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  • Retail sales nearly flat in April

    Retail sales nearly flat in April
    U.S. shoppers sat on their wallets in April despite the lure of warm spring weather and the late Easter holiday, leaving retail sales stagnant as other economic indicators improved. A gauge of retail sales ticked up 0.1% last month from the month...
  • Make mom happy without going broke

    Sorry moms. We've got some bad news as your big day of the year approaches. The typical American will spend $162.94 on mom this year for Mother's Day, down 3.6 percent from 2013, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation. And...
  • Shopping around Mother's Day gift ideas

    Shopping around Mother's Day gift ideas
    Betsy Storm may be a better person than I am. She is much too gracious to say or even think it. But when she emailed with her idea for philanthropic gifts for Mother's Day, I was a little ashamed of my selfish reaction. Storm, a mother of two adult...
  • Surging retail sales signal an economy on the upswing

    Surging retail sales signal an economy on the upswing
    Americans rushed out to shop as frigid weather lifted in March, propelling retail sales at the fastest pace in a year and a half. The gauge from the Commerce Department surged 1.1% last month from February in its biggest leap since September 2012. Sales...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Business groups give Obama's State of the Union speech mixed reviews

    Business groups give Obama's State of the Union speech mixed reviews
    WASHINGTON -- Business groups gave mixed reviews to President Obama's State of the Union address. They praised him for urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling the corporate tax code, making it easier to strike trade deals and reforming the...
  • Severe winter weather estimated to cost U.S. economy nearly $50 billion

    Severe winter weather estimated to cost U.S. economy nearly $50 billion
    The severe weather that has hit much of the country this winter has cost the economy nearly $50 billion in lost productivity and 76,000 jobs, according to a new survey. Snow, ice and bitter cold will shave about 0.3 percentage point from economic...
  • Are J.C. Penney's turnaround moves wise or foolish?

    Are J.C. Penney's turnaround moves wise or foolish?
    It's not looking pretty for J.C. Penney. The Plano, Texas, company said this week that it plans to close 33 under-performing stores around the country by early May and shave 2,000 jobs off its books. Chief Executive Myron Ullman called the move —...
  • Target to drop health policies for part-timers

    Target to drop health policies for part-timers
    Target Corp. became the latest major company to say it will stop offering healthcare coverage for part-time workers, and experts said it won't be the last. The Minneapolis company announced in a corporate blog post that it was changing its benefits...
  • Kids and Money: Gift-card swaps give value to unwanted presents

    A well-intentioned uncle sent your eight-year-old a Toys R Us gift card for Christmas. But rather than Transformers or Legos, your youngster really wants a nice leather basketball from his favorite sporting goods store. Call this an opportunity to...