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VOTE: Should stores be allowed to stay open on Thanksgiving?

In an attempt to avoid a "Black Thursday," one NJ legislator is tossing around the idea of a ban on businesses being open before 9 p.m.

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Cashier rings up a sale. Economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Cashier rings up a sale. Economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
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Economists downgrade forecasts for US growth

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.

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Wal-Mart to Expand Online Savings Tool Nationwide

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching.

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Shoppers walk into Sears in Peabody, Mass. Sears reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Shoppers walk into Sears in Peabody, Mass. Sears reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
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Sears’ Q1 Loss Widens as Sales Remain Soft

Sears' first-quarter loss widened as the beleaguered retailer sales declined amid its ongoing struggle to attract shoppers.

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Anneka Johnson, of Estonia, walks with her son while shopping in Aventura, Fla. The Commerce Department released retail sales data for April on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Anneka Johnson, of Estonia, walks with her son while shopping in Aventura, Fla. The Commerce Department released retail sales data for April on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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Retail Sales Rose a Scant 0.1 Percent in April

U.S. retail sales growth slowed in April, with consumers shopping less online and cutting back on purchases of furniture and electronics.

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Christmas Shoppers Seek Last Minute High Street Bargains
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US Retail Sales Up Strong 1.1 Percent in March

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.

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US Retail Sales Rebounded in February

U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.

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Can the Economy Survive Winter? [AUDIO]

The snowy and very cold winter has put somewhat of a freeze on economic activity, but the effects shouldn't hurt most businesses in the long run. Once New Jersey and the rest of the nation begin to thaw, it's expected many affected businesses will see some of their losses recovered.

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Retail Sales Crippled by Severe Winter [AUDIO]

Cold weather and higher-than-usual amounts of snowfall across much of the country have hampered post-holiday shopping and spending in the beginning of the year.

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Retail Sales Down in January

Cold weather across much of the nation contributed to a drop in retail sales in January. Americans spent less on autos and clothes and at restaurants -- a decline that suggests that momentum from consumer spending at the end of 2013 has tailed off.

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