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New use for an old standard

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
A typewriter! I thought that office workhorse had been sent to the museum years ago by the computer.

Vinyl records making comeback

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Long-ago vinyl is back in vogue

GE union to focus on housing

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Two nonprofits associated with the union at General Electric Co. in Schenectady will ask a judge next week for permission to merge, creating a new entity with $11.5 million in firepower focused on housing.

FYE owner banking on holiday boost

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
Trans World Entertainment Corp., the Albany-based owner of the FYE music-video-games retail chain, has a new chief executive, who was just a month into the job last week when he participated in the company’s quarterly earnings call.

Money at heart of net neutrality debate

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
According to Richard Parsons, proponents of net neutrality don’t understand “how the capital markets work.”

Group sets sights on Spa City bag ban

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
The group looking to rid Saratoga Springs of single-use plastic bags expects to stage a dry run for some city officials of the presentation it will make to the City Council Dec. 2.

Banks want retailers liable for breaches

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

If you’re like John Buhrmaster, you’ve had a debit or credit card replaced at least twice this year because of data breaches at national retailers.

A grocery growth spurt online

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
In the next decade, the share of grocery shopping occurring online will be as much as 17 percent, up considerably from today’s 4 percent, according to one industry survey.

Boscov’s tells story of century in ad series

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
I’ve been reading the history of Boscov’s in serial form, thanks to the vignettes the department store is publishing in its advertising circulars.

Darden sweep a lesson for boards

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
At last Friday’s annual meeting, Darden Restaurants shareholders voted out all 12 members of the company’s board and elected a dozen new directors nominated by Starboard Value L.P., an activist hedge fund.

Revised state rules aim to ensure debt is legitimate

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
More than 100,000 credit-card cases are filed annually in state courts, many of which result in what New York’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman of the Court of Appeals, says are unwarranted judgments against ordinary people because the debt is old, undocumented or incorrect.

Region survives state’s ‘restacking’

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
For many years in the Capital Region, if New York sneezed, we caught a cold. That seemed to be the case, too, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided in 2010 to cinch the state’s belt by moving office workers from leased quarters in privately owned buildings to vacant state-owned space.

Retail effort had downtown Albany popping

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
If you missed Pop-Place in downtown Albany this month, you may get another chance to check it out.

Hedge fund seeks control of restaurant company

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
You know you’ve got a problem when a disgruntled investor releases a 294-page report that criticizes every aspect of your restaurant operations, right down to how many breadsticks you put on the table and how tasty they are.

Maybe cereal makers can cater to the dinner crowd

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Kellogg's, one of the country’s leading cereal makers, has watched sales in that category flatline as consumers bypass the cupboard in the morning.

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