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Retail leaders say auto’s woes are stealing the spotlight

At the National Retail Federation convention in New York Tuesday, some industry leaders noted that while there are about 25 million retail jobs in the United States — 10 times the number of auto industry jobs — they believe the ...

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Happy holidays to Amazon.com

While the rest of the retail outlets are suffering losses of 5 to 25 percent this season, Amazon.com declared Friday that it had its best holiday season ever, saying it saw a 17 percent increase in orders on Dec. 15, ...

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Where the deals are

Writing the Cyber Monday retail story and perusing all the Web sites with enticing deals and the kind of bargains I haven’t seen outside of a store closing sale definitely got my competitive side all geared up. I have to ...

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Welcome back. Now let’s shop.

To all those who’ve returned to work after three, four, or five days off: It’s great to be back, isn’t it? I logged into my personal email this morning (in an effort to delay the mental return-to-work for another five ...

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Retail in Towson vs. Charles Street

This week my colleague Robbie Whelan took a look at why Charles Street businesses can’t seem to stick around. Citing low foot traffic, business owners also said city and the local business associations didn’t do enough to encourage customers to ...

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Local Steve & Barry’s stores to stay open

Good news for fans of low-price (but profit-challenged) clothing retailer Steve & Barry’s. The bankrupt company, whose assets were acquired in July by BHY Holdings LHC, is closing 103 locations in the U.S. – but none in Maryland. According to ...

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Going “Midcentury modern”

How would you like to spend your weekdays scouting for vintage furniture? Rob Degenhard and Nini Sarmiento, owners of the Home Anthology store, do. The couple’s Catonsville furniture store is open only on weekends, allowing them to spend the week ...

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Outsourcing love

How about this: last weekend, I saw a feature story about up-and-coming grooms-to-be hiring a proposal planner to craft an elaborate marriage proposal. Those in the wedding business are psyched about this extension of the almost $50 billion-dollar industry. (Except ...

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Outsourcing love

How about this: last weekend, I saw a feature story about up-and-coming grooms-to-be hiring a proposal planner to craft an elaborate marriage proposal. Those in the wedding business are psyched about this extension of the almost $50 billion-dollar industry. (Except ...

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