| May 29, 2014
| 4:39 PM
"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...
| May 9, 2014
| 11:19 AM
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...
| May 9, 2014
| 11:20 AM
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...
| May 9, 2014
| 6:13 AM
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.
| May 10, 2014
| 2:52 PM
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...
| May 7, 2014
| 9:13 PM
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...
| May 13, 2014
| 6:29 PM
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...
| 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...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:49 PM
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.
| Dec 9, 2013
| 7:30 AM
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?
| 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...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:30 AM
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....