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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1998
In September 1948, less than a decade before Maryland would get its first shopping mall, merchants from the downtowns of Baltimore, Annapolis, Cambridge, Towson and other towns gathered at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, united by what they saw as a threat -- the state's new 2 percent sales tax.Since that day 50 years ago when the Maryland Retailers Association got its start, retail hubs have shifted to the suburbs, the sales tax has been raised several times...
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July 16, 2013
President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget includes an early childhood learning initiative that would be funded by a 94-cent per pack increase in the federal excise tax on cigarettes. The federal government will cover 91 percent of the costs in year one, but by year 10 of the program the states' funding obligations would rise to 75 percent. In 2009, when the federal government raised the cigarette excise tax, total tax paid sales of cigarettes dropped by more than 8 percent. The proposed cigarette tax hike, which is a 93 percent increase, could diminish tax-paid sales even further.
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NEWS
December 20, 1999
Md. Retailers Association will honor 2 police officersEfforts against retail crime have brought awards from the Maryland Retailers Association for an Annapolis police lieutenant and an Anne Arundel County police detective.The awards to Lt. Robert Beans and Detective Teresa Robey will be presented Feb. 4 at a luncheon in Baltimore. As Suburban Maryland regional winners, both are eligible for the statewide award for retail crime prevention.The MRA is a statewide trade association for retail merchants.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2012
Retailers have had a difficult few years, especially the small shops that make up the bulk of the Maryland Retailers Association's membership. As the trade group's president since June 2010, Patrick Donoho has seen the effects of the recession as many longtime members were forced to close shop. Now with about 250 members, including hardware stores and other independent merchants, grocers, department stores and national chains representing 1,200 locations, the trade group is rebuilding.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Sun Staff Writer | May 10, 1995
After three years of sporadic growth and rising optimism, Maryland retailers and service providers turned leery last month, as poor Easter sales raised fears that the economic recovery had ended.While the Maryland manufacturing sector continued to produce hopeful signs through April, service companies said their revenues fell last month, a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va., reported yesterday.And service companies say they fear demand will keep dropping in the next six months.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | August 20, 1998
Maryland retailers, faced with shortages of managers and career employees, hope to recruit full-time and part-time workers through the first statewide, retail job fair in September, the Maryland Retailers Association said yesterday.Retailers hope to persuade young people to consider retail as a career rather than as a part-time job, said Tom Saquella, the association's president.Retailers need part-time store workers along with those who can move up into managerial jobs, Saquella said.But amid intense competition, he said, they also increasingly need people with marketing, advertising, computer or other technical skills, especially as distribution systems become more complex.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | May 27, 1993
Last year was a roller-coaster ride for Maryland retailers, according to statistics released yesterday by the Maryland Retail Merchants Association.After plunging for the first eight months of 1992, sales took a PTC sharp turn upward in September and never looked back. As a result, a year that could have been as disastrous as 1991 resulted in a modest 0.6 percent gain.The sales total of $38.2 billion was achieved on the strength of durable goods, which increased 4.18 percent for their best year since 1987.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2007
Acquisitions Fortress International Group, holding company of Total Site Solutions, based in Columbia, acquired Innovative Power Systems of Dulles, Va. Awards Women Impacting Public Policy, a national women's business group, named Gloria Berthold, president of Elkridge-based TargetGov, as its 2007 Member of the Year. Kevin Hollins, of Pikesville-based Hollins Partners LLC, received the 2007 Developing Leaders Award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. The Maryland Retailers Association presented state Sen. John C. Astle of Annapolis with its Legislator of the Year award; Jim McCarron, formerly with Southern States, with the Louis L. Goldstein Service Award, and Alvin Levi, former owner of Howard Street Jewelers, with special recognition for outstanding service to the association.
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By Nia-Malika Henderson and Nia-Malika Henderson,SUN REPORTER | July 24, 2007
Environmentalists and business owners packed the Annapolis city council chambers last night to tell their sides on a proposed citywide ban on plastic bags at a public hearing, with grocery chains also weighing in on an issue that would change the way they do business. Under the legislation, sponsored by Alderman Samuel E. Shropshire, all retailers and restaurants would have to provide recyclable paper bags or reusable bags or be fined up to $500.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1997
Warning that shoppers tend to drop their guard in the holiday frenzy, Maryland retailers and police yesterday launched a joint crime prevention campaign to boost safety at shopping centers and malls during the busy Christmas season.The Maryland Retailers Association plans to work with retailers and law enforcement officials to keep shoppers and stores from becoming easy prey, by offering consumer safety tips and adding more lighting, patrols and uniformed officers to retail centers.Incidents of crime, such as shoplifting, purse snatchings and auto break-ins and thefts, increase after Thanksgiving along with the traffic that retailers count on for a quarter or more of theirannual sales, said Tom Saquella, president of the retailers group.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
Shoppers in Maryland showed up at area malls and other retail outlets in large numbers Sunday, the first day of the state's Tax Free Week. The holiday from state sales tax for most clothing and footwear priced under $100 was an incentive to spend and an added bonus this time of year, said parents goingback-to-schoolshopping with their kids. "I say every dollar counts," said Kristin Ganoe of Hagerstown, who was shopping atMacy's at the Mall in Columbia with her husband, Roman, and daughter Gabriella, who's going into the third grade.
