| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:34 PM
With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December.
Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 10:30 PM
Edgy Scottish novelist
Iain Banks, 59, a Scottish writer who alternately wowed and disturbed readers with his dark jokes and narrative tricks, died Sunday. His publisher, Little Brown, announced his death but did not provide other details....
| Sep 26, 2013
| 12:37 PM
It’s a favorite parlor game for science geeks: predicting who will win the Nobel Prizes.
For guidance, you can look to the winners of the Lasker Awards for medical research, or the Shaw Prizes for astronomy and life sciences. Recipients of the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 7:41 AM
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 “...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 7:55 AM
A welcome trinity of factors -- perkier job prospects, summer temperatures and more affordable prices -- helped retail sales in June beat expectations.
Same-store sales at shops open at least a year -- a measure that strips out the volatility of...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 8:38 AM
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence unexpectedly dropped slightly this month amid increased concern about the outlook for the economic recovery.
The preliminary July consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters, released...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Some brittle and warped, others as smooth and flat as the day they left the processing shop, the 35-millimeter negatives trickle in to Xiao Ma's dank recycling depot in north Beijing, collected by a network of trash pickers. Stuffed into old rice bags and...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Apple Inc. reports its third-quarter financial results after the markets close Tuesday, and expectations for the tech giant aren't high.
A prolonged product drought has dampened the fervor that had surrounded the company over the last few years, with...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 7:59 AM
WASHINGTON -- Americans are more optimistic about the economy than at any time since the Great Recession as rising home and stock prices boosted consumer confidence this month to a six-year high.
The consumer sentiment index from the University of...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:41 AM
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence dropped this month from a more than five-year high, but still remains well above levels of a year ago, the Conference Board said Tuesday.
The group's index decreased to 80.3 in July from an upwardly revised 82.1 in...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 8:36 AM
Retail sales for July missed expectations as discounters and teen apparel stores struggled, causing Wall Street to fret about the fate of back-to-school shopping.
A monthly gauge of same-store sales from Thomson Reuters found 4.2% growth from a year...