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  • A dreamy dorm room

    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...
  • How much do your kids contribute to back-to-school expenses?

    How much do your kids contribute to back-to-school expenses?
    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...
  • UPS to hire up to 95,000 temp workers for holiday season

    (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc is almost doubling the number of seasonal employees it hires for this year's holiday shopping season as it aims to avoid a repeat of last year's network breakdown during the crucial period. The world's largest parcel...
  • Summer retail sales rise but spending may not hold up through holidays

    Summer retail sales rise but spending may not hold up through holidays
    As back-to-school sales blur into Christmas layaway promotions, consumers are spending again — but some economists warn that the splurging may be fleeting. Americans opened their wallets in August after falling gas prices and an improving job...
  • Apodaca: Running the gauntlet that is the start of school

    It's back-to-school season, an annual event greeted by students with a mixture of excitement, anticipation and dread. Parents too, but in a different way. For those of us with kids in school, this time of year tests our strategic skills, logistics...
  • Frightfully early? No, say Halloween stores

    Frightfully early? No, say Halloween stores
    Three-year-old Giovanni Figueroa can't wait to get his superhero Halloween costume. "I want to be Iron Man, the blue one," he said with his dad, Christian, gently correcting him that blue Iron Man is actually sidekick War Machine. Halloween...
  • Parents Increasingly Have Designs On Their Kids' Dorm Decor

    Parents Increasingly Have Designs On Their Kids' Dorm Decor
    So much stuff, so little style. The dream dorm room was just not happening. Five years ago, Karen and Amanda Zuckerman hit the malls and big-box stores to decorate Amanda's freshman dorm at Washington University in St. Louis. The offerings were ......
  • Techno extras, social media power back-to-school trends

    Whether it's the Pinterest-worthy rainbow layer cake depicted on a slouchy sweatshirt, an insulated food bag stamped #lunch, or a gizmo to snap the perfect selfie, social media is at the center of this year's back-to-school purchases. But it's not just...
  • Tax-Free Week Expected To Save Shoppers Millions

    Tax-Free Week Expected To Save Shoppers Millions
    Connecticut shoppers can look forward to a little extra money in their wallets when the state holds its annual tax-free week Aug. 17 to 23. During that time, the 6.35 percent sales tax on most clothing and shoe purchases under $300 will be waived....
  • Information you can bank on

    In the bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to keep up with all the trends and issues that affect your wallet as a consumer. For example, did you know there's potential for a new tax on your Internet service and that the formula for calculating...
  • Shoppers waiting longer to finish back-to-school list

    Shoppers waiting longer to finish back-to-school list
    Back to school shoppers are waiting a little longer than they did last year to finish their shopping, perhaps to take advantage of end-of-summer deals, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday. The average family with kids in grades K-12 had...
  • The American consumer is back, with an asterisk

    BOSTON Written off in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the U.S. consumer is back. Not quite with a vengeance, but definitely back. It's noticeable to Marie Galvin, owner of GALVIN-ized in Boston, where handmade women's hats a discretionary...