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BUY LOCAL: Annie Philbrick, standing, owner of Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, visits with customers in 2017. The shop is one of many Rhode Island businesses hoping shoppers buy local this holiday season. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

When local retailers do well, so does rest of the state

The National Retail Federation is projecting another strong holiday shopping season, with retail sales up between 3.8% and 4.2% over 2018. Many local communities...
A 10% TARIFF on some Chinese products on many holiday-shopping lists will be delayed by Trump administration until mid-December. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/QILAI SHEN

U.S. delays China tariffs on some holiday-shopping favorites

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration will delay until mid-December the 10% tariff on some Chinese products on many holiday-shopping lists. By granting a grace period...
THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION expects U.S. retail sales growth to slow in 2019. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

U.S. retail sales seen slowing this year as economy cools off

NEW YORK - Retail sales growth in the United States is expected to slow down in 2019 amid cooling economic conditions, according to the National...
THE AVERAGE U.S. shopper spent $313 over the five-day holiday weekend. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

American shoppers shelled out $313 each over five-day weekend

NEW YORK - A million more United States shoppers than expected turned out for the five-day holiday weekend, and many spent hundreds of dollars...
RHODE ISLAND'S favorite Halloween candy was candy corn, according to a new report from CandyStore.com. / COURTESY CANDYSTORE.COM

Report: R.I. goes for candy corn in lead up to Halloween

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s favorite Halloween candy for 2018 is candy corn, according to a report from CandyStore.com released Thursday. The report is based on...

Surviving the retail apocalypse

Retail dies when based solely on the concept of visiting a store for a commodity item. To thrive in today’s market and emerge from...

Holiday sales forecasts still stink

It’s that time of year when we all gather to give thanks for our blessings, overindulge in various foodstuffs and, of course, go shopping. Shopmas...
THE NRF SAID a majority of shoppers bought clothing during the Thanksgiving weekend. The NRF also reported that older millennials were the biggest spenders as holiday season shopping kicked off. / BLOOMBERG

Older millennials emerge as biggest spenders during weekend

NEW YORK - The kickoff to the holiday shopping season brought mixed results to retailers, with traffic falling at many stores. But don’t blame older...
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