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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 in 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Volkswagen CEO resigns over emissions fraud

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BERLIN — Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world’s top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure. No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit …

VW rocked by emissions scandal as prosecutors come calling

Monday, September 21, 2015

BERLIN — Volkswagen’s chief executive was under withering pressure Monday as an emissions-testing scandal erased more than 13 billion euros (around $15 billion) from the company’s market value in a single trading session. The stock plunge followed revelations …

As Bookends in Florence celebrates its 25th year, Valley used bookstores remain strong

Monday, September 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the age of e-readers and Amazon.com, used bookstores remain a strong segment of the Pioneer Valley economy. Among them is Bookends, which this week will mark its 25th year as a staple in Florence center. …

EPA says VW intentionally violates clean air standards

Friday, September 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered Volkswagen to fix nearly 500,000 VW and Audi diesel cars that the agency said are intentionally violating clean air laws by using software that evades EPA emissions standards. VW, …

GM will pay $900M over ignition switch scandal

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NEW YORK — General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve criminal charges for concealing a defective ignition switch linked to at least 169 deaths, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The agreement calls for two charges — …

Makers of Bud, Miller consider global merger

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

LONDON — The makers of Budweiser aren’t satisfied with being the kings of beer. They want an empire. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest brewing company and the owner of Budweiser, announced Wednesday it wants to buy SABMiller, the …

Brass Cat in Easthampton gets initial OK to open beer garden

Monday, September 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Brass Cat owner Mike Lavalle says Cultural Chaos revelers love the front-row seat his one-off beer garden gives them during the annual festival — and that’s exactly why he plans to make it an everyday feature …

SideHill Farm in Hawley makes more than 1,500 gallons of yogurt a week that is shipped to Massachusetts markets

Sunday, September 13, 2015

SideHill Farm yogurt is pretty simple, just like its purple-sky, green-pasture, brown-cow logo. And the idea, when Paul Lacinski and Amy Klippenstein came up with it a decade ago on the Ashfield farm where they were living, was …

Dairy cases reflect explosive growth in yogurt flavors and varieties

Sunday, September 13, 2015

It’s no contest. A supermarket clerk stands beside a cart piled high with yogurt of several brands and flavors trying in vain to replace containers pulled from the dairy case by Greek yogurt shoppers. Yogurt — with honey, …