NEWS
November 14, 2011
Each year, Maryland businesses collect billions of dollars in sales and use taxes, while their Internet competitors fork over a minuscule amount. Comptroller Peter Franchot recently estimated that if the playing field were leveled and all sales were subject to the same 6 percent tax, Maryland would collect $198 million more in sales tax revenue. That's a substantial amount, and it's expected to grow to more than $327 million annually within a decade as more people do their shopping on their computers and smart phones.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2010
For nearly a quarter century, the same man has guided the legislative agenda and business interests of area retailers including Macy's, Target and Walmart as head of the Maryland Retailers Association. Now Tom Saquella, a familiar fixture in Annapolis, is ready to retire and will pass the reins in July to Patrick Donoho, also a veteran lobbyist who has done extensive work with retailers. Donoho, 58, takes the helm of the trade group as retailers are starting to recover from one of the worst economic times in decades.
NEWS
August 30, 2008
Slots can be jackpot for state's retailers James Karmel's column "A jackpot for Maryland?" (Commentary, Aug. 24) brought attention to the often-overlooked economic benefits of slot machines. Those benefits are the reason that the Maryland Retailers Association has supported slots legislation for five years and now strongly backs Question 2, the referendum on a constitutional amendment that would authorize 15,000 slot machines at five locations in Maryland. Approving Question 2 would generate tens of millions in non-tax revenue for communities and create thousands of good-paying jobs with significant new disposable income.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2007
Acquisitions Fortress International Group, holding company of Total Site Solutions, based in Columbia, acquired Innovative Power Systems of Dulles, Va. Awards Women Impacting Public Policy, a national women's business group, named Gloria Berthold, president of Elkridge-based TargetGov, as its 2007 Member of the Year. Kevin Hollins, of Pikesville-based Hollins Partners LLC, received the 2007 Developing Leaders Award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. The Maryland Retailers Association presented state Sen. John C. Astle of Annapolis with its Legislator of the Year award; Jim McCarron, formerly with Southern States, with the Louis L. Goldstein Service Award, and Alvin Levi, former owner of Howard Street Jewelers, with special recognition for outstanding service to the association.
NEWS
By Nia-Malika Henderson and Nia-Malika Henderson,SUN REPORTER | July 24, 2007
Environmentalists and business owners packed the Annapolis city council chambers last night to tell their sides on a proposed citywide ban on plastic bags at a public hearing, with grocery chains also weighing in on an issue that would change the way they do business. Under the legislation, sponsored by Alderman Samuel E. Shropshire, all retailers and restaurants would have to provide recyclable paper bags or reusable bags or be fined up to $500.
NEWS
By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2003
If you're like most of us, your photo collection is growing exponentially. Between old photos, new photos and digital photos, your storage space runneth over. How to best preserve, organize and show your precious photos? Lifescape Solutions has a suggestion: Picasa, an easy-to-use computer program that helps users arrange, retrieve, display and share digital pictures. For preservation, users are encouraged to scan old photos or to convert them to CDs. Once they're on your computer along with your digital images, Picasa automatically finds all images, organizes them into chronological events and presents them as thumbnails in albums.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | December 2, 1997
Holiday shopping got off to a slow start for some retailers the day after Thanksgiving, though analysts still predict overall sales gains for the crucial season.Retail sales dipped an average 0.5 percent in the state and 2.1 percent in the Baltimore metropolitan region, compared with the same day a year ago, according to the TeleCheck Services' retail index, an indicator based on purchases by check.Retailers and analysts blamed earlier-than-usual promotions, a later-than-usual Hanukkah, which falls on Dec. 24 this year, and rainy weather for the slower start.
NEWS
By Andrea K. Walker and Hanah Cho and Andrea K. Walker and Hanah Cho,Sun reporters | November 25, 2006
The holiday shopping season kicked off in typical frenzied fashion yesterday with pre-dawn bargains, midnight store openings, clogged Internet sites and long lines, fueling a cultural tradition that helps to set the tone for how retailers finish out the year. Early reports by retail executives predicted strong sales yesterday. And the industry hoped that showing would continue throughout the weekend, when 137 million people are expected to visit stores. Known as Black Friday because it often was when retailers posted their first profits of the year, the day after Thanksgiving has become a marketing bonanza, with consumers competing for steep discounts on limited items, traffic jams and marathon shopping excursions.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2004
With the end of price caps on electricity for commercial customers just months away, a group of Maryland trade associations is counting on its collective buying power to save money for hundreds of the state's retailers, hotels, restaurants, printers, gas station dealers and other businesses. Mid-Atlantic Aggregation Group Independent Consortium, or MAAGIC, said yesterday that it has signed an agreement with Pittsburgh-based Strategic Energy LLC to supply electricity at competitive rates and will kick off a campaign today to sign up members of its trade groups . MAAGIC, which is licensed by the state to negotiate power contracts on its members' behalf, is made up of nine business associations, including the Maryland Retailers Association, the Restaurant Association of Maryland and the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association.
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