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WARMER WEATHER has boosted shopping for spring clothes, the ICSC said today in its report for the week ended March 24. Above, Bridge Balthaser, 20, shops earlier this month at a Super Target store in Littleton, Colo.  /

Retail sales surge last week, ICSC reports

Sales at U.S. retailers last week rose 0.2 percent over the previous week and 4.6 percent above the same week in 2006, according to...

F.R. Boys & Girls Club seeks matching funds<br> for $250,000 challenge...

FALL RIVER – The Thomas Chew Memorial Boys & Girls Club today announced a $250,000 challenge grant that, if the club can raise $150,000,...

U.S. home-prices index falls in January; <br> builder Lennar Corp.’s earnings...

U.S. home prices fell in January, dipping 0.2 percent below year-ago levels, according to today’s Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index. It was the...
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Consumer Confidence Index retreats from Feb. high

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index retreated this month to 107.2 points (1985=100) after advancing in February to 111.2 points, the highest since August...

Firm hired to demolish Rocky Pt. buildings

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island district office and the City of Warwick Monday joined in announcing the hiring of a firm...
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39% of online households plan to e-file

More consumers are filing their taxes online and fewer are worried about Internet security, according to report today by The Conference Board and TNS. In...
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AAA: R.I. gasoline rises 3¢, to $2.609/gallon

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s self-service price for regular gasoline has risen 3 cents in the past week, in its sixth straight week of increases,...

New-home sales fall 3.9%; prices rise 4.6%

WASHINGTON – Sales of new single-family homes last month fell 3.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 848,000 homes, from January’s rate...

Even small companies seeking to protect data

UNICOM, a Woonsocket-based computer technology consulting company, was recently approached by a client concerned about the costs it would incur if its e-mail communications...

Supply-chain disruption is only one of many worries

As American manufacturers increasingly reach across the country and around the world for component parts, they risk becoming victims of disasters many time zones...
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