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Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at Kmart, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. Millions of customers are expected to shop on Thanksgiving Day as many retailers remain open on a day traditionally reserved for spending time with family. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Ill., the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis. In New York City, there were 500 people in line by the time a Target store …

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided yesterday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is losing the power …

Ski industry excited by snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ski areas across northern New England were giddy yesterday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the resort has …

Unemployment rates in all N.H. counties tick downward in October

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

All 10 New Hampshire counties saw a decrease in unemployment in October, according to new data from the state Department of Employment Security. Coos County saw the largest decrease in the local unemployment rate, from 5.1 percent in September to 4.5 percent in October. But that’s still the …

Rymes Propane buys Fred Fuller Oil Company, starts deliveries immediately

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There were times, even yesterday just hours before a judge signed the paperwork, when John Rymes doubted his offer to buy beleaguered Fred Fuller Oil Co. would become reality. “It’s been a roller coaster. Who needs Six Flags?” he said yesterday after the deal was finalized. Rymes, vice …

Can OPEC members unite to raise oil prices?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day. The 12-member group’s purpose is to coordinate how much oil is produced in order to keep prices high …

Thanksgiving Day deals likely to trump Black Friday discounts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales …

PUC to review how electric utilities purchase power, eligibility for assistance programs

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In the coming weeks, residents can expect to see higher costs when they open their electricity bills. The state’s Public Utilities Commission is taking steps to try to ease the impending rate increases by looking at how utilities purchase power and considering changes in eligibility for bill assistance …

Concord’s downtown merchants asking shoppers to ditch ‘Black Friday’ for ‘Plaid Friday’

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Concord’s downtown business owners are asking shoppers to ditch black in flavor of plaid this Friday. For the first time, a partnership between Merchants Roundtable and Intown Concord led to shop owners joining together to promote “Plaid Friday” …

Rymes Propane offer to buy bankrupt Fuller Oil Company approved: $12 million deal means trucks will be on the road tomorrow

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Concord-based Rymes Propane & Oil has bought beleaguered Fred Fuller Oil & Propane Company for between $12 million and $13 million. Trucks bearing both companies’ logos will begin delivering oil to Fuller customers tomorrow morning, but they will …

Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that – given time – they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut …

Poll says N.H. residents want stores to stay closed on Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2014

Most New Hampshire residents plan to spend less or about the same as they did last year on holiday shopping and about half remain hopeful for a better economic recovery in the year ahead, according to a New England College poll about the economy and holiday shopping. “Optimism …

Commission examining New Hampshire’s high workers' compensation costs splits over plan to limit what medical providers can charge

Monday, November 24, 2014

Say two men show up at the same hospital on the same day with identical broken bones in their arms. But one fell out of a tree doing yard work at home, while the other fell off a ladder at work. Under New Hampshire’s current workers’ compensation system, …