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September 15, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retail sales jumped in August, spurred by widespread gains beyond the expected increases of auto sales due to the government's popular Cash for Clunkers program. And while inflation at the wholesale level also rose last month as gasoline prices surged the most in a decade, the retail sales report is a sign that consumers may be less cautious about spending as the economy recovers. Consumer spending is closely watched because it accounts for about 70 percent of the nation's economic activity.
NEWS
August 13, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retail sales disappointed in July and the number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. The latest government reports reinforced concerns about how quickly consumers will be able to contribute to a broad economic recovery. "There is really no positive spin to put on these numbers," Jennifer Lee, an economist with BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note. "The U.S. consumer remains very weak. The jobs situation, while slowly improving, is still dismal.
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | January 20, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com While retail sales were reported sluggish in some areas of the market this past holiday season, business boomed for antiques and collectibles dealers and restoration specialists in the Tri-State area, they said. "We're doing fantastic," said Dick Caricofe, who owns Beaver Creek Antique Market in Hagerstown with Sean Guy, Dick Frey and Cliff Springer. "We had our best Black Friday (Nov. 29, 2002) since we opened in 1984. " Caricofe and other local dealers attribute strong antiques and collectibles sales in part to increasing interest among younger collectors and the popularity of the eBay Internet auction site and such television shows as "Antiques Roadshow" and "Shabby Chic.
NEWS
By DON AINES | November 30, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. ? The unemployment rate rose slightly from September to October, yet Franklin County still saw the number of people working increase and set records for employment in several categories, according to preliminary figures released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. "As far as monthly movement, it's nominal," Ryan Horner, an industry and business analyst for the department, said of the increase from 3 percent in September to 3.1 percent in October.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 1, 2013
Offering customers a glass of champagne with their Sunday brunch at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and at any other hospitality business in West Virginia might soon be a little less complicated. Legislation that would allow Sunday sales of beer and wine to begin at 10 a.m. is on track to be voted on by the 100-member House this week. Current state law now only allows such sales to begin after 1 p.m. Patrons of the upscale Sunday brunch buffet at the Bavarian Inn find the current restriction “ridiculous,” said Christian Asam, who operates the alpine-style AAA Four Diamond property along the Potomac River with his brother, David.
NEWS
January 31, 2002
W.Va. Gov. Wise promotes sales tax holiday plan By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise paid a visit to the Martinsburg Mall Wednesday afternoon to promote his idea of a "tax holiday" for parents buying back-to-school merchandise for their children. continued Wise is asking the Legislature for permission to lift the state's 6 percent sales tax on clothing, shoes and school supplies on the first weekend in August.
NEWS
August 6, 2009
AUG. 28, 1927-AUG. 5, 2009 LITTLE ORLEANS, Md. - Edward L. Yonker Jr., 81, of Stottlemyer Road and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Born Aug. 28, 1927, in Little Orleans, Md., he was the son of the late Edward L. Yonker Sr. and Maye Carnell Yonker. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He had been employed by Fairchild in Hagerstown, Md., had been self-employed in the retail sales of manufacturing housing and was a farmer.
NEWS
February 10, 2013
A comment was made by an anonymous Mail Caller recently concerning confusion about Maryland's sales tax as it applies to food purchases. “I recently went to a local eatery to get takeout,” the person said. “I noticed that I was charged 7 percent tax. I thought the sales tax in Maryland was 6 percent. I looked online and could not find anywhere that takeout would be charged a higher rate than everything else. Anybody have an explanation for me?” According to a spokeswoman at the state comptroller's office, Maryland sales and use tax applies to all retail sales within the state, as well as the use of “tangible personal property or a taxable service.” Spokeswoman Sarah C. Dufresne said in an email that the sales tax rate on food and drink is 6 percent in most cases, unless an exception applies.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 17, 2012
In the midst of tax-free week and the flurry of back-to-school shopping, parents and students have hit area stores in search of clothes and supplies. “We came up here to shop for school supplies because of the tax-free week,” said Berkeley Springs, W.Va., resident Sandra Howard, 34, who was shopping Thursday for her three children who are going back to school. “Back-to-school shopping is always very stressful.” During tax-free week, there is no sales tax in the state of Maryland on clothing items and footwear that cost $100 or less.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | December 28, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com Snow disrupted two of the busiest holiday shopping weekends in December, but area retailers are optimistic that a last-minute shopping frenzy will make up for lost sales. "Weather's really been a big factor this year, unfortunately," said Tom Saquella of the Maryland Retailers Association. Back-to-back snowy weekends kept shoppers away from the stores. Some stores, including those in Prime Outlets in Hagerstown, had to close early or open late because of poor road conditions.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 1, 2013
Offering customers a glass of champagne with their Sunday brunch at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and at any other hospitality business in West Virginia might soon be a little less complicated. Legislation that would allow Sunday sales of beer and wine to begin at 10 a.m. is on track to be voted on by the 100-member House this week. Current state law now only allows such sales to begin after 1 p.m. Patrons of the upscale Sunday brunch buffet at the Bavarian Inn find the current restriction “ridiculous,” said Christian Asam, who operates the alpine-style AAA Four Diamond property along the Potomac River with his brother, David.
