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PBN survey: Businesses wary on economy

Businesses feel good about their immediate prospects but are increasingly wary of what might lie ahead for the overall economy.That’s the biggest takeaway from...
INVOLVED: Jim Boscov is the chairman and CEO of Boscov’s, billed as the nation’s largest family-owned department store, which is moving into the former Nordstrom location at Providence Place mall. He said running a business doesn’t happen from an office, but rather on the sales floor.
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An outlier comes to Providence Place

While other department stores have closed as sales slip away with changing consumer preferences and a migration online, Reading, Pa.-based Boscov’s is an outlier....

Stopping rising inequality

Almost 10 years after the Great Recession ended, the growing threat of a new economic slowdown raises a troubling question: When the next recession...
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Mari Anne Snow is the president and founder of Sophaya. The company provides leadership training for executives and companies that have remote employees.  
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Sophaya training remote workers

Any number of companies can help a small or large business with technology needs. But a business that helps them manage the employees working...

Are N.E. unemployment rates too low?

The end of the Great Recession has been followed by a slow but steady economic expansion that led to a significant drop in unemployment...

Tackling housing affordability

As the political winds appear to be shifting in Democrats’ favor after an eight-year electoral cycle dominated by Republicans, expect a renewed push to...

Americans souring on economy

As Americans become more negative about the state of their society, a number of people have tried to cheer them up by reminding them...

Making stuff back in fashion

One of the most important economic changes in the United States over the past half-century has been the shift away from making goods to...

Leave UI fund alone, fund Real Jobs RI

Good intentions do not transform bad choices into good ones. Exhibit A now on display is the Raimondo administration’s proposal to take money from...
ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND PLC has agreed to pay $500 million to the attorney general of New York to settle charges related to its marketing of toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the Great Recession. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/SIMON DAWSON

RBS will pay N.Y. $500M over bogus mortgage marketing

NEW YORK – Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC agreed to pay $500 million to settle New York’s probe into its marketing of toxic...
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