| Aug 19, 2014
| 1:35 PM
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...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 10:05 AM
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...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 3:52 PM
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...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 2:50 PM
WASHINGTON July marked a sixth straight month with 200,000-plus jobs growth, the government said Friday, cementing the view of a firming U.S. economic recovery. Deeper within the numbers, however, was an explanation for why many Americans still don't feel...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 2:02 PM
It's time for back-to-school shopping, and Florida families will get a break on sales tax this weekend when they buy clothing, supplies and computers.
The three-day "tax holiday" falls just before the start of school, which is Aug. 11 in Seminole County...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 4:57 AM
If you're back-to-school shopping this weekend before public school starts Monday, I've got loads of savings and deals for you. The average family will spend more than $669 on school necessities this year, says a National Retail Federation survey.
| Aug 3, 2014
Back-to-school shopping isn't just an end-of-summer activity anymore.
Deals on classroom supplies, clothes and electronics started before Fourth of July picnics and close to 40 percent of consumers have already made back-to-school purchases, according...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 9:47 AM
Families expect to spend more on school items than they did last year, even though more than 80 percent say the tough economy still impacts their spending decisions, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school survey....
| Jul 9, 2014
| 11:30 AM
Retailers are rushing goods into the nation's ports, fearful labor strife may arrive on the docks and affect the busy holiday season, a trade group said.
The powerful longshoremen’s union is negotiating a new contract for its nearly 20,000...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 12:36 PM
The National Retail Federation named Sen. Mark Warner its Legislator of the Year for his work in Congress on behalf of small businesses.
Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said the group particularly appreciated Warner's work on data and...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 8:23 PM
Kate Smith was never one to rifle through the racks at thrift stores. But when she saw almost new high-end kids' clothes selling at steep discounts on online resale shop ThredUp, the mom of two felt she'd made a real back-to-school shopping find.
| Aug 16, 2014
The countdown to the new school year is on in Palm Beach County, and so is last-minute back-to-school shopping.
Students and parents headed to local stores Friday to stock up on paper, color pencils and other school supplies needed for the new school...