| Nov 25, 2013
| 6:02 AM
There are plenty of Thanksgiving Day traditions — turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, football.
But retailers across the country are hoping to add another tradition — holiday shopping.
An increasing number of retailers are...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 3:47 PM
It's Christmastime! Can't you hear the music?
As I wander through retail stores for my various shopping needs, I notice that the standard rotation of acceptable pop music jams has been updated to include holiday music. And not just any holiday. It's...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 12:35 PM
Retailers are wasting no time this holiday season showcasing great deals, long before the Black Friday doorbusters.
Walmart.com offered a 42-inch JVC TV for $300 on Nov. 1. Banana Republic and Pottery Barn discounted virtually their entire non-...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 11:37 AM
As it typical at this time of year, economists have been keeping a keen eye on retail sales across the nation and making forecasts about just how well they believe retailers will fare during the final weeks of 2013. Jitters abound because the calendar...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 10:50 AM
WASHINGTON Employers shrugged off a partial government shutdown in October and added a robust 204,000 non-farm jobs, the government said Friday in a much-better-than-expected report that also saw the jobless rate tick up slightly, to 7.3 percent....
| Nov 8, 2013
| 2:20 PM
WASHINGTON A much-better-than-expected jobs report Friday, combined with other strong economic indicators, raises the chances that the Federal Reserve may pull back on its stimulus for the economy sooner rather than later.
Mainstream economists had...
| Nov 6, 2013
The economy is showing some signs of strength — not tremendous strength, mind you, but enough to prove there was adequate heft to weather the partial government shutdown and keep investors in a stock market that has climbed a remarkable 23.6 percent...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 2:06 PM
While the state of the economy remains debatable, shoppers will continue to be conservative with their Christmas budgets, retail analysts say. And that means more bargain hunting.
Here are some tips from deal-finding experts and local savvy shoppers...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:32 AM
Christina Murphy wanted her Halloween party to be epic. Rooms were given ghoulish themes. Everything was cobwebbed. Each light bulb was switched out into autumn colors. She even hired a professional makeup artist for herself and guests.
| Oct 26, 2013
| 3:28 PM
Last week Cathy Woolley in Allentown showed us how to use tomato plant cages to make ghosts to decorate your lawn for Halloween.
But what if you don't have a garden or you don't have any tomato plant cages? You're probably feeling like you've been...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 1:11 PM
Though the federal government shutdown ended last week, the economic impact is likely to be felt in Maryland for months, dimming prospects for a robust holiday shopping season.
With Congress funding the government only through Jan. 15 — raising...