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Stocks inch higher in quiet trading, but Disney stumbles

Stocks finished mostly higher Friday as they wrapped up a quiet week of trading.


Consumers spend Thanksgiving shopping on their phones

Shoppers didn’t wait for the stores to open on Black Friday. They just pulled out their phones.

Local shoppers hit stores around Boston on Black Friday

After the frenzy that followed store openings, local retailers were taking a breather during the mid-morning lull.

Are shoppers’ losing their holiday spirit?

More than 20 years of retail sales data suggest it’s a distinct possibility.

Gold falls to five-year low as likelihood of Fed rate-increase grows

Bets that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month increased, curbing the metal’s appeal.

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Amazon has raised the bar for merchants by offering free same-day delivery to its Prime loyalty club customers.

Ralph D. Freso/Reuters/file

Everyone loves same-day delivery, until they have to pay

The logistics and costs of same-day delivery have been a difficult challenge to surmount for retailers.

The new Boston Public Market officially opened in late July.

Lunch Break

New Boston Public Market fills appetites, coffers

Since the market opened July 30, over 500,000 visitors have checked it out.

// Carpenters union targets Braintree school project

The group has embarked on a campaign involving multiple levels of government in its protest of alleged wage law violations.

// Chip-ready credit card machines hard to find

Three in five Americans are now carrying a chip-embedded credit or debit card. The only problem? Where to use it.

Partners enters a genetics market

Partners is moving to sell software, called GeneInsight, that digests genetic data and breaks it into bite-sized information.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

Shirley Leung


Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.