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Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals

...accounts for about 20 percent of retail industry's annual sales. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, forecasts a 4.1 percent sales increase to $616.9 billion for November and December from last year. But...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-30/wal-mart-tests-matching-pr
Holiday hiring in full swing

...from October to December over the past two years.In 2012, there were 1,600 positions added to wholesale trade, retail trade and transportation and warehousing during those three months. Last year, that number rose by 100 to 1,700 jobs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-10-10/holiday-hir
Wal-Mart to offer free shipping on top holiday items

...accounts for about 20 percent of retail industry's annual sales. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, forecasts a 4.1 percent sales increase to $616.9 billion for November and December from last year. But...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-31/wal-mart-offer-free-shippi
Women-owned firms growing quickest in Georgia

...the real estate, finance and insurance and wholesale trade sectors but are still lagging in educational services and retail/trade."I think there are a couple of reasons that contribute to this trend," said Sue Parr, the president and CEO of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-08-23/women-owned
Local small business owners avoid taking credit cards, extra fees

...customers. "I would have to go up on my prices."According to the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association, credit card swipe fees have tripled in the past decade, now costing merchants an estimated $30 billion...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-03-14/local-small
Augusta metro unemployment down to 7.2 percent

...dropped primarily because 1,600 more Augusta residents were employed in December, mostly due to seasonal hiring in retail trade, transportation and warehousing. The last time the reported jobless rate was this low was in November 2008.The metro...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-30/augusta-metro-unemployment
Georgia unemployment rate improves

...The rate dropped primarily because 4,020 more Georgians were employed in December, mostly due to seasonal hiring in retail trade, transportation and warehousing," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. "And, I'm particularly pleased...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-23/georgia-unemployment-rate-
Metro Augusta jobless rate best since 2008

...the year, jobs were up by 900 from 215,600 in November 2012. The job gainers were in education and health care, retail trade, and leisure and hospitality.The unemployment rate for Georgia last month was 7.3 percent. It was 7.1 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-26/metro-augusta-jobless-rate
Augusta-area economy continues in a strong recovery mode, figures show

...particular, has benefited from growth in various industries, including manufacturing, construction, financial services, retail trade. as well as leisure and hospitality.If there is a knock on the local economy, it is that it is not growing as fast...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2013-12-27/augusta-are
Holiday sales better than expected, but a drop in store visits shows shoppers browse online

...than the 14 percent growth the research firm had expected.The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, is expected to release holiday sales numbers for online and stores combined on Tuesday. The group estimates...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-08/holiday-sales-better-expec