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NEW YORK - The holiday shopping season in the U.S. is in full swing after most retailers flung open their doors yesterday, offering bargains on everything from televisions to coffee brewers. Here’s … more
Personal income last year for the Providence-Warwick metropolitan area grew 1.6 percent, slightly below the United States average of 2 percent. more
Providence Place mall retailers were thrilled with shopper turnout Friday, as those who opened early were met by hundreds of Black Friday enthusiasts. Blue laws prevent Rhode Island, along with Massachusetts and Maine, from opening on Thanksgiving Day, but the old law didn’t stop dedicated shoppers from lining up outside large retail shops Thursday for “Door Buster” deals beginning after midnight. more
The Ocean State is one the top 20 “booziest” states, according to a survey by Thrillest. more
Rhode Island lost 700 construction jobs from September to October, ranking it second-to-last among states for construction employment. more
A new website has been launched to encourage Rhode Islanders to shop at locally owned businesses – buylocalri.org. more
U.S. stocks fluctuated as energy producers tumbled after OPEC’s decision to keep its output target unchanged while retailers climbed as shoppers hunted for holiday deals. more
Holiday shopping in the U.S. kicked off earlier than ever this year, leaving some customers who didn’t want to skip out on their Thanksgiving celebrations without the bargains they were seeking. more
Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, and CVS Health’s CVS/pharmacy unit settled a dispute over a patented technology that lets customers refill prescriptions with mobile-phone scanners. more
Astro-Med reported increases in profit and sales, 40 percent and 27 percent, respectively, for the third quarter that ended Nov. 1. more
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