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Amazon may be the next big test to see if consumers will open pocket books even wider
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 4 May 2018 07:15:00 PDT

Hardwired into the DNA of companies of all kinds is a fear of losing customers with even the slightest uptick in prices.

Netflix watchers and McDonald's eaters appeared undeterred by the rise in subscription and menu costs over the past seven months, with both companies reporting strong sales growth...

Should youth sports hand out participation trophies? At least one Maryland program has decided not t
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 4 May 2018 07:55:00 PDT
Youth sports programs must choose sides in national 'participation trophy' cultural debate. Reisterstown Baseball just ended the trophies after 15 years after administrator said the awards could lead to kids feeling entitled.
Sinclair removes its TV stations from Playstation Vue
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 4 May 2018 10:50:00 PDT

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has removed all the ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliated TV stations it owns from Sony’s TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, citing a contractual dispute with Sony.

The Hunt Valley-based broadcaster said it pulled the stations after Sony failed to comply with contractual...

Mud and Metal in Hampden will close this month
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 4 May 2018 12:00:00 PDT

Mud and Metal, a functional art boutique and a fixture in Hampden for more than two decades, will close its doors May 12.

Owner Carol Breining said she has decided to move on from running her own retail shop and has put the store building, at 1121 W. 36th St.. up for sale.

Breining opened the store...

Employers add 164,000 jobs in April, as unemployment rate falls to lowest since 2000
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 4 May 2018 12:17:00 PDT

U.S. employers stepped up hiring modestly in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, evidence of the economy's resilience amid the recent stock market chaos and anxieties about a possible trade war.

Job growth amounted to a decent 164,000 last month, up from an upwardly revised 135,000...

Tronc recognizes Chicago Tribune newsroom union
BaltimoreSun.com / Sun, 6 May 2018 19:15:00 PDT

Tronc announced Sunday that it has agreed to recognize the Chicago Tribune Guild, the first newsroom union in the newspaper’s 171-year history.

The company said there will be three bargaining units, one for Chicago Tribune and RedEye employees, one for its suburban and Hoy publications and one...

Baltimore restaurant closures continue as suburbanites dine elsewhere
BaltimoreSun.com / Mon, 7 May 2018 02:00:00 PDT
Baltimore has seen another spate of restaurant closures as consumer habits change and suburbanites find less incentive to dine in the city.
Aldi is hiring for stores in Timonium, Pasadena and Elkton
BaltimoreSun.com / Mon, 7 May 2018 09:30:00 PDT

Discount grocer Aldi is holding three job fairs over the next week to hire about 35 workers for its Baltimore-area stores.

The fast-growing retailer is seeking store associates, manager trainees and shift managers for stores in Elkton and Pasadena as well as a new store in Timonium.

Hiring events...

How many calories are in that pizza? Chain restaurants now have to tell you.
BaltimoreSun.com / Mon, 7 May 2018 10:01:00 PDT

Consumers can no longer plead ignorance when ordering that deep-dish pizza or triple-patty burger.

That's because, beginning Monday, federal rules will require restaurant, grocery and convenience store chains to post calorie counts for all standard items on their menus.

Consumers should expect...

CareFirst and Kaiser ask again for large rate increases on insurance sold on state exchange
BaltimoreSun.com / Mon, 7 May 2018 11:45:00 PDT

The cost of health insurance premiums would soar even more next year under rate increases requested by insurers for plans sold on the state’s health insurance exchange.

The state’s two insurers offering individual plans under the insurance program known as Obamacare requested average rate increases...

Topgolf high-tech driving range coming to South Baltimore
BaltimoreSun.com / Mon, 7 May 2018 14:35:00 PDT

Topgolf will take over a site adjacent to the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore next year, adding another entertainment destination to South Baltimore.

The high-tech driving range is expected to open in 2019. The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, located at 301 Stockholm St., is expected to relocate...

Why Nestle is spending $7 billion on Starbucks: ‘Nescafe is boring’
BaltimoreSun.com / Tue, 8 May 2018 05:23:00 PDT

Nestle, the owner of Nescafe and Nespresso, is paying more than $7 billion for rights to sell Starbucks coffee and tea in grocery stores worldwide, as the Swiss giant looks to jolt its coffee business.

Although Nestle dominates the world's coffee industry, analysts say it has failed to resonate...

Maryland chicken production topped $1 billion for the first time last year
BaltimoreSun.com / Tue, 8 May 2018 08:15:00 PDT

Eastern Shore farms produced $1 billion worth of chicken in 2017, surpassing that milestone for the first time, an industry group said.

Maryland poultry production grew 12 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics.

The growth in value came even as the amount...

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