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According to local gun store owners, the recent shootings by alleged terrorists in San Bernardino, California, are not having much of an effect on area gun sales during the Christmas holiday season. But, when President Obama talks about gun … more
NEW YORK - Companies around the world spent a record $5.04 trillion on acquisitions in 2015, according to Dealogic, as slow worldwide economic growth and low interest rates pushed companies to combine forces. Dealogic, a financial data provider, … more
NEW YORK - Freeze your credit reports before you get burned. That's the message from security experts, consumer advocates and some state attorneys general. They say more people should consider a credit freeze as a way to block identity thieves … more
NEW YORK - Employers are discovering that making it easier for workers to pay off their student loans helps to attract and keep a happy workforce. More and more companies are helping workers refinance their debts at better rates, giving employees … more
NEW YORK - Holiday shoppers flocked online during the critical holiday shopping season, but overall sales in November and December were disappointing. Sales rose 3 percent to about $626.14 billion, according to The National Retail Federation. … more
NEW YORK - Fast food is becoming a dirty term. As smaller players challenge fast-food chains such as McDonald's and Burger King, they're fighting to set themselves apart by describing their food as "fast casual," "fine casual," "fast crafted" and … more
Local interior designer Sherry Compton has opened a local franchise of Decorating Den Interiors in Summerton from which she will serve clients in Berkeley, Clarendon, Dorchester, Orangeburg and Sumter counties, according to information provided in a … more
"It's less about the money than the relationship," said jeweler Johnny Osteen at Jewelry Wholesale Inc., 41 E. Wesmark Blvd. "If you don't have a relationship, you don't have that second generation come in." While many jewelers woo their … more
NEW YORK - The unseasonably warm weather has left some people feeling cold about holiday shopping. Rosemarie Nowicki, who lives in Berkeley Heights, N.J., finally spent some of her holiday budget last weekend buying coats online for her family … more
South Carolina Department of Revenue has announced income tax refunds will be delayed this year as a precaution against tax fraud. "Income tax refund fraud has reached pandemic levels in the United States," said SCDOR Director Rick Reames. "It is … more
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