he walked...
| Dec 11, 2011
We want gift cards and like to give them, but for some reason we don't always use them and wind up wasting billions of dollars.
A recent poll by Consumer Reports, for instance, found that one-quarter of people who received a card as a holiday gift last...
| Aug 19, 2012
| 9:34 AM
It may be unseemly, when given a gift, to ask for more. But for struggling families, it would be nice to get more with regard to the Maryland's August gift to shoppers — a week to buy clothing without sales tax.
Maryland Tax Free Week ended Aug....
| Aug 2, 2012
| 9:24 AM
In a race to beat other retailers in sales growth, Under Armourmay not have won gold, but the athletic apparel brand secured fifth place - not bad out of a field of 100.
The Baltimore company was the fifth fastest growing retailer in the U.S. last year,...
| Aug 5, 2012
Gloomy economic news has cast a pall over the dorm room daydreams of college kids for several years now, but those who track retail sales figures think this might be a breakout season.
More of America's children are going away to college this year than...
| Jul 15, 2012
It's the height of summer, but inside many Baltimore-area stores, fall has arrived.
While shoppers sorted through racks of discounted shorts and tank tops, retailers at White Marsh Mall began displaying school backpacks and uniforms. Area Target stores...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 11:13 AM
Now that August has arrived, I'm starting to get the kids ready for going back to school. I'm trying to get them to bed earlier. I'm nagging them to finish their summer reading assignments. And I have the 11-year-old practicing his multiplication and...