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November 2017

Facts and figures for the 2017 holidays

Shopping With the holiday shopping season coming up soon, consumers say they’ll spend an average $967.13 this year, according to the annual survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. That’s up 3.4 percent from the $935.58 consumers said they’d spend when surveyed last year. Holiday retail sales in November and... Read more →


10 gifts you probably won’t be able to buy this Christmas

Photo: Northwest It’s possible some of the most popular holiday gifts won’t be available as we get closer to Christmas. Every year, last-minute shoppers find empty shelves when hunting for the season's top toys and gadgets – and they either end up paying huge prices or buying less exciting alternatives.... Read more →


Kidde is recalling fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment

About 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles are being recalled in the United States with an additional 2.7 million being recalled in Canada. The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle... Read more →


Auto dealership to pay $1.4 million for violating financing and advertising order

A Southern California-based auto dealership group will pay $1.4 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated a 2014 order prohibiting it from misrepresenting how much consumers could pay to finance or lease a vehicle. The proposed court order resolving the FTC’s lawsuit against 12 businesses, operating as... Read more →