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'Impairment' of Sears name adds to quarterly loss

Sears Holdings, parent of the Sears and Kmart retail chains,last week said it would take a charge of $180 million in the fourth quarter to reflect “impairment” of the Sears name, boosting losses for the quarter to $5.44 per share. Does CEO Edward Lampert had something up his sleeve

Study to take new look at Lake George traffic

A new study is planned to examine summertime traffic congestion along “The Million-Dollar Half Mile” of Route 9 off Northway Exit 20.

Clothing donation bin regulations on the way

Clothing donation bin regulations on the way

One thing I learned from becoming an empty-nester is that while the kids may leave home, their “stuff” remains.

Prepared food trend heats up at stores

Prepared food trend heats up at stores

The light bulb went on over my head when I heard this number: $15 billion.

Bashing rivals not prudent practice

Bashing rivals not prudent practice

It seemed like a lesson that should have been learned in a business-basics class: Don’t talk up your product by bashing a competitor’s.

Push brewing for compostable coffee pods

Push brewing for compostable coffee pods

Last summer, a reader critiqued a column I wrote about Keurig Green Mountain, the Vermont company whose name is synonymous with coffee and coffeemakers, lamenting that I made no mention of the environmental impacts of its single-serve K-Cup brew pods.

Wal-Mart not giving up on idea of small store

Wal-Mart not giving up on idea of small store

Laura Kennedy isn’t sure why Wal-Mart wasn’t able to make a go of its smaller Express stores, a concept the retail giant said it is abandoning.

Stewart’s adding offerings for ‘fence sitters’ as it grows


Stewart’s Shops, the ubiquitous home-grown convenience store chain, anticipates “an even bigger wow number” for 2016 than the $30 million spent on capital projects last year.

Signs are positive for women business owners

For Susan Radzyminski, a telling sign is having two Albany chapters of the national Women Presidents' Organization, a select membership group for female executives at multimillion-dollar private companies.

Planned merger of two banks worries lawmaker


Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is leery of the planned merger of KeyCorp and First Niagara Financial Group, anticipating a loss of bank jobs and competition in the state.

Food retailers take note as Millennials flex buying power

Food retailers take note as Millennials flex buying power

I dodged a bullet by not getting a cookbook for Daughter No. 2 for Christmas.

Tapping thirst for 'sustainable' products

Tapping thirst for 'sustainable' products

It wasn't hard to spot the new player in bottled water on the Whole Foods shelf in Colonie, standing out in all of its baby-blue glory.

Postal Service benefits by delivering for Amazon

Postal Service benefits by delivering for Amazon

I was out for my morning power-walk in the neighborhood when I heard the familiar sound of the mail truck. Odder than hearing it at that time of day — my street typically has afternoon delivery — was the day itself: Sunday.

Grocer seeks ‘Fresh’ approach beyond pricing


I think I heard a gasp — followed by a “You’re kidding!” — when the woman in front of me at The Fresh Market in Latham showed surprise at her total at the register.

Carriers could score points by curbing robocalls


Had I been polled, I’d have stood shoulder to shoulder with respondents who gleefully said they would switch phone companies to get access to free tools and services to block robocalls.

Millennials poised to keep Realtors busy

Millennials poised to keep Realtors busy

Daughter No. 2, I learned this week, is part of a big bulge in the really big bulge coming down the demographic pike.

Volkswagen can’t buy way out of mess

Volkswagen had few friends on Twitter this week after offering gift cards and vouchers to diesel owners caught up in the car company’s emissions software scandal.

Online grocers still finding their way

Some 4 percent of grocery sales now occur online. In a decade, it could be as much as 17 percent of spending, according to estimates by the Chicago consulting firm Brick Meets Click.

No end in sight to ‘golden’ era of CEO exit packages

Here’s a quick test: What do Jeff Smisek, Bryan Stockton and Stephen Bennett have in common?

Quirky assets might soon hit auction block

Quirky assets might soon hit auction block

Friday is shaping up to be an important day for Quirky, the online inventors’ platform that filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

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