The 14 best deals of Black Friday
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:57:10 +0000
How about an iPad Mini and a $30 gift card for $199? A Samsung washer-dryer pair knocked down from $1,800 to $1,000 to $79.9?
And then there’s the 50-inch Panasonic HDTV for $199.
Black Friday is about the sales and U.S. News & World Report has compiled the 14 best deals of the day.
Almost all were electronics and home entertainment like the iPad at Walmart or the TV at Best Buy. But there were also women’s boots at JC Penney and Sears, the washer-dryer at Sears.
News of economic growth gives markets an early boost
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:52:55 +0000
U.S. stocks are opening higher after news that the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter.
The rate of growth reported by the government early Tuesday was even faster than first estimated. The expansion gave the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,072 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 26 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,845. The Nasdaq composite rose 12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,767.
Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping guide: Hours for major Jacksonville-area stores
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:41:25 +0000
American consumers are starting their Black Friday shopping earlier: Last year, 37.3 percent of Black Friday shoppers set out before midnight on Thanksgiving, compared with 3.3 percent in 2008, according to the National Retail Federation.
Some stores are accommodating deal-hungry consumers by opening their doors while many Americans are still slicing into their turkeys. This year, Kmart is opening at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving, while Walmart will be open for every minute of the holiday.
Here’s a list of the hours for several local malls and stores:
Career Track: Professionals on the move in Jacksonville area
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:04:17 +0000
Zachary Champagne, Duval County teacher and researcher with Florida State University’s Learning Systems Institute, was elected president of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Realtor Gail George with Davidson Realty was named to the Board of Directors of the Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County.
Local marketing and advertising agency Burdette Ketchum hired Anita Cater as creative services manager and Annesteja Macedonio as media planning and buying manager.
Chick-fil-A coming to Mandarin
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:57:28 +0000
Two years ago, plans to build a Chick-fil-A on a corner in Mandarin drew a lot of resistance from people who lived in the area.
But the property at the corner of San Jose Boulevard and Oak Bluff Lane was rezoned earlier this year to allow two restaurants.
The first one, Cabana Grill, was announced soon after. On Thursday, the city issued a building permit for the second: Chick-fil-A at 3280 Oak Bluff Lane, which is actually on the corner of San Jose and Oak Bluff.
Roger Bull's Sunday Notebook: Large development planned near Town Center
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:38:46 +0000
Eckstein Investments of Jacksonville Beach has some big projects in the works. First, there’s the two apartment complexes going in on A.C. Skinner Parkway, southwest of the Southside/Butler boulevards intersection.
We wrote about the first of those, called the Loree, this summer. Groundbreaking for that three-story, 300-unit complex is planned for January, said Mark Farrell of Killashee Investments, who is acting as broker/consultant on the project.
Stein Mart reports income loss in third quarter, despite rising sales
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:16:05 +0000
Stein Mart Inc. reported a $1.2 million net income loss in its third-quarter earnings, despite rising sales compared to last year.
Its sales went up 4.5 percent, to $303.7 million in third quarter 2014 from $290.5 million during the same time last year, according to a news release from the company.
But Stein Mart’s merchandise costs also rose, from $212.7 million to $219.1 million, as well as its general expenses, from $77.9 million to $86.3 million. That helped push the company’s net income below where it was in the third quarter of last year, when it made $28,000.
Holmes Stamp & Sign buys Savannah company
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:58:23 +0000
Holmes Stamp & Sign Co. has made another acquisition. It’s purchased Savannah Stamp & Stencil, a 140-year-old maker of rubber stamps, stencils, engraved nameplates and badges.
Holmes Stamp & Sign has similar products.
This is the company’s sixth acquisition in the past five years.
Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296
Duval's jobless rate down slightly; falling gas prices slowing inflation
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:53:50 +0000
Duval County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell in October from the September figure and falling gas prices are starting to make things more affordable on the First Coast.
University of North Florida economist Paul Mason released his figures on leading economic indicators and the Consumer Price Index Friday. His differ from the state’s official numbers because Mason uses his own data and adjusts the First Coast numbers for seasonal influences.
It took only days after Rayonier's admission for shareholder attorneys to file class-action suits
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:41:06 +0000
Last updated at: 11/25/2014 5:12:29 PM ET
On the morning of Nov. 10, Rayonier Inc. admitted in an SEC filing that it made errors in its first two quarterly reports this year. It had listed more timber inventory than it could make use of, the company said, leading it to overstate its income by about $2 million in each report.
That filing led Rayonier to become the 138th company hit by a class-action shareholder lawsuit this year.