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Proposal Would Create Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday

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12, 2014

The bill’s sponsor expects the sales tax exemption to create a “Black Friday” type of excitement that would benefit retailers and shoppers.

Online Sales Tax Collection At All-Time High

Still, Ohio doesn't have legal authority to collect from online retailers who don't operate in a physical location in the state, such as Amazon.
July 21, 2014

The state has collected $45 million from out-of-state retailers in the 2014 budget year. That’s a 68 percent increase over the past five years.

Ohio Communities Deal With “After-Life” Of Shopping Malls

The fountains at Euclid Square were shut off years ago, former fast-food stands now sit shuttered, and tuxedoed manikins in store windows stare out at empty walkways.
29, 2013

Thirty years ago, some of the most bustling places in the state were shopping malls. These enclosed commercial districts were “people magnets”, but, online shopping and a bad economy have hit the industry hard. Many Ohio communities are now struggling with redeveloping the abandoned properties.

Delaware County Township Rejects Outlet Mall Plan

Developer NorthGate Centre can appeal the decision to the Delaware County Zoning Board of Appeals, or ask nearby Sunbury to annex the property and let them build the mall.
August 13, 2013

Trustees in a Delaware county township have denied a zoning request from developers of a planned outlet mall and recreation complex near the intersection of Interstate 71 and State Route 36/37.

Columbus Sees Sharp Spike In Shoplifting

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January 11, 2013

In 2012, city prosecutors reported a 400 percent increase in thefts where the value of goods exceeded $500.

Shopping Fell During Week After Thanksgiving

The International Council of Shopping Centers says retail sales dropped more than three percent for the week ended December 1st.
5, 2012

The International Council of Shopping Centers says retail sales dropped more than three percent for the week ended December 1st.

Black Friday Deals Expand For Holiday Shoppers

Black Friday deals stretch through the Thanksgiving week.
23, 2012

While today is called “Black Friday” in the retail world, one Ohio consumer expert says the entire Thanksgiving week now includes holiday shopping deals.

What’s Your Last-Minute Christmas Gift Advice?

Posted: December 20, 2011

Just a few days before Christmas. For those of us still looking for ideas, help us out. What’s your last-minute gift advice?

Savvy Shoppers Hurt Grocery Sales

29, 2010

Shoppers at local grocery stores are saving money, but that may not be good for some stores. The continued downturn in the economy led to steep drops in grocery store earnings for the parent company of Save A Lot. Shoppers on the near East Side claim they have to shop smart.

In These Hard Times Give the Gift of Charity

4, 2007

Nearing the peak of the holiday season, there are conflicting stories in the news. Home foreclosures are up, food pantry lines are longer while at the same time, retailers report a banner start to the holiday shopping season.WOSU commentator Jerolyn Barbee urges people to take note of the contradiction.