Traditional toys remain popular Christmas buys

...the kid-focused Nabi tablet and VTech electronic learning toys are popular holiday buys, it doesn't hamper the retail store's toy business, Ebenroth said."We sell them," he said. "But kids are always going to want to have toys."

US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

...percent inflation rate.Other recent data also point to an improving economy. Shoppers spent more in November at retail stores and restaurants, as tumbling gas prices left them with more money to spend on other goods and services.And factory...

Flat Creek Dairy & Farm recalls 3 lots of cheese over possible salmonella contamination

...according to Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail stores and food warehouses to make sure the recalled product is removed from sale.Flat Creek Farm & Dairy has recalled three...

Shoppers still look to layaway for holiday purchases

...she found layaway helpful for saving money.Bates said she placed a pair of boots for her niece on layaway at a local retail store and found them discounted by $10 when she returned weeks later to claim the merchandise."Sometimes put stuff on...

Bebe discloses data breach

...include Home Depot Inc., Target Inc., Michaels, SuperValu Inc., Neiman Marcus and others. Bebe currently runs 175 retail stores, including its on-line store, and 35 outlet stores.The company said that its investigation to date suggests the...

Area retailers see bright holiday sales outlook

...Saturday ? a national campaign American Express launched in 2010 to generate holiday revenue for locally-owned retail stores on the day after Black Friday."It was very hard to even keep up with the amount of people that were in the store...

Augusta-area merchants welcome Small Business Saturday

...Business Saturday is a national campaign launched in 2010 by Ameri can Express to help direct shoppers to locally owned retail stores on the day after Black Friday. American Ex press estimates that more than 1,400 neighborhoods nationwide participate...

Capitalism has been long deprecated, but its spirit takes a deserved bow

...exchange of items of value ? goods, personal services and money. People exchange items with a trading partner ? a retail store, barber or restaurant. Free exchange means negotiation without any coercion, including government or the threat...

Columbia County food pantries feed a need not everyone knows about

...The remaining 20 percent of the food we distribute and 90 percent of the health and comfort items are purchased from retail stores. ONE OF THE ISSUES I have been fighting for three years is that food pantries are not sales-tax-exempt, so a...

Early holiday shoppers already crossing off lists in Augusta

...NRF predicts overall holiday spending will increase by 4.1 percent this year to $616.9 billion."The on-site retail stores have successfully created sales events, and these events are the new draw for customers," Barilla said. "By creating...