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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 file photo, Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at a Kmart store in New York on Thanksgiving Day. Retail sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 according to data provided from First Data Corp., which tracks purchases at 800,000 stores including online. The modest growth comes despite the heavy discounting customary throughout the season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Holiday shopping season comes down to the wire

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Despite an early start, sales data provided to the Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday compared with the same period a year ago, according to payment technology company First Data Corp. The numbers are modest considering that the …

Ten weeks in, striking FairPoint workers, supporters rally on State House lawn

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roughly 200 people marched and chanted outside the State House this afternoon, including striking employees of FairPoint Communications, and one man dressed as Santa Claus. “All I want for Christmas is a fair contract,” read many of their signs. Nearly 2,000 FairPoint workers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have been on strike …

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring more than 700 workers to deal with an increase in work as the Navy aims to reduce maintenance delays, particularly on nuclear submarines, officials said. The hiring of 715 workers will boost the shipyard workforce from 4,700 to 5,200 civilian employees, once attrition is factored in, Capt. William …

Body-camera companies celebrate Obama’s plan to outfit more police officers with tech

Sunday, December 7, 2014

President Obama’s call this past week to spend $75 million to outfit America’s police departments with body cameras was celebrated as a move toward officer accountability after the killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. Suddenly the fledgling body-camera industry stands to make a fortune off police …

Millennials aren’t job hopping as much as previous generations. Why that’s bad.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Amanda Healy has worked for three companies in the last three years. She’s had her current job as a marketing manager for TIBCO Software for about eight months – and she hopes to stay there for the long run. But her stint at her previous employer lasted only …

Messaging, and timing, key to public relations for labor actions like FairPoint, Market Basket

Sunday, December 7, 2014

At the bottom of it, both the FairPoint worker strike and the Market Basket boycott are labor actions: employees pressuring corporate bosses to prevent cuts to wages and benefits. Why, then, did the Market Basket meltdown this summer …

For Sale in Contoocook: An elegant Victorian with must-have amenities

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The home located at 186 Cedar St. in Contoocook Village, Hopkinton, is an elegant Queen Anne Victorian that has been updated to include all the must-have modern amenities. Perfect for buyers searching for charm, character and plenty of …

Job gains put US on pace for best growth since ‘99

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999. The gain of a robust 321,000 jobs – the most in nearly three years – …

Canterbury distiller hopes to jump into surging market

Friday, December 5, 2014

Greg Meeh wished he had a fruit brandy sample to offer his guest. He’s inside his Canterbury barn amid giant stainless steel pieces of distilling equipment, still wrapped in shipping plastic from their recent trip from Austria. By …

Concord Ski and Skate Sale on tap

Friday, December 5, 2014

To say Concord’s annual ski and skate sale is a labor of love for Bill Mitchell is an understatement. For 31 years, he has led the charge to offer rack after rack of downhill skis, nordic skis, boots, …

Business notes for Nov. 23, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The partnership between New Hampshire state parks, the Student Conservation Association and Public Service of New Hampshire recently was recognized by Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council, who issued a proclamation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program that established the SCA NH Corps …

As workers strike, frustrations with FairPoint mount in Epsom amid weeklong outage

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A week after a tree split over a four-way intersection in southern Epsom, taking down a heap of critical utility wires with it, potentially more than 100 FairPoint Communications customers are frustrated to be still without their phone …

Takata: Evidence doesn’t support national air bag recall

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn’t supported by evidence, and the government doesn’t have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall. The …