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Chamber updates city, county on economic development efforts

The definition of success in economic development was discussed Thursday at a meeting of local elected and business leaders at the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

Many people covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday.

LL Bean struggles to meet demand for iconic boot

Whether it’s “lumberjack chic” or old-school utility, demand for L.L. Bean boots is surging — so much so that some customers will have to wait until February to get their holiday purchases.

Apple says plaintiffs' iPods not covered by suit

Apple attorneys have raised an eleventh-hour challenge that could derail a long-running, class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit is over Apple's use of restrictive software that kept iPods from playing digital music sold by competitors to its iTunes store.

Sears 3Q loss widens as retailer reshapes itself

Sears Holdings Corp. tried to reassure investors Thursday that financial maneuvers — closing stores, selling assets and slashing inventory — mean it still has enough cash available to run its business.

Uber raises $1.2 billion, valued at $40 billion

Uber raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of funding from venture capitalists, a sign investors were little fazed by the ride-hailing app's recent spate of bad publicity over privacy violations and its corporate culture.

Stocks slip slightly on ECB stimulus speculation

The stock market posted slight losses Thursday after European Central Bank officials decided to delay any stimulus for the struggling continent until next year. Investors also braced for the release of Friday's closely watched U.S. jobs report.

Obama offers insights in Q&A with CEOs

At times blunt, at others obliging, President Barack Obama entered a den of top corporate CEOs on Wednesday with a candid assessment of the limits of his governing agenda, the tripwires facing the economy recovery and the motivations of various foreign leaders.

US stocks extend record run

A batch of good news on the economy Wednesday pushed the stock market to new highs.

American Airlines to use bigger jets in Columbia

American Airlines plans to start using larger jets next year at Columbia Regional Airport to carry more passengers to Chicago and Dallas.

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Security experts doubt North Korea hacked into Sony

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.

Promotions, gas prices boost US auto sales

American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend.

Energy companies lead an advance in US stocks

Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher on Tuesday, even as crude oil resumed its slide. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer's disease showed promise.

Retail group: Black Friday weekend loses allure

Black Friday fatigue is setting in.

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Warm weather a plus for Small Business Saturday

Peaceful protest downtown doesn’t hinder Jefferson City shopping

Gorgeous weather gave sales a lift on Small Business Saturday, as avid shoppers wandered in and out of retail shops all over Jefferson City.

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Facade improvements, renovations continue in downtown JC

It’s almost December, but construction season hasn’t ended in Jefferson City. Three of four active projects participating in the city’s commercial facade program are on High Street.

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Shoppers flock to Lake of the Ozarks for holiday sales

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday draw visitors from across the country to the Lake

Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, women in the Tretter family trek to Lake of the Ozarks for an annual tradition: holiday shopping. Seven to eight women in the family, who live in and around Edwardsville, Illinois, rent a Lake Area condo and venture out to their designated “hot spot” stores.

October 2014 home sales statistics

Homes on the market in Jefferson City spent fewer days on the market and increased in average sales price last month compared to October 2013, while the total number of units sold remained nearly the same and total units sold year-to-date lagged behind last year’s numbers.

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Friday's Jefferson City shopping turns calm, quiet

Thanksgiving store openings lead to smaller crowds on Black Friday

By mid-morning Friday, lines at most retail stores in Jefferson City had decreased and shoppers said they enjoyed a much calmer Black Friday than normal.

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Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores' earlier opening hours to do their shopping on Thanksgiving Day.