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A United Parcel Service driver unloads packages from a truck and arranges them for delivery. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

UPS sees busier, intense holiday shopping season

  ATLANTA (AP) — UPS expects this holiday season to be busier than last, thanks to the growing popularity of online shopping. And more intense, thanks to the calendar. The world’s biggest package delivery company […]

10/25/2013

Plus-size model Jennie Runk, who is a size 12 or 14, in a swimsuit ad from 2012.  (AP Photo/H&M)

The funny math of clothing sizes

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to women’s clothing sizes, there’s some funny math going on. The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960. Yet women’s plus-size clothing, generally defined […]

10/21/2013

In this Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, Shopper Roxanna Garcia, middle, waits in line to pay for  her over a $1000.00 gifts at the Target store in Burbank, Calif.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Season of uncertainty for stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Washington be the Grinch who stole Christmas? After weeks of bickering between Congress and the White House, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a plan that ended a […]

10/18/2013

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Holiday shopping is expected to be up … unless

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans, who’re increasingly optimistic about improving economic conditions, are expected to spend at a more rapid clip during the upcoming holiday shopping season than they did last year. But that could […]

10/03/2013

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Some families to be priced out of health overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what’s being called a glitch in President Barack Obama’s overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president’s plan had hoped.

01/31/2013

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US holiday sales slowly pick up after Sandy

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers shook off Superstorm Sandy last month and stepped up holiday shopping, helped by a steady job market and lower gas prices. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in November from October.

12/13/2012

Holiday shoppers head online in droves to pick up Cyber Monday deals

Holiday shoppers head online in droves to pick up Cyber Monday deals

NEW YORK (AP) – Cyber Monday appears on track to becoming the biggest online shopping day ever, and web traffic isn’t expected to peak for another several hours. IBM Benchmark says, as of noon Eastern […]

11/26/2012

FedEx sees online shoppers powering holiday record

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx expects to ship 280 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up 13 percent from a year ago, thanks to consumers’ growing fondness for shopping online. FedEx moves a bulk of […]

10/22/2012

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