10 Best and Worst Deals at Home Depot

In 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank were fired from Handy Dan Home Improvement Centers — and that might have been the best thing to ever happen to them. Fourteen months later they opened the first two Home Depots, the start of an international success. Today, Home Depot...
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5 Things to Do on Black Friday Instead of Shopping

Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — has become associated with a huge rush of shopping for many Americans. Stores offer a variety of sales, and people run to get discounted items to check off their holiday gift list or to get something new for themselves. For...
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Week’s Winners and Losers: Pandora Jams, Costco Slammed

There were plenty of winners and losers this week, with a struggling music app getting a boost from a record-breaking album and another cult fave experiencing an E. coli scare. Pandora (P) — Winner Adele’s “25” is a hit, and unlike streaming music rivals Spotify or Apple’s (AAPL)...
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Economic Good Tidings for Which We Are Grateful

As Thanksgiving approaches, we think about all of the people and things in our lives that we are thankful for — but how often do we think about being thankful for our economic good fortune? The 24-hour news cycle can make it seem like we are in a...
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Cyber Monday Sales Still on Top, but Losing Some Luster

NEW YORK — Shoppers traded bricks for clicks Monday, flocking online to snap up “Cyber Monday” deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys. Now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday has lost some of its luster as online sales...
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How Holiday Shopping Mania Led to Giving Tuesday

If you end up with a massive money hangover after the five-day holiday shopping mania that stretches from Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the antidote is Giving Tuesday. The one-day charitable giving promotion — hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media — was launched in 2012 to...
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Weak Housing, Factory Data Hint at Modest 4Q Growth

Factory activity in the Midwest shrunk in November and contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose marginally, the latest suggestions that economic growth will probably remain modest in the fourth quarter. The raft of weak economic reports isn’t likely to stop the Federal Reserve from hiking interest...
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It’s Cash Over Mobile Payments This Holiday Season

Chances are you’ll be spending about $805 this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. But chances are high you won’t be using mobile apps to pay for presents and party favors. According to Bankrate.com, mobile payments just aren’t catching on with U.S. consumers of age groups....
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