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Cyber Monday deals lure in consumers amid high inflation

Nov. 28, 2022 17:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Days after flocking to stores on Black Friday, consumers are turning online for Cyber Monday to score more discounts on gifts and other items that have ballooned in price because of high inflation. Cyber Monday is expected to remain the year’s biggest online...

Conn. legislators head into session on gas tax, other issues

Nov. 27, 2022 10:50 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are set to discuss gasoline taxes, heating-bill help, pandemic pay for essential workers and other issues when they convene Monday for a special legislative session. Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday he was calling the General Assembly...

Biden, family hit Nantucket stores for some holiday shopping

Nov. 26, 2022 16:08 PM EST

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden went holiday shopping on the Massachusetts resort island where he spends Thanksgiving, patronizing smaller independently owned stores on what the retail industry has called “Small Business Saturday.” Biden, his wife, Jill, and...

Whole Foods decision to pull lobster divides enviros, pols

Nov. 26, 2022 16:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups are once again at odds with politicians and fishermen in New England in the wake of a decision by high-end retail giant Whole Foods to stop selling Maine lobster. Whole Foods recently said that it will stop selling lobster from the Gulf...

Independent bookstore in downtown Roanoke marks 5 years

Nov. 26, 2022 09:03 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The owner of Roanoke’s only independent bookstore says spreading ideas and information through the sale of new and used books and events has proved a winning combination so far. Book No Further, which recently turned five years old, appears to work because of...

Inflation hovers over shoppers seeking deals on Black Friday

Nov. 25, 2022 18:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Cautious shoppers hunted for the best deals at stores and online as retailers offered new Black Friday discounts to entice consumers eager to start buying holiday gifts but weighed down by inflation. Due to elevated prices for food, rent, gasoline and other...

Holiday shopping kicks off with inflation dampening spirits

Nov. 24, 2022 10:21 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — While Black Friday will mark a return to familiar holiday shopping patterns, uncertainty still remains. The U.S. job market remains strong, consumer spending is resilient and inflation has been slowing. But elevated prices for food, rent, gasoline and other...

Extended gas tax holiday, pandemic pay on lawmakers' agenda

Nov. 23, 2022 16:21 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state legislators will return to the Capitol on Monday to consider extending the soon-to-expire gas tax holiday and increase funding for state pandemic payments to essential workers, as well as vote on several other initiatives aimed at helping residents cope...

Apple-Books-Top-10

Nov. 23, 2022 11:27 AM EST

US Bestseller List - Paid Books 1. A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 9781957568157 - (Blue Box Press) 2. It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover - 9781668001233 - (Atria Books) 3. Desert Star by Michael Connelly - 9780316421461 - (Little,...

Shoppers hunt for deals but inflation makes bargains elusive

Nov. 23, 2022 10:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers holding out for big deals — and some much-needed relief from soaring costs on just about everything — may be disappointed as they head into the busiest shopping season of the year. While retailers are advertising sales of 30%, 50% and 70% off...