business and finance

Consider this before ditching shovel

Soft white snowflakes piling up on a frigid winter night can mean only one thing the next morning: shoveling.If your aching back is saying, “no more!,” here are a few things to consider about the...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

In tough economy, Santas are also suffering

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Craig McTavish – aka Santa – has the beard. He has the belly. He even has a few tricks up his sleeve, like pulling up to parties on his Harley-Davidson in full Kris Kringle...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

U.S. gas demand should fall for good after ’06 peak

NEW YORK – The world’s biggest gas-guzzling nation has limits after all.After seven decades of mostly uninterrupted growth, U.S. gasoline demand is at the start of a long-term decline. By 2030,...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Try this one new, easy money habit for next year

This month, you have the opportunity to create a new habit that will both save you money and improve your health. You’re going to tackle the largest discretionary spending category in your budget:...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Business Briefs

Business forum to be held Jan. 6 The Southwest Business Forum 2011 will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The forum is free and open to the...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Banking deals boost indexes

NEW YORK – Financial companies led stock indexes to new two-year highs Tuesday after another big banking deal raised hopes that more acquisitions could be on the way.Toronto-Dominion Bank said it...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Merchant debit fees may soon see cap

NEW YORK – The Federal Reserve has proposed a 12-cent cap on the fees banks would be allowed to charge merchants for debit card transactions, a limit some estimated could cut up to 90 percent of...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Window display contest winners These businesses are the winners of the 2010 Holidazzle Holiday Window Display Competition: Affordable Framing, Animas Trading Co., April’s Garden, Beads and Beyond,...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Drop in jobless claims helps send stocks higher

NEW YORK – A small drop in unemployment claims and a higher profit forecast by FedEx Corp. helped push stocks to two-year highs Thursday.The Labor Department said first-time claims for unemployment...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Google faces big challenges in Europe

PARIS – France’s competition regulator has found “possible” abuses by Google Inc. in its online advertising practices because of its dominant market position, in a study released Tuesday that could...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Chamber announces finalists for awards The Durango Chamber of Commerce has announced finalists who will be honored at its Jan. 20, 2011, annual awards ceremony at the Community Concert Hall at Fort...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

All that glitters is not gold

Pawn shops and jewelers said the effects of rising gold prices have made their imprint in Durango, with more customers looking to sell old gold jewelry and fewer buying the new stuff.Gold prices...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business