Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

Dollar Tree said Monday that it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers.
By Candice Choi

35 percent in US facing debt collectors, study says

More than a third of Americans reported to collection agencies for unpaid bills and debts.
By Josh Boak

Energy secretary talks MOX funding

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday that federal officials need to identify a long-term funding stream for the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site if the project survives the current budget cycle.
By Meg Mirshak

Outdoor gun range opening Labor Day weekend

The project is nearing completion and S.H.A.R.P.E. Shooters will open Aug. 29, weather permitting, said owner Buddy Lichty, who also owns Shooters Indoor Range and Gun Shop in Augusta.
By Jenna Martin

Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

Zillow buying Trulia in $3.5 billion deal to create online real estate titan.
By Mae Anderson

Shoppers getting jump-start on back-to-school purchases

The start of school may still be weeks away, but back-to-school shopping has already kicked into high gear.
By Jenna Martin

Augusta rink closing Aug. 24

The Augusta Ice Sports Center on Augusta West Parkway will close Aug. 24, and a sale on the property is pending.
By Jenna Martin

Fair Trade is good for business

Demand for Fair Trade products is rising as people become more aware of how their food and other products are made. That makes the Fair Trade market a growing opportunity for small business owners.

Augusta's Jobs: By the numbers

Five years after the recession ended, government-supplied employment statistics indicate that the overall job scene is better than when the recession started. 
By Tim Rausch

Market extends its correction-free streak

A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky. And the U.S. stock market's response? After dipping briefly on the bad news, it climbs higher.
By Steve Rothwell

House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House.

Biz Bits

Faye Davis was named top relocation agent for May by Century 21 Larry Miller Realty
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Restaurant inspections

Search databases of the latest restaurant inspection reports for Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.

Biz Bits

Lowell Dorn was named president of the board of trustees of the Augusta Museum of History. He is the information manager for Morris Communications.

On The Move

Patrick Kingsmill is the new senior vice president and trust officer at Georgia Bank & Trust.

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