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Dog days of summer becoming back-to-school shopping daze instead

Dog days of summer becoming back-to-school shopping daze instead

The dog days of summer used to be for lazing about at the beach or swimming hole.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Super Bowl ads called misguided

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Expensive TV spots for the biggest U.S. sports spectacle of the year have become a misguided venture for advertisers, a University of Purdue professor says.
A myth: Consumers hate holiday shopping

A myth: Consumers hate holiday shopping

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- It is a myth that U.S. consumers don't like shopping during the holiday season, a U.S. retail expert says.
Layaway makes a comeback but is it really a good deal for hard-pressed consumers?

Layaway makes a comeback but is it really a good deal for hard-pressed consumers?

CHICAGO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A funny thing is happening on the way to the cash register -- more stores are offering layaway as a means to entice consumers not only to get their holiday shopping done early but to boost sales overall.
MARCELLA S. KREITER

Expert predicts $35B in gift card sales

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Holiday gift card sales this year throughout the United States could exceed $35 billion, a Purdue University retail expert predicts.

Purdue to host call center conference

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., June 12 (UPI) -- The 11th annual Call Center Campus at Purdue University will present behavioral scientists' latest ideas on turning a call center into a marketing tool.

Professor offers Grinch-like outlook

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- This holiday season holds little prospect for U.S. retailers to enjoy any huge sales increases, a Purdue University retail expert said Thursday.

Report: Retail bargains are on the way

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. holiday shoppers will find an unusually large number of discounts and bargains, a university study is predicting.

Retail expert sees Merry Christmas sales

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A Purdue University retail expert says store and Internet retailers can look forward to a busy holiday season with a 4 percent to 7 percent sales increase.

Split growing over Brazil's economic moves

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Less than two months in office, Brazil's new government is beginning to show the strains of trying to push one of the world's largest emerging markets out of the doldrums.
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent

Analysis: IMF entrenched in Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- When economic policy changes provoke civil or political unrest in a Latin American country, the IMF often gets blamed for requiring difficult and unpopular changes. But the agency is also used as a scapegoat by regional leaders seeking to deflect attentio
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent

Hot Buttons: Talk show topics

President Bush has created a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to glean lessons to help thwart future attacks, United Press International reports.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Ready, set, shop

Mall rats may find a bit of extra elbowroom as the holiday shopping season fires up.
MARCELLA S. KREITER

Ready, set, shop

LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 27 (UPI) --

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Even if Major League Baseball players strike after Thursday night's games, angry fans will not stay away from the game for long.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International
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