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GE execs might soon be forced to buy own appliances

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
General Electric may sell its Kentucky-based appliances business, which reaches back to more than a century of consumer “white goods” such as refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, washers/dryers, air conditioners and water heaters.

Cable merger closely scrutinized

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
I’ve got a bad case of MEGO — my eyes glaze over — after reading through the state’s online file on the proposed merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable.

Bruegger’s hoping burgers will help keep brand fresh

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
You have to admit, it grabs your attention: Bruegger’s, the bagel bakery, is introducing burgers at its restaurants.

‘Activist’ investing pays off for Icahn

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, sounded pretty pleased Monday afternoon, following that morning’s announcement that Dollar Tree will buy Family Dollar Stores for $8.5 billion in cash and stock.

Vera Bradley adds some stores, but loses others

Thursday, July 24, 2014
You now can buy Vera Bradley’s colorful paisley- and floral-print quilted cotton totes and accessories at Macy’s at Colonie Center and at the company store in Crossgates Mall.

Cupcake craze cooling

Thursday, July 17, 2014
My sweet tooth must have been on the fritz. That’s the only way I can explain how I missed the news that a gourmet cupcake company went public with an offering of stock.

Nonprofit hoping for ‘win-win’ with Etsy

Thursday, July 3, 2014
FuzeHub, an Albany nonprofit that works with small and mid-sized manufacturers across the state, will kick off a pilot project next week to gauge the needs of Etsy sellers and see whether New York manufacturers might help.

Grocery industry growing organic

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Whole Foods is part of a segment of the grocery industry called “fresh format,” a niche popular with consumers for its focus on natural, organic, ethnic and, of course, top-quality fresh products. The category’s numbers may be small — passing just 1,000 stores nationwide last year — but its sales grew a respectable 10.4 percent in 2013 to $14 billion.

Friendly’s bids for comeback

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Friendly's, the family restaurant chain founded by a pair of brothers in Massachusetts nearly 80 years ago, is trying to right itself after a tough couple of decades best remembered for corporate infighting, a succession of new owners, abrupt closings and a quick trip to bankruptcy court.

SUNY Adirondack ideal place to start

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Ed Bartholomew, the economic development chief in Warren County, doesn’t expect a flood of inquiries now that SUNY Adirondack’s plan for participating in START-UP NY is approved. But he does expect interest from companies.

Will Kreme rise again in region?

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Could the Capital Region see Krispy Kreme’s neon “hot now” sign lit once more?

All-cash home sales on the rise

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
When research firm CoreLogic posted data earlier this month on all-cash home sales, it listed New York among a handful of states in which more than half the purchases were made that way.

Shoppers don’t like so many choices

Thursday, May 22, 2014
More than one-third of 2,800 Consumer Reports subscribers polled said they felt overwhelmed by the information they had to process before buying.

Breach hubbub has died quickly

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Whew! Dodged that bullet.

Connecting farmers, consumers troublesome

Thursday, May 8, 2014
The concept was lofty — using the Hudson River to get upstate farm products to New York City — but the devil was in the details.

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