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The Federal Reserve has become aggressive in their fight against inflation by raising interest rates and accumulating debt rates. Auto loans have yet to catch up with these rising rates, which has led many people to purchase new vehicles before the rates catch up.
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The COVID pandemic spurred renewed interest in childhood toys and collectibles, but for how long?
Although hard work and the ability to adapt to the changing retail climate have helped drive their business, Lee and Renee Michael attribute their success to the loyal customers they served for over 40 years out of their Main Street clothing store, Michael's Toggery.
A pair of self-described "toy nerds" from Stewartville, Minnesota, have raised more than $300,000 for the launch of their re-imagining of an 1980s toy spaceship — Roboskull. The online fundraising campaign doesn't end until Nov. 16. Comments like “Yes, it’s a toy....but my God, what a toy!!!... You took a love of action figures and made something magical” indicate that Roboskull MK II created by Ben Conway and Mark O'Byrne is a hit with toy collectors raised on GI Joe and Star Wars.

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Shipping concerns and drought are squeezing some supply-and-demand lines for fireworks during South Dakota's frenzied sales running up to Independence Day. But sales were up nationally last year, and the parking lots were filled this week.
“We foresee in the very near future a major development to occur in the building, which could be announced as early as a month from now or later,” Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson said of the 223 N. Main St. property.
“Face coverings will continue to be strongly recommended for guests and team members who are not fully vaccinated and we’ll continue our increased safety and cleaning measures, including social distancing, throughout our stores,” the Minneapolis-based retailer announced in a news release.
Owner brothers to step back from business father founded
Lakeville-based Post Consumer Brands said last week it has resumed shipping the cereal at full capacity to stores nationwide following a pandemic-related shortage that sent prices soaring to as much as $110 a box through an online black market.
Where many industries are struggling to keep viable, outfitters are making hay during an unusually prosperous January.

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This holiday season, some 3 billion — yes, billion — packages will be shipped to homes, apartments and businesses, about $800 million more than delivered last year. And, according to CNBC, about 1.7 million packages are stolen or lost every day in the U.S.
We urge people to stop and think before they click. We should support our local merchants. There’s still no substitute for walking the store aisles, looking at the displays, and personally examining an item before purchase.
During this pandemic-ridden year, major retailers from Target Corp. to Kohl’s Corp. and Walmart  rolled out online winter holiday promotions in October to capture any holiday-related spending as early as possible.

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