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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, file photo, a consumer looks at Cyber Monday sales on her computer at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

‘Cyber Monday’ sales likely to break record

Monday, November 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Shoppers traded bricks for clicks on Monday, flocking online to snap up “Cyber Monday” deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys. Now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday has lost some of its luster as online sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday pick up. But enough shoppers have …

Small Business Saturday draws shoppers to local, independent retailers

Saturday, November 28, 2015

’Twas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when all through the streets, throngs flocked to small stores, seeking unique holiday treats. Dampened somewhat by drizzly skies, shoppers explored Northampton, Amherst and Easthampton on the day after Black Friday, many purposefully avoiding the mall on a day meant to promote independent retailers. Introduced by American Express …

Retailers Association of Massachusettts predicts strong holiday sales

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — An organization representing Bay State merchants is optimistic about the holiday season. The Retailers Association of Massachusetts is forecasting a 6.5 percent increase in store sales during the months of November and December. The holiday sales period unofficially begins in earnest on “Black Friday.” The prediction was based on a survey of 3,500 members of the trade group. Massachusetts retailers …

VW hires anti-corruption exec as it deals with scandal

Friday, October 16, 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen is hiring a top anti-corruption manager from competitor Daimler as it struggles to clean up a scandal over cheating on U.S. diesel emissions tests. The company said Friday it would hire lawyer Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt …

German order triggers recall of 8.5M VW cars in Europe

Thursday, October 15, 2015

BERLIN — German authorities on Thursday ordered a recall of all Volkswagen cars fitted with emissions test-cheating software, a decision that will affect 8.5 million VW diesel vehicles across the 28-nation European Union. The Federal Motor Transport Authority …

Haymarket Cafe in Northampton to eliminate tipping, raise wages

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While throwing change in a barista’s gratuity jar or calculating 20 percent of a lunch check has long been an expected part of dining out, starting on Nov. 22, that will no longer be a part …

Tesla adds autopilot system for new cars

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is leapfrogging competitors with a new autopilot system that lets cars change lanes by themselves. Like other semi-autonomous systems already available from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo, Tesla’s system automatically keeps the …

VW says 2016 diesels have problem software

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators say they have a lot more questions for Volkswagen, triggered by the company’s recent disclosure of additional suspect software in 2016 diesel models that potentially would help exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. …

Big beer rivals to join forces, form behemoth

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BRUSSELS — The world’s biggest beer maker clinched a deal Tuesday to take over its nearest rival in a bid to stave off the megabrewers’ most serious problems: the surge in popularity of craft brews and weakening sales …

AB InBev raises SABMiller offer

Monday, October 12, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev raised its takeover bid for SABMiller to 70.4 billion pounds ($108.2 billion) Monday in its latest effort to win backing for its plan to create “the first truly global beer company.” AB InBev has been trying for nearly a month to …

In the age of Etsy, Paradise City Arts Festival still a draw for art lovers, artists

Sunday, October 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While websites like Etsy give art lovers instant access to the works of countless artists, the Paradise City Arts Festival continues to draw hundreds of artists and thousands of patrons to the Three County Fairgrounds twice …

Tesla expands its lineup, launches an electric SUV

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

After nearly two years of delay, Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk was to hand the first of the electric car company’s new Model X crossovers to customers Tuesday night at a ceremony near the company’s Fremont, Calif., factory. These initial sales — expected to be just a …

The Bower Studio Gift Shop and Apothecary in Pelham combines naturalist art and herbal remedies

Sunday, September 27, 2015

PELHAM — Believing that many people who live in western Massachusetts appreciate both naturalist art and herbal remedies, two Pelham residents are combining their own passions in a new bricks-and-mortar enterprise. Vincent Frano and Isa Wang, who are …