| 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...
| Feb 2, 2014
Nordstrom is famously forgiving when shoppers change their minds about purchases.
Customers love it — especially those whose motives may be questionable. The Seattle retailer has been known to take back well-worn clothing, shoes bought years...
| 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...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:41 AM
Retail sales growth will speed up, albeit slightly in 2014, rising 4.1 percent compared with an estimated 3.7 percent gain in 2013, the National Retail Federation said Thursday.
The Washington, D.C. based trade group which represents retailers such as...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 2:11 PM
If you're stumped for Valentine's Day gift ideas, short on cash and your sweetie is a dog lover, we've got a tip you are going to love.
It comes from Barb Sheetz in Zionsville. And just for the record, Barb did not suggest this as a Valentine's Day...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration again delayed a requirement that large employers provide their workers with health benefits, offering businesses more relief from the president's health law deadlines.
Under the law, employers with more than...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:16 PM
This year's streak of nasty weather is wreaking havoc on the economy, causing plunging worker productivity, soaring heating bills, canceled flights, damaged crops and frozen hiring.
But the bitter conditions, which last month left thousands stranded...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:49 PM
WASHINGTON -- After a spate of large-scale cyberattacks on large retailers, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. urged Congress to adopt a national standard for notifying consumers of a security breach.
Holder said creating such a law would bolster the Justice...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:11 PM
The massive theft of Target Corp. customer data contributed to a huge drop in fourth-quarter profit as the retailer scrambled to win back the trust of consumers and shore up its hobbled payments system.
The Minneapolis-based chain reported that profit...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 11:46 AM
From taxes on plastic bags to school calendars, the Virginia Retail Federation monitors state legislation for its members.
In a recent edition of the groups' "Retail Angles" publication, the federation reviewed some of the bills that may have an...
| 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...