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Quarterly revenue, profits fall at Staples

Rick Saia |

Profits at Staples, which is on the verge of buying its chief rival in the retail office supply market, fell 38.5 percent in its most recent quarter amid weaker sales, the Framingham-based company...

Sales push TJX earnings 'well above' plan

Carol McDonald |

Framingham-based TJX Cos. said strong customer traffic in the first quarter of its new fiscal year led to an 8-percent jump in profits, to $475 million, or 69 cents per share, over the same quarter...

Calling all