business and finance

Kmart layaway payoff

OMAHA, Neb. – The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.He asked to pay something on his layaway bill...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Investing in a green revolution

La Plata County’s billion-dollar tribe is looking to the future of energy to keep its wealth secure.“This is not going to pay us back next week or next year,” said Bob Zahradnik, director of the...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Online reports: Do you trust?

NEW YORK – Over the last decade, Americans have witnessed the rise of social networks and mobile technology that’s put the Internet at an arm’s reach, day and night – yet a new study has found that...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

N.J. casino stays fresh with a new tenure limit

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – When the Revel mega-casino opens in May, many of its dealers, beverage servers and other customer-service workers will be young, attractive and sexy.And a policy the casino is...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Better manufacturing, jobs news send stocks higher

NEW YORK – Stronger reports on the job market and manufacturing sent stocks slightly higher Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 45.33 points, or 0.4 percent, to 11,868.81. The Dow lost...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

You don’t have to do all shopping before Christmas

NEW YORK – When Emily Russell’s two young sons wake up on Christmas morning, they’ll find that Santa left them a note instead of the videogames they requested.“Hey, I couldn’t get by your house...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Weatherization manager hired at 4CORE The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency has permanently hired Kirk Coppinger as weatherization program manager, starting Dec. 5.Coppinger is replacing...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Stock gains fade as Fed warns of market strains

NEW YORK – A late afternoon slide pulled stock indexes lower after the Federal Reserve held off on any new steps to boost the economy. The Fed cautioned that strains in global financial markets...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Retail sales helping economy eke out growth slowly, surely

WASHINGTON – Economic growth is picking up in the final three months of the year, fueled by higher consumer spending, rising business stockpiles and modest increases in hiring.The start of the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Farmers had their best year in decades

ST. LOUIS – An Illinois farmer made so much money this year he made loan payments on one tractor a year in advance and exchanged some older ones for newer models. An Iowa farmer upgraded his...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Holidays challenge nonprofits

Besides a season of shopping and food, local economic-development and business professionals say the holiday season’s history of charitable giving holds critical cues for the local economy.That’s...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Politicians bicker and wages stall – happy New Year

Well, hasn’t it been an interesting year? There has been some decent news, but nothing to write home about.For those not keeping track, let me peruse some indicators of economic health.The national...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Our Economy

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