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US Retail Sales Rise for 3rd Month but Slowdown Expected

WASHINGTON — Americans increased their spending at retail stores and restaurants in July for a third straight month, but some evidence suggests that sales are weakening with the expiration of government rescue aid that had previously put more money in people's pockets. Friday's report from the Commerce Department showed that retail...

Lowe’s and Costco Will be Closed Easter Sunday. Here’s What’s Open in Fresno for Projects & Groceries.

Lowe's has announced it will be closed on Easter Sunday, joining Costco, Target and Trader Joe's in giving their employees the holiday off. Other retailers have observed the holiday in the past. For Lowe's the decision to close on Easter Sunday is new this year. To show appreciation to our...

Fresno Cannabis: Social Equity and When Stores Might Open

Proposed new guidelines and maps in advance of a Fresno City Council discussion show where cannabis businesses may locate, who may work there, and what the social equity component could look like. The council will discuss a new round of regulations at 11 a.m. Thursday at City Hall. Listen to...

Hidden in Plain Sight: California Illegal Pot Market Booming

LOS ANGELES — California's struggling legal cannabis industry is expected to grow this year to $3.1 billion, but it remains outmatched by a thriving illegal market ripe with bargains, a report concluded Thursday. Consumers are spending roughly $3 in the state's underground pot economy for every $1 in the legal...

Fresno Unemployment Rate Rises, But Better Than a Year Ago

Fresno County continues to enjoy the fruits of the strong U.S. economy under President Donald Trump, according to the latest figures released by the state of California. However, Fresno County's unemployment rate, at 7.6% for June, remains well above the national (4.2%) and state rates (4.5%). Clovis continues to have the strongest...

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