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Retailers court web customers with free shipping

By Chris Fleisher
Lisa McKnight will do a quarter of her holiday shopping online this year. Before she buys something, she makes sure she can get it delivered for free. “I won’t get it if it’s not free shipping,” said McKnight, 54, of Franklin Park. ...

Holiday shoppers expected to spend conservatively

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low. All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers find themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores. ...

Black Friday trends, tactics change, but Americans still love bargains

By Craig Smith
Black Friday. A shopper’s Super Bowl. A retailer’s dream. A traffic cop’s nightmare, but nonetheless a part of Americans’ parlance since 1961, when Philadelphia police coined the phrase ...

Buyer’s remorse: Most mergers don’t work out for acquiring company

By The Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK — Wall Street’s big business — helping companies buy other companies — is hotter than it’s been in years. When pharmaceuticals giant Actavis said it was buying Allergan Inc. and Halliburton said it would take over rival oil-field servicer ...

Florida roommates find a career in playing video games on web channel Twitch

By The Associated Press
LAKELAND, Fla. — From 9 to 5, seven days a week, Robert Schill plays video games while sitting on a plush, brown sofa in central ...

Company seeks to reopen coal mine in Nottingham, Washington County

By Jason Cato
A plan to reopen a coal mine, long dreaded by residents of a rural northern Washington County community, is inching closer to reality. Officials with the ...

Stock forecast for 2015: milder gains, more bumps

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Stocks can keep climbing next year, tacking even more gains onto their phenomenal run of the last five-plus years. Just don’t expect them to be as big — or to come with as little heartburn — as ...

Western Pa. business owners urge shoppers to think small

By Chris Togneri
Stepping inside Attic Record Store in Millvale is like stepping into the past. And not just because they specialize in musical nostalgia that comes in the ...

Amusement parks fight off home entertainment threat

By The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. — Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park are facing an existential challenge these days. They need to lure you, the ...

Federal agency checking whether Highmark has enough doctors in Medicare plan

By Alex Nixon
The federal government is reviewing whether Highmark Inc. has enough doctors in its network for Medicare subscribers since the insurer cancelled contracts with 689 UPMC physicians last week. UPMC has said Highmark’s decision would make the doctors out-of-network for the insurer’s ...

S&P 500 logs 47th record high close for year

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The stock market eked out another record high close Wednesday going into the Thanksgiving holiday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy and some corporate earnings. Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, ...

Retailers that won’t open on Thanksgiving hope move pays off

By Chris Fleisher
The mid-November cold snap started the holiday rush at REI a bit early this year. But Romi Conaboy, a sales manager at the South Side sporting ...

Lower gasoline prices fail to spur consumer spending

By David Conti
The sight of Western Pennsylvania stations selling gasoline for less than $3 a gallon five weeks before Christmas should bring joy to the holiday. For some ...

Household debt on the rise after 5-year decline

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Americans are slowly but steadily borrowing more money, bringing to an end a five-year effort to cut household debt that has slowed consumer spending and the economy. Total household debt increased $78 billion in the July-September quarter to ...

Oil prices continue descent, dragging market indexes lower

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels Tuesday. Energy stocks slid as the price of oil resumed its descent. Traders speculated that member nations of the oil-producing group OPEC would fail to ...

Google applies tech to medical device

By The Associated Press
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don’t call them spoogles) are ...

Business Briefs

Declining confidence in OPEC muddies oil’s outlook

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — These are the moments the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the ...

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Parents can make holidays ‘teachable moment’ for kids

To spend is the trend of the season. And to save? — Ah, another time. And yet the shopping season …

John Browne

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Economy offers mixed outlook for gold

Gold investors might be encouraged by a small rally that sent the metal to its highest level in three weeks …

John Dorfman

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Dorfman: Holiday tradition includes picks from land of GARP

GARP investing is not my home turf. But it’s the next town over. GARP stands for “growth at a reasonable …

Chris Posti

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Social media use says what resume can’t to recruiters

Imagine this: you have not applied for a single job, yet someone is ready to hire you, sight unseen. How …

Kim Komando

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Komando: 5 tech gifts to avoid this holiday season

When you’re trying to buy the perfect gift for a friend or family member this Christmas, you’re probably going to …

Real Estate

Historic North Side bed-and-breakfast Boggs Mansion up for sale

By Bob Karlovits
When department store owner Russell Boggs built his North Side mansion in 1888, he probably never thought of it as a business site. But since ...

Business Gallery

Business Gallery, Nov. 16, 2014

By Tribune-Review
BANKING, FINANCE At Farmers National Bank of  Emlenton, both Jerry Millin, vice president and information technology manager, and Andrew Hogue,  assistant vice ...