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Barbie must get back to business

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

The holidays were tough on Barbie.
 

Dissolving Johnstown EDC might be best move

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
The Johnstown Economic Development Corp. is one step closer to dissolving, filing a petition for court approval under state nonprofit law to go out of business and turn its assets over to the city of Johnstown.
 

Canada effort way off Target

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. pushed into Canada in 2013, opening store after store in rapid succession. Last week, the cheap-chic discounter admitted the foray was a flop and announced plans to leave the country, shutting all 133 of its Canadian stores.
 

Upstate becoming worth the venture

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
For many years, upstate was a “flyover” zone for venture capital: a region ignored by big East Coast investment firms on their way to promising deals elsewhere. That thinking may be changing.
 

Effort to tax online sales continues

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
With a new Congress seated this week and promises of wrangling on big issues like the Keystone pipeline, Obamacare and immigration, it’s anybody’s guess whether a new version of the Marketplace Fairness Act will catch attention.
 

Restaurant IPOs a hot commodity

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
Here’s a tidbit from the year just concluded: Restaurant IPOs are hot.
 

Internet killed ‘category killers’

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014
Stores like HomePlace, Circuit City, Borders and Builder's Square, once among the feared “category killers” of retail, have all been, well, killed off.
 

New use for an old standard

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
A typewriter! I thought that office workhorse had been sent to the museum years ago by the computer.
 

Vinyl records making comeback

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Long-ago vinyl is back in vogue
 

GE union to focus on housing

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Two nonprofits associated with the union at General Electric Co. in Schenectady will ask a judge next week for permission to merge, creating a new entity with $11.5 million in firepower focused on housing.
 

FYE owner banking on holiday boost

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
Trans World Entertainment Corp., the Albany-based owner of the FYE music-video-games retail chain, has a new chief executive, who was just a month into the job last week when he participated in the company’s quarterly earnings call.
 

Money at heart of net neutrality debate

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
According to Richard Parsons, proponents of net neutrality don’t understand “how the capital markets work.”
 

Group sets sights on Spa City bag ban

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
The group looking to rid Saratoga Springs of single-use plastic bags expects to stage a dry run for some city officials of the presentation it will make to the City Council Dec. 2.
 

Banks want retailers liable for breaches

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

If you’re like John Buhrmaster, you’ve had a debit or credit card replaced at least twice this year because of data breaches at national retailers.
 

A grocery growth spurt online

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
In the next decade, the share of grocery shopping occurring online will be as much as 17 percent, up considerably from today’s 4 percent, according to one industry survey.
 
 

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