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Better Business Bureau changes ratings system

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Better Business Bureau, criticized by Connecticut’s attorney general for a system that he called pay for play, said Thursday it’s abandoning a practice that awarded rating points simply because a business was accredited. The business group ...

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Upscale retailers are recovering more quickly

Third-quarter earnings reports from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Saks Fifth Avenue show the far different streets their customers are living on. Wal-Mart’s third-quarter sales in the U.S. got squeezed as its financially strapped customers dealt with dire economic straits. Saks’ ...

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UPS to hire about 50,000 workers for holiday season

ATLANTA — UPS says it will hire about 50,000 temporary workers to handle the crush of holiday shipments this year. United Parcel Service said Tuesday that it expects to deliver 430 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The busiest should ...

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Lower costs help Lowe’s 3Q profit rise by 19 percent

Lowe’s Cos.’ said Monday shoppers are spending on smaller painting and gardening projects but still avoiding major renovations because of worries about the economy. But the home-improvement retailer said it is focused on reining in inventory and costs, which helped ...

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Mergers and acquisitions in Maryland nearly double in 3Q

A buyer’s market, greater confidence and more access to credit and financing helped drive up the number of mergers and acquisitions in Maryland for the third quarter of this year. Following up on healthy second-quarter activity, the number and value ...

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Navy Federal settles consumer class action

Navy Federal Credit Union has settled a class-action lawsuit with more than 6,000 customers who alleged the company repossessed their cars without fully notifying them of their consumer rights. The settlement, approved this month in U.S. District Court in Maryland, ...

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Florida company introduces new, red celery

MINNEAPOLIS — Is America ready for red celery? A Florida produce company thinks so and has bet consumers will bite on the colorful crunch of its new product. Red celery will hit selected supermarkets Dec. 1 — in time to ...

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