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  • 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...
  • Apodaca: The gift mom really wants is time

    Mother's Day is 100 years old Sunday. Anna Jarvis, the woman credited for its establishment, would be horrified. Jarvis' idea had plenty of historical precedent. The honoring of mothers in some form or another can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and...
  • 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...
  • Lobby update: What retailers say about Virginia bills

    Lobby update: What retailers say about Virginia bills
    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...
  • Playing blame game over Target data breaches is lame

    It was only a matter of time before the finger-pointing started over who is to blame for data breaches like the recent high-profile ones at Target and Neiman Marcus that exposed the credit and debit card information of millions of shoppers. Retailers...
  • Treat gift cards and certificates like cash

    Treat gift cards and certificates like cash
    Question: At the L.A. Times Travel show in February, I won a round-trip ticket on EVA Air for travel to Taiwan. I lost the award letter, and EVA tells me it can't be replaced. I'd like to use it. Can anyone help? Gulnara Acosta Long Beach Answer:...
  • Data theft at Target hurt sales, earnings during holidays

    Data theft at Target hurt sales, earnings during holidays
    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...
  • Adults have hijacked Halloween

    Halloween is a dangerous holiday, and I don't mean dangerous in a witchy-ghosty way. Halloween equals candy and that, in turn, means grown-up temptation, the siren song of Milky Ways and Tootsie Rolls, the crunchy call of Kit Kats and Krackel candy bars....