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Nov 15, 2010

Less glitzy holiday parties making a return

It’s never a question whether Bob Leffler’s annual holiday party will go on or not. “I’d rather cut something else out than not say ‘thank you’” to the media representatives with whom his company — The Leffler Agency — works, the agency’s president said. For the 27th year in a row, Leffler’s holiday party — […]

Nov 12, 2010 to hire thousands to fill holiday orders

SEATTLE — Inc. said Friday it is hiring more than 15,500 people to fill temporary holiday jobs at shipping centers around the country, more than it hired last year. The online retail giant said in news releases that it will hire more than 5,000 people in Phoenix and Goodyear, Ariz., and 4,000 in Pennsylvania […]

Nov 11, 2010

Holiday shopping battle starts to get pitched

NEW YORK — From free shipping from Wal-Mart to Sears stores open on Thanksgiving for the first time, the battle for holiday shoppers’ dollars has begun in earnest. The early competition to break through shoppers’ caution about spending promises savings for those willing to buy amid an economy that’s still worrying many. It also promises […]

Oct 11, 2010

AT&T launching 3 Microsoft-powered phones

NEW YORK — AT&T will launch three new smart phones ahead of the holiday shopping season that run on Microsoft’s new mobile software. The phones will be a test of whether Microsoft Corp. can catch up with rivals in the fast-growing smart phone market. And they could help AT&T Inc. make up for a possible […]

Sep 8, 2010

From Jesus to Jedi, Loudon County OKs displays

LEESBURG, Va. — The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to continue a policy that lets people erect religious and secular displays during the holidays on the grounds of the county courthouse. The board already has received applications not only for a Nativity scene but also for displays by an atheist group and one […]

Sep 7, 2010

Post holiday pump prices should slide

Motorists should see pump prices slide again after they spending a little more to fill their tanks over the Labor Day weekend. The national average for a gallon of unleaded regular was $2.682 Tuesday, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. That’s 0.5 cent higher than a week ago and 9.9 cents […]

Sep 1, 2010

Hurricane Earl drives tourists off N.C. islands before holiday

RALEIGH, N.C. — Powerful Hurricane Earl spun toward the East Coast on Wednesday, driving tourists from North Carolina’s vacation islands and threatening to bring damaging winds and waves all along the Atlantic seaboard through Labor Day weekend. Visitors took ferries off of Ocracoke Island and were told to leave neighboring Cape Hatteras in North Carolina’s […]

Nov 30, 2009

More shoppers but spending on Black Friday weekend down

Individual spending during Black Friday weekend (the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving) was down 8 percent this year to $343.31, or about $29 less than last year, according to the National Retail Federation. And that’s even though the number of shoppers increased for the three-day kick-start to the holiday shopping season — 195 million […]

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