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Television Advertising Sales Fall Far Short of Industry Targets

Monday, July 28, 2014

TV advertisers are being unexpectedly tight-fisted. Wall Street and TV networks had been banking on an improving economy this year to help drive demand. But the annual “upfront” advertising market, when marketers place their orders for commercial spots for the coming year, was unexpectedly weak. Broadcast networks ABC, CBS and Fox collectively booked $600 million less this summer than during last year’s market, according to estimates by network executives and …

Despite Law, D.C. Folks Can Get Booze in N.H.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire is assuring residents of the nation’s capital that they can purchase alcohol in the state despite a law that suggests otherwise. But cigarettes? Maybe not. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently told retailers they should accept Washington, D.C., driver’s licenses when determining a buyer’s age, even though state law does not explicitly include them and instead refers to licenses …

Social Security Q&A: What Is Supplemental Security Income?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : What is the purpose of Supplemental Security Income, or SSI? Answer : The purpose of SSI is to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little income and few resources to support themselves. It provides financial assistance to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. You can receive SSI even if you have not worked and paid into Social …

Business Notes: July 20, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Randolph — Gov. Peter Shumlin joined the management and about 200 employees of Vermont Castings last week to celebrate the return of some of its manufacturing to the Bethel and Randolph facilities. The governor attended the event to recognize the company’s effort to rebuild the quintessential Vermont brand …

Employee Owned

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Windsor — After 28 years of being a closely-held corporation, on Aug. 1, Harpoon Brewery will have new owners. Founding partner Rich Doyle is stepping down as CEO, and he and some other shareholders are selling their stock …

Audi RS5 Coupe

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bottom line: The Audi RS5 coupe is an amazingly beautiful automobile — to look at, to sit in and to drive. Fully equipped at nearly $80,000, it is a car for the precious few. But it’s nobody’s bauble. It is every inch a well-engineered, brilliantly thought-out car that …

Too Tempting All-Wheel-Drive Speedster

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Driving the Audi RS5 Quattro coupe is like being in a forbidden relationship. You know you shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing. But it feels so very good doing it, you don’t want to stop. You know you’re …

Cooking Up a Colorful Kitchen

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine. “Pastel greens, …

2014 Civic Hybrid Has Improved Fuel Economy

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Another fuel-sipping alternative is available to motorists weary of yo-yo pump prices: the gasoline-electric hybrid version of Honda’s popular Civic compact sedan. It’s affordable, too, as far as hybrid cars go: 2014 prices begin at $24,635 (plus $790 freight) for the base model. But it can go as …

Time Helps Millennials Be Savvy Financially

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — We all know them. The planners who know more about investing and interest rates than you ever will. People who buy insurance for everything and are always thinking about the future. Well, they may not be as smart with their money as you think. In fact, …

Marijuana Edibles Are Becoming an Industry

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Montpelier — Move over, pot brownies. The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry of baked goods, candies, infused oils, cookbooks and classes that promises a slow burn …

Consumers In U.S. Are Less Upbeat

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — Consumer confidence unexpectedly declined in July to a four-month low as Americans grew increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of wage gains. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of sentiment dropped to 81.3 this month from 82.5 in June, according to data issued on Friday. …

Lindt Adds To Nestle’s U.S. Chocolate Woes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Zurich — Nestle typically seeks to be first or second in all its businesses, yet isn’t even close in the U.S. chocolate candy market, where the Swiss company is dwarfed by Mars and Hershey. When No. 3 Lindt & Spruengli completes its planned purchase of Russell Stover Candies, …