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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 file photo, Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at a Kmart store in New York on Thanksgiving Day. Retail sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 according to data provided from First Data Corp., which tracks purchases at 800,000 stores including online. The modest growth comes despite the heavy discounting customary throughout the season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Weak holiday retail numbers clouds U.S. recovery hopes

- The Washington Times

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly tumbled nearly 1 percent in December, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday, sending U.S. stock markets lower and leading at least one analyst to says it's time to pump the brakes on talk of a strong U.S. economic rebound in 2015.

In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Nissan trim and chassis workers work on a new 2015 Nissan Murano at the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss. The Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for November on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Cheaper gas, food lower US producer prices

- Associated Press

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.

Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

- Associated Press

It's the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers.

In this Nov. 11, 2014, photo, 2015 Ford F-150s move along the production line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The Commerce Department releases third-quarter gross domestic product on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

U.S. economy grew at 3.9 percent rate in 3rd quarter

- Associated Press

The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more than a decade and pulling further ahead of other big economies of the world.

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Sargent aims to dress up D.C.

- The Washington Times

British designer Kathryn Sargent aims to dress up the capital. The London-based designer recently came to the District for a "Tailored Tea" and "Wine and Design" event at The Jefferson Washington D.C. in Northwest. Ms. Sargent showed off her wares and explained the importance of a bespoke tailored suit for doing business in the District, be it for government, business or simply social occasions.

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Palminteri unveils BiVi, first-ever Sicilian-style vodka

- The Washington Times

Chazz Palminteri, the writer-actor-director known for his one-man show and subsequent film adaptation of "A Bronx Tale," has gone where no Sicilian distiller has gone before. "My [business partner] Rich DeCicco said to me, 'You know there's never really been an Italian/Sicilian vodka made in Sicily,'" Mr. Palminteri, 63, told The Washington Times of his entry into the vodka business with his new signature brand, BiVi.