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  • Declining affordability, government shutdown are slowing home sales

    Declining affordability, government shutdown are slowing home sales
    Sales of previously owned homes fell in September, as declining affordability hampered demand, a trade group said. Existing sales of single-family houses, town homes, condominiums and co-ops dropped 1.9% from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate...
  • FDA proposes first rules regulating safety of pet food, animal feed

    The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to regulate the safety of pet food and animal feed for the first time. The regulations call for production guidelines that would minimize risks and prevent outbreaks of food-borne illness. The...
  • Consumer confidence at lowest level since January after shutdown

    Consumer confidence at lowest level since January after shutdown
    WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence dropped this month to its lowest level since January after the partial federal government shutdown, though the decline wasn't as bad as some had forecast, according to new data released Friday. The preliminary October...
  • Starbucks offers free coffee to urge end to shutdown stalemate

    Starbucks offers free coffee to urge end to shutdown stalemate
    With the federal government now in its second week of the shutdown and legislators at an impasse, Starbucks Corp. is hoping to set an example for Washington by offering free coffee. Wednesday through Friday, the Seattle java chain will give customers...
  • Consumer confidence index up in January, marking 2nd straight advance

    Consumer confidence index up in January, marking 2nd straight advance
    Consumer optimism about the economy increased in January for the second consecutive month as Americans shook off the effects of last fall's partial federal government shutdown, the Conference Board said Tuesday. The organization's consumer confidence...
  • Tom Shea, president, Right Management, Florida/Caribbean

    Tom Shea, president, Right Management, Florida/Caribbean
    Last week: Congrats to a 64-year-old dreamer. Many of us were here in 1978 when Diana Nyad made her first attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. That it took five tries makes her triumph even more inspirational.  As she said "you are never too old to chase...
  • Retail sales growth 'modest' in September but misses forecasts

    Retail sales growth 'modest' in September but misses forecasts
    Retail sales during the prime back-to-school shopping month of September grew more than the prior month but were still muffled by heavy head winds. The gauge of same-store sales, which calculates sales at stores open for more than a year, rose “...
  • Consumer prices rise on gas costs; annual inflation rate remains low

    Consumer prices rise on gas costs; annual inflation rate remains low
    WASHINGTON -- Higher gas costs helped push consumer prices up in last month by the largest margin in six months, but the annual inflation rate remained low, the Labor Department said Thursday. The Consumer Price Index increased 0.3% in December,...
  • Floridians feeling more gloomy about their finances

    Floridians feeling more gloomy about their finances
    Floridians are feeling more pessimistic about their personal finances, according to a University of Florida survey released Tuesday. Their view on whether their current finances are better than a year ago fell five points in February to 61, while...
  • Sebelius apologizes for Obamacare 'debacle'

    WASHINGTON — In her first appearance before Congress since the botched debut of the federal healthcare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday apologized for the "debacle," accepted responsibility and promised the...
  • It's showtime for Fort Lauderdale boat show

    It's showtime for Fort Lauderdale boat show
    This is what you can expect to find at the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show that opens today: More than 1,000 gleaming boats of every size and shape and price range imaginable;  a sultry fireworks show and a first-time ever children's clinic...
  • Black Friday keeps growing: Target, Toys R Us to open on Thanksgiving

    Black Friday keeps growing: Target, Toys R Us to open on Thanksgiving
    At this rate, shoppers hoping to get in on "Black Friday" deals will have to eat their turkey for lunch, as both Target and Toys R Us announced plans to open Thanksgiving evening. In its earliest opening ever, Target said it will welcome bargain hunters...