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Lorraine Mirabella | July 24, 2013
Consumers plan to spend an average of several hundred dollars to upward of $600 getting kids ready for school, and plenty aren't waiting until August, the busiest back-to-school spending period. The National Retail Federation expects families with school-age children to spend an average of $635 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics, down from $689 last year, or $26.7 billion total.    Meanwhile, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs place the average estimate per household much lower, at $285, and said a third of the shoppers polled in a recent survey have started shopping already.
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NEWS
April 22, 2011
Easter eggs Quarter-pound, chocolate-covered Easter eggs made by members of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shady Side are for sale. Orders can be placed by calling 410-867-9567. They will also be available at the Shady Side Market, Renno's Market and Grauel's Office Supply. The eggs come in four cream flavors: butter cream, chocolate, coconut and peanut butter. They cost $2.50 each.
EXPLORE
January 19, 2012
At its December meeting, the Laurel Board of Trade directors elected the following members as officers and directors for 2012: The officers elected are chairman, Matthew Coates, Photography By Madison; president, Michelle Arsenault, Stitching Pretty; vice president, Bernie Robinson, PNC Bank; and treasurer, Jan Able, retired from PNC Bank. The following members were elected directors: Laurie Blitz, Laurie's Something Special Coffee; Lee Brangan, Patuxent Financial Group; Don Henyon, retired from Citizens National Bank and a life member; Marilyn Johnson, the Marilyn Johnson Sewing and Creative Fabric Studio; Sean LeVere, Latin Image Studio; Bob Mignon, Minuteman Press; Kriss Phipps, Reality Inc.; Deborah Randall, Venus Theatre; Marvin Rogers, Laurel Mill Playhouse; Joe Tredway, Tredway's/PG Office Supply; and Kelly White, Revere Bank.
NEWS
April 4, 2002
Counterfeit $100 and $20 bills have circulated in the Mount Airy area recently, according to a warning issued by Maryland State Police at Westminster. At least two phony $100 bills have been used, the most recent yesterday, said police, who are working with the Secret Service. Other suspected counterfeit bills reportedly have been rejected by businesses, including the bogus $20. Police have a counterfeit $100 bill, which they said appears to have been printed on a color-copying machine.
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1996
Staples Inc., the chain of office-supply superstores, said yesterday that it will acquire its chief rival, Office Depot, for $3.49 billion in stock.The deal, if approved by shareholders and regulators, would create the largest office-supply superstore chain in North America, with more than 1,100 outlets in the United States and Canada.Revenues should top $10 billion once new stores are added this year. The two chains had combined revenues of more than $8 billion last year."This makes them the Toys R Us of the office-supply industry," said Mark Millman, head of Millman Search Group Inc., a national retail consultant firm based in Lutherville.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2005
In the latest political fallout for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. of Hunt Valley, the office supply superstore Staples Inc. will pull its advertising during certain Sinclair programs in response to what it described as customer complaints about "one-sided" news coverage. The retailer said that beginning Monday, it would stop advertising during local programming on the 62 stations that Sinclair owns or operates across the country. The local Sinclair ads account for a small part of Staples' media spending, a spokesman for the No. 1 office supply chain said.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | March 6, 2002
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - Staples Inc. had fourth-quarter net income of $93.8 million and raised this year's profit estimate as the second-largest U.S. office supply retailer continued to reduce costs and remodel stores. The company reported earnings of 20 cents a share in its fiscal fourth quarter that ended Feb. 2. That compares with a loss of $111.7 million, or 23 cents, a year ago. Profit will be 76 cents to 80 cents this year, almost double last year's results, Staples predicted. The company said it would have earned $136 million, or 29 cents a share, excluding certain costs to close 31 stores.
NEWS
November 24, 1994
PEOPLESuzanne Ricklin elected to boardSuzanne Ricklin of Columbia has been elected to the Family Life Center's board of directors.Ms. Ricklin, a principal of Century Mental Health in Columbia, has a masters of social work degree from the University of Maryland.Richard J. Nelson to head companyRichard J. Nelson has been named president of the Mid-Atlantic Region for Corporate Express, one of the nation's largest office supply companies, and Donald A. Quinn has been vice president of sales and marketing for the Mid-Atlantic region.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | December 4, 1993
The threat that the Senator Theatre would be sold to pay off its owners' other real estate debts was erased yesterday as the theater's owners obtained a $3 million loan to refinance property across the street where they had developed an office supply store and a parking lot.The Senator, a federally recognized historic site, was not directly involved in the financial morass, said Thomas A. Kiefaber, manager of the theater and a general partner in the partnership...
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