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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 posted a 3.4 percent increase in holiday …

E. coli in Costco chicken salad sickens 19

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

By JoNel Aleccia The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — At least 19 people in seven states have been sickened by E. coli poisoning linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco stores, health officials reported Tuesday. Most cases have been reported in Western states, including six in Montana, five in Utah, four in Colorado and one each in California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington. …

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Monday, November 23, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for the holiday shopping season, according to Dennis Golas, operations manager for the mall. “We’re working …

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 …

Florence Pie Bar Open

Saturday, September 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON - Florence Pie Bar opened on Friday, selling out 160 slices of pie and 90 other baked goods by 1 p.m., according to the business Facebook page. “Pie always makes people happy,” said owner Maura Glennon, 49, …

Dealers, owners vent over VW fraud

Thursday, September 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Bob Rand bought his Volkswagen Passat last year for its clean emissions and high gas mileage. He liked the car so much he convinced his son and a friend to buy one, too. Now, as …