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NEWS
February 10, 2013
A comment was made by an anonymous Mail Caller recently concerning confusion about Maryland's sales tax as it applies to food purchases. “I recently went to a local eatery to get takeout,” the person said. “I noticed that I was charged 7 percent tax. I thought the sales tax in Maryland was 6 percent. I looked online and could not find anywhere that takeout would be charged a higher rate than everything else. Anybody have an explanation for me?” According to a spokeswoman at the state comptroller's office, Maryland sales and use tax applies to all retail sales within the state, as well as the use of “tangible personal property or a taxable service.” Spokeswoman Sarah C. Dufresne said in an email that the sales tax rate on food and drink is 6 percent in most cases, unless an exception applies.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 17, 2012
In the midst of tax-free week and the flurry of back-to-school shopping, parents and students have hit area stores in search of clothes and supplies. “We came up here to shop for school supplies because of the tax-free week,” said Berkeley Springs, W.Va., resident Sandra Howard, 34, who was shopping Thursday for her three children who are going back to school. “Back-to-school shopping is always very stressful.” During tax-free week, there is no sales tax in the state of Maryland on clothing items and footwear that cost $100 or less.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 6, 2012
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot was at Hagerstown Premium Outlets Monday to raise awareness of this year's Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, during which there is no sales tax on footwear and apparel costing less than $100. This year's tax-free week runs from Aug. 12 to 18. “We believe this plays a big role in jump-starting fall shopping,” Franchot said. “It gets people out of summer vacation mode.” The footwear and apparel include any type of shoes and any articles of clothing that cost less than $100, according to Kim Frum, public information officer from the comptroller's office.
NEWS
By ARNOLD PLATOU | November 28, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County's economy is starting to gain strength in the retail sector -- just in time for Christmas, according to the latest sales tax collections data. In the first nine months of this year, spending fell 4.5 percent across all kinds of business in the county compared to the same period a year ago, according to a Herald-Mail analysis of the data. But in the general merchandise category -- department, discount, sporting goods, toys and other such stores -- sales actually held steady from January through September compared to a year ago, the data shows.
NEWS
September 15, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retail sales jumped in August, spurred by widespread gains beyond the expected increases of auto sales due to the government's popular Cash for Clunkers program. And while inflation at the wholesale level also rose last month as gasoline prices surged the most in a decade, the retail sales report is a sign that consumers may be less cautious about spending as the economy recovers. Consumer spending is closely watched because it accounts for about 70 percent of the nation's economic activity.
NEWS
August 13, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retail sales disappointed in July and the number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. The latest government reports reinforced concerns about how quickly consumers will be able to contribute to a broad economic recovery. "There is really no positive spin to put on these numbers," Jennifer Lee, an economist with BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note. "The U.S. consumer remains very weak. The jobs situation, while slowly improving, is still dismal.
NEWS
August 6, 2009
AUG. 28, 1927-AUG. 5, 2009 LITTLE ORLEANS, Md. - Edward L. Yonker Jr., 81, of Stottlemyer Road and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Born Aug. 28, 1927, in Little Orleans, Md., he was the son of the late Edward L. Yonker Sr. and Maye Carnell Yonker. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He had been employed by Fairchild in Hagerstown, Md., had been self-employed in the retail sales of manufacturing housing and was a farmer.
NEWS
By TOM RIFORD | January 14, 2008
The year 2007 was very good for tourism in Washington County. Hotels reported a strong year, with revenue up over last year. The new Homewood Suites by Hilton is reportedly doing very well, as is the one-year-old SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Camping and RV-ing were very popular in Washington County in 2007. Area campgrounds reported a brisk year, with very healthy occupancy and sales revenues. Camper visits to private campgrounds were up compared to last year. Jellystone Park, for instance, reported a large increase in business, mostly attributed to the new water park.
NEWS
By DON AINES | November 30, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. ? The unemployment rate rose slightly from September to October, yet Franklin County still saw the number of people working increase and set records for employment in several categories, according to preliminary figures released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. "As far as monthly movement, it's nominal," Ryan Horner, an industry and business analyst for the department, said of the increase from 3 percent in September to 3.1 percent in October.
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