Stores are turning back the clock, conjuring images of hearth and home as they stock their holiday merchandise. Retailers
hope embracing holiday traditions from cozier times will tempt recession-weary consumers to open their wallets in a season
expected to show flat sales at best.
The home-grown retailer lately has sought to
supply cameras for government and law-enforcement entities as its once-reliable newspaper clientele scales back.
Indianapolis-based Hat World Inc. said Monday that its Impact Sports division has acquired Great Plains Sports in St. Paul,
Shares in locally based athletic retailer The Finish Line Inc. jumped Friday morning after the company reported a narrow loss
for the second fiscal quarter, mostly because of the large cost of unloading its unsuccessful Man Alive stores in July.
Supporters and foes of repealing Indiana’s ban on Sunday take-out alcohol sales made their cases before a group of lawmakers yesterday in a preview of what could be a divisive debate in the next legislative session.
Supporters and foes of repealing Indiana’s ban on Sunday take-out alcohol sales plan to make their case before a group of
Retail sales jumped in August, spurred by widespread gains beyond the increases of auto and gasoline sales that economists
Furniture is one of the easiest big-ticket purchases for consumers to defer when money is tight. Couple
that with a housing bust that left demand for new couches on the curb, and tight credit markets that
continue to prevent retailers from financing customers without perfect credit, and you’ve got the
worst market for furniture since the Great Depression.
Retailers today posted sales declines for August as shoppers held back on back-to-school purchases and continued to focus
on necessities, but overall results came in ahead of analyst predictions.
The recession has put the squeeze on many retailers, but fine jewelry is an exception, at least at Barrington
Jewels. Owners Goel and Mitra Ahdoot are seeing their business flourish.
Best Chocolate in Town is expanding beyond its original store on Massachusetts Ave.