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3 Trends for the holidays
Yet again, trend experts say there's no single item that's emerging as a must-have for the holiday season. Sure, in the world of toys, anything "Star Wars" is faring well as well as a slew of robotic pets like robotic toy bears from Mattel's Fisher...
Nov 27, 2015 | 7:27 AM
A look at the hot toys for holiday 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season? [...] anything "Star Wars," life-like robotic pets and remote controlled toys should drive sales. — The Black Series Kylo Ren Force FX...
Nov 27, 2015 | 12:27 AM
Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slides to 3.95 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates slipped this week after they climbed recently on expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate. Foreign buyers poured into 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds...
Nov 27, 2015 | 12:27 AM
Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving
NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now Thanksgiving Day is the new tradition for some shoppers. Macy’s officials said about 15,000 people were at the 6 p.m. opening at its flagship store in Manhattan...
Nov 26, 2015 | 11:26 PM
Some resist after Britain adopts Black Friday with an All-American frenzy
A Black Friday backlash appears to be gathering force at a time some traditionalists are bemoaning the way that Halloween, with its kitsch and goofy costumes and edible eyeball cakes, is slowly supplanting Guy Fawkes Day.
Nov 26, 2015 | 8:26 PM
Farm recalls produce used in Costco salad linked to E. coli
Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, California, has recalled a mix of diced celery and onion used in Costco chicken salad and other foods containing celery "out of an abundance of caution," the FDA said in a statement.
Nov 26, 2015 | 7:26 PM
More optimism among middle class buoys US consumer sentiment
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans were more optimistic about their incomes and personal finances this month, particularly among lower and middle-class households, lifting consumers' outlook. Steady hiring and rising wages and salaries are slowly lifting...
Nov 26, 2015 | 12:26 PM
Smartphones overtake desktops for holiday shopping
For the first time, there's expected to be more people visiting retailers' web sites through their smartphones than on desktop computers or tablets during the first weekend of the holiday shopping season that begins on Thanksgiving Day. The bumps...
Nov 26, 2015 | 10:26 AM
US new-home sales rebound in October after September plummet
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes recovered in October after suffering a steep drop in September, returning to this year's trend of an improving market for real estate developers and builders. [...] prices dipped last month despite other...
Nov 26, 2015 | 9:26 AM
AP Interview: Coke exec on 'adversarial' ties with critics
Sandy Douglas, president of Coke North America, said in an interview with The Associated Press that Coke is hoping to change its "adversarial" relationship with public health advocates. The phone interview took place Nov. 17, after Coca-Cola Co....
Nov 26, 2015 | 9:26 AM