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The secret life of gift cards: Here’s what happens to the...

Gift cards make great stocking stuffers – just as long as you don't stuff them in a drawer and forget about them after the...

Cyber Monday marks the year’s biggest online shopping day

Consumers are scouring the internet for online deals as they begin to cap off the five-day post-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza with Cyber Monday.  Even though e-commerce...

Retailers try to curb theft while not angering shoppers 

NEW YORK (AP) – When the pandemic threat eased, Maureen Holohan was eager to scale back her online shopping and return to physical stores...

December retail sales fall 1.1% as inflation takes a toll

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans cut back on spending in December, the second consecutive month they've done so, underscoring how inflation and the rising...
FEELING THE SPIRIT: Providence Place mall reported an increase in visitors to the mall in the first weekend of the holiday shopping season, placing the rise at about 3% above a year earlier. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. shopping centers feeling merry about December despite economic challenges

Crowded stores and stronger-than-expected sales have analysts predicting that the rest of the holiday shopping season will be a banner one despite higher prices,...

Business groups urge Congress to block potential rail strike

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Business groups are increasing the pressure on lawmakers to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month's deadline in...

Inflation hovers over holiday season shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers returned to familiar holiday shopping patterns but were weighed down by inflation this Black Friday after two seasons marked...

Retail trade group: Holiday sales to slow from last year’s blistering...

NEW YORK (AP) – The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects holiday sales growth will slow to a range of...
BEING COMPASSIONATE: Bob Selle, chief human resources officer for Ocean State Job Lot, prioritizes the importance of treating workers as whole persons with families and communities. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Selle aligns Job Lot’s purpose with employees’ needs

2022 C-Suite Awards: Enterprise company | Bob Selle, Ocean State Job Lot chief human resources officer The job rewards for part-time workers are typically not...

Retail sales up 0.3% in February amid higher prices

NEW YORK – After beginning the year in a buying mood, Americans slowed their spending in February as prices for food, gasoline, toothpaste and...
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