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Business inventories and sales rose July

WASHINGTON — Businesses added to their stockpiles in July for a 19th straight month and their sales increased by the most since March. The Commerce Department says business inventories rose 0.4 percent in July following a similar gain in June. ...

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Consumers gloomy but their spending says otherwise

WASHINGTON — Economists have advice for anyone worried that consumers are too fearful to keep spending: Look at what they’re doing, not what they’re saying. A survey of consumer confidence shows that Americans were spooked early this month by the ...

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Hurricane Irene: a mixed bag for retailers

NEW YORK — Hurricane Irene’s impact on retailers is similar to its effect on various states. Some got hit hard. Some didn’t get hit at all. And although there are billions of dollars in losses, it will take time to fully ...

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Stocks plummet on worries about slower global economy

NEW YORK — Stocks are tumbling around the world on more signs of economic weakness. In the U.S., the government says more people filed for unemployment benefits last week than were expected. And there are signs that inflation is rising ...

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Maryland consumers, business owners gear up for tax-free shopping week

When it comes to money, two things are certain: shoppers like saving it and business owners like making it. Anything that makes it easier to reach those goals simultaneously is good to go — at least according to consumers and ...

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