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Outside the Neiman Marcus store.


Neiman Marcus Expands in Northern California

Retailer today opens its 42nd full-line store and its third in the San Francisco Bay Area, located in the affluent East Bay suburb of Walnut Creek.

clock March 8, 2012Joanna Ramey

Government and Trade

California Governor Pushes for Tax Hike

In his annual address before the state legislature, Jerry Brown said the increases — supported by retailers — are key to closing the state’s deficit.

clock January 18, 2012Joanna Ramey

Government and Trade

Protesters Cause Minor Delays at West Coast Ports

Efforts by a couple hundred protesters from the Occupy movement caused only minor delays at the two largest ports, at Long Beach and Oakland, Calif.

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Study: Chinese Economy Heading Toward Downturn

China’s surging economy is due for a slowdown or an outright crash from an investment bubble fueling the country’s phenomenal growth.

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A rendering of the main floor at the Macy’s Men’s Store.


Macy’s S.F. Men’s Unit Getting Major Facelift

Retailer is spending $5.6 million to add another floor and 34,000 square feet of selling.

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Chris Matthews Talks Presidental Politics

The host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” last week fielded questions about his new book, “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero,” in San Francisco from Phil Bronstein.

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Occupy Oakland general strike flyer.

Government and Trade

Oakland Port Reopens After Protests

The port reopened Thursday morning as a few protesters from Occupy Oakland remained at the marine terminal gates.

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Levi’s jeans


Levi’s, Adidas, H&M Back Better Cotton

The first cotton grown using more sustainable farming methods under the global Better Cotton Initiative has reached the marketplace.

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Government and Trade

California Meausure Looks to Invigorate Business

The legislature voted to create a new entity called the Office of Economic Development.

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Jerry Brown

Government and Trade

California Plan Could Help Apparel Sector

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a plan to create more jobs through tax incentives, which could benefit apparel manufacturers and small retailers.

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A view of San Francisco.


California Economy Continues to Struggle

The state with the nation’s largest economy and retail market, is gradually recovering from the recession.

clock August 25, 2011Joanna Ramey


California Sales Tax Cut Could Boost Spending

The sales tax dip is calculated to be a $233 savings per household over the next year in a state of more than 37 million people.

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China trade is expected to be a hot topic.

Government and Trade

Importers to Benefit From Lower Freight Rates

Better capacity and inventory control cited.

clock July 5, 2011Joanna Ramey

Business Features

California Passes Web Sales Tax

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation to require out-of-state Internet sales companies to collect and remit state sales taxes.

clock June 30, 2011Joanna Ramey


Pressure Mounting for Taxes on E-tail

A string of states is pushing legislation to require online sellers to collect sales taxes; Congress may also soon enter the fray.

clock June 20, 2011David Moin and Joanna Ramey

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