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  • Cards, not cash, for Mom

    Cards, not cash, for Mom
    Cash is crass. Clearly, that's the perception since gift card spending for Mother's Day is up again this year. Apparently, the I-can't-think-of-anything-to-buy-my-mom crowd, or 43 percent of those purchasing a Mother's Day gift, will fork over $2.1...
  • Romney calls for minimum-wage increase in split with business groups

    Romney calls for minimum-wage increase in split with business groups
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, splitting with party leaders and some top business groups on what's expected to a major issue in this year's midterm elections. "I ......
  • Readers react to cheap gifts for mom

    It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while we are reminded that trying to help people save some money can have the unintended consequence of making some people really mad. It happened when we shared banana man's tip for peeling bananas to make...
  • Mother's Day is the mother of all touchy holidays

    Mother's Day is the mother of all touchy holidays
    Mother's Day, like motherhood itself, is fraught with peril. There are so many ways to get it wrong, so many opportunities to disappoint and be disappointed. Those who bristle at all the gaudy consumerism often invoke such platitudes as "Every day...
  • 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...
  • Money maxims: What dads can tell grads

    "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend." —Polonius giving fatherly advice to his son Laertes in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" It's "dads and grads" season, which, besides being retailers' rhyming...
  • Americans to spend $7 billion less on dads than moms this year

    Americans to spend $7 billion less on dads than moms this year
    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...
  • The mother of all Father's Day Gifts

    Dads, our numbers are in, and I have to say, they're not looking good. For 2014, the National Retail Federation finds that the average spending on Father's Day gifts will be $113.80, a drop of more than $6 from last year. Even more disturbing is the fact...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Retail sales surge in March at fastest pace in 1 1/2 years

    Retail sales surge in March at fastest pace in 1 1/2 years
    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...
  • I'm seeing red over Black Thursday

    The news that Walmart, Sears, Toys R Us, Kmart and Target will launch the Black Friday sales stampede on Thanksgiving night -- and not the day after -- is the final stake through the wishbone of our national day of thanks. Old Kris Kringle got his...