| Jun 13, 2014
Organized retail crime — not just your run-of-the-mill-shoplifter — has hit almost every store in the past year, experts say.
Nearly 90 percent of retailers have been victims of organized retail crime, the National Retail Federation found in...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 6:05 AM
Failure to reach a new labor contract for nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports could cause far-reaching disruptions to factory jobs, import prices and even holiday gift-buying habits.
So says a new report from the National Assn. of...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 2:45 PM
Can moral suasion — in the absence of tougher statutory controls — help to quell the incidents of gun violence that continue to plague this country?
That's the hope of Connecticut's congressional delegation. The lawmakers are urging...
| 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...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 11:56 AM
Father's Day, the smallest of the American gift-giving holidays, is expected to bring in just $12.5 billion this year -- a "blip on the retail sales radar," the National Retail Federation said.
Mother’s Day spending, by comparison, was estimated...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 5:59 PM
WASHINGTON — Seeking to end the long-running battle over the collection of sales taxes for online purchases, the House Judiciary Committee debated possible compromises that included two ideas to tax Internet sales based on the retailer's home state,...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 5:06 PM
With the first hint of spring sunshine last month, shoppers began emerging from hibernation, fueling hopes that a particularly bitter winter was to blame for the sour economic signals of recent months.
Retail sales rose 0.3% to $427.2 billion in...
| May 3, 2014
| 3:05 PM
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.
| Apr 14, 2014
| 5:27 PM
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...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 7:10 AM
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales surged last month at their fastest pace in 1-1/2 years as consumer spending heated up after a harsh winter.
The Commerce Department said Monday that seasonally adjusted retail sales increased 1.1% in March. Officials also...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
It's no secret that we Americans can be a nation of dim-bulbs when it comes to spending our money, which we so often do in breathtakingly stupid ways. During 2012, for example, we spent $11.8 billion -- yes, billion with a "b" -- on bottled water. That...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 11:31 AM
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...