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Revised state rules aim to ensure debt is legitimate

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
More than 100,000 credit-card cases are filed annually in state courts, many of which result in what New York’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman of the Court of Appeals, says are unwarranted judgments against ordinary people because the debt is old, undocumented or incorrect.

Region survives state’s ‘restacking’

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
For many years in the Capital Region, if New York sneezed, we caught a cold. That seemed to be the case, too, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided in 2010 to cinch the state’s belt by moving office workers from leased quarters in privately owned buildings to vacant state-owned space.

Retail effort had downtown Albany popping

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
If you missed Pop-Place in downtown Albany this month, you may get another chance to check it out.

Hedge fund seeks control of restaurant company

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
You know you’ve got a problem when a disgruntled investor releases a 294-page report that criticizes every aspect of your restaurant operations, right down to how many breadsticks you put on the table and how tasty they are.

Maybe cereal makers can cater to the dinner crowd

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Kellogg's, one of the country’s leading cereal makers, has watched sales in that category flatline as consumers bypass the cupboard in the morning.

Days numbered for delivery drivers?

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Technological advances decimate or eliminate occupations all the time: think Thruway toll-takers, gas station attendants, switchboard operators, door-to-door salesmen, movie house projectionists. Drones might do the same someday to delivery drivers.

Web eases returning to school

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Retailers appear ready to lend a hand to students headed back to school, tapping into the millennial generation’s penchant for online shopping and sharing.

GE execs might soon be forced to buy own appliances

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
General Electric may sell its Kentucky-based appliances business, which reaches back to more than a century of consumer “white goods” such as refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, washers/dryers, air conditioners and water heaters.

Cable merger closely scrutinized

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
I’ve got a bad case of MEGO — my eyes glaze over — after reading through the state’s online file on the proposed merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable.

Bruegger’s hoping burgers will help keep brand fresh

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
You have to admit, it grabs your attention: Bruegger’s, the bagel bakery, is introducing burgers at its restaurants.

‘Activist’ investing pays off for Icahn

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, sounded pretty pleased Monday afternoon, following that morning’s announcement that Dollar Tree will buy Family Dollar Stores for $8.5 billion in cash and stock.

Vera Bradley adds some stores, but loses others

Thursday, July 24, 2014
You now can buy Vera Bradley’s colorful paisley- and floral-print quilted cotton totes and accessories at Macy’s at Colonie Center and at the company store in Crossgates Mall.

Cupcake craze cooling

Thursday, July 17, 2014
My sweet tooth must have been on the fritz. That’s the only way I can explain how I missed the news that a gourmet cupcake company went public with an offering of stock.

Nonprofit hoping for ‘win-win’ with Etsy

Thursday, July 3, 2014
FuzeHub, an Albany nonprofit that works with small and mid-sized manufacturers across the state, will kick off a pilot project next week to gauge the needs of Etsy sellers and see whether New York manufacturers might help.

Grocery industry growing organic

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Whole Foods is part of a segment of the grocery industry called “fresh format,” a niche popular with consumers for its focus on natural, organic, ethnic and, of course, top-quality fresh products. The category’s numbers may be small — passing just 1,000 stores nationwide last year — but its sales grew a respectable 10.4 percent in 2013 to $14 billion.

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