Power suits back, minus shoulder pads

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
As reported earlier this month by the Wall Street Journal, the power suit was featured on the fall 2013 fashion runway and now is making its way into stores.

Kohl’s targets cosmetics

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
The so-called “prestige beauty” industry — skin care, makeup and fragrance products carried primarily in U.S. department stores — is a business juggernaut, with first-half sales of $5 billion this year, according to The NDP Group, a Long Island-based consumer market research firm.

Ackman out, drama remains at J.C. Penney

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
Too bad activist investor Bill Ackman threw in the towel: His letters last week critical of the leadership at J.C. Penney Co. offered a reality-TV-like look into the inner workings of the struggling retailer.

Retailers’ newest target: Millennials

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
If I had a college-bound teen who wanted to make a dorm or apartment more home-like, I could turn to nontraditional channels such as grocers Price Chopper and ShopRite — or even drugstore chain Rite Aid — for the products.

Wal-Mart, D.C. in battle of wills over wages

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
In case you missed it this summer, an interesting game of economic chicken is playing out in Washington.

Too often in the dark on data breaches

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Lawmakers are at it again this session, with the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2013 proposed last month in the Senate. In the House, a subcommittee took testimony last week from a handful of invited guests representing business and academia on how it might craft its own legislation.

Courses offer lessons in giving

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Warren Buffett led The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the country’s 50 biggest donors, with an estimated $3 billion directed to charity.

Time to tap ‘creative’ economy?

Thursday, July 11, 2013
The “creative economy” is more than just “the arts.” Yes, it’s all those painters, playwrights and musicians, but also incorporates architects and interior designers, computer gamers and caterers, ornamental manufacturers and landscapers.

Dollar stores face fight in New England

Thursday, July 4, 2013
North Carolina-based Family Dollar Stores Inc. and competitor Dollar General Corp. of Tennessee have been on a tear of late.

A growing market: online grocery sales

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Online grocery sales rose nearly 17 percent last year and likely will continue at a double-digit pace annually through 2017, according to the latest assessment of food retailing by consulting firm Willard Bishop.

Shaking off those ‘Yuk!’ encounters

Thursday, June 20, 2013
I’ve been hit by hugs and cheek plants a few times in my career, and they irritate me as much as a bad handshake does — you know, the kind reserved for fragile women who might be injured by a firm clasp.

Cabela’s coming to New York, but not here

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Its name evokes the same kind of yearning as Nordstrom or Crate & Barrel or other top-line retailers whose presence says a region has arrived. But Cabela’s picked suburban Buffalo, not the Capital Region, for its first New York store.

Electronic death registry eludes NY

Thursday, June 6, 2013
New York is one of only a handful of states without the means to record deaths electronically.

Groups push for more female board members

Thursday, May 30, 2013
When Lowe’s Cos. Inc. holds its annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday, missing from the agenda will be a proposal asking the home-improvement retailer to add more women to its board of directors.

Cheering on my college graduate

Thursday, May 23, 2013
It occurred to me, as I melted under summer-like heat and humidity at her college commencement on Monday, that my daughter and I share graduating into challenging job markets.

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