Manatee retailers feel boost from Small Business Saturday

While local big box stores including Kohls, Best Buy and Bealls drew lines of shoppers to their front doors for the evening before Black Friday Thursday night, owners of some smaller shops are putting more stock in the promise of the Saturday after Thanksgiving.


Stocks inch higher in quiet trading, but Disney stumbles

Stocks finished mostly higher Friday as they wrapped up a quiet week of trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fluctuated early on, but managed to eke out a small gain as telecommunications and financial stocks rose. Disney dragged down the Dow Jones industrial average after the company said ESPN lost 3 million subscribers in the last year. Oil prices slumped, dragging down energy stocks.


Yellen will check her list twice before Fed raises rates

Federal Reserve bankers get their last major economic statistic in the week ahead before their interest rate meeting in mid-December. On Friday, November employment data will be released. A strong month of both job growth and wage growth likely will seal the fate for the Fed to raise interest rates in December.
Fresh Kitchen, of the Tampa-based Ciccio Restaurant Group, will open a second location in University Park on Black Friday.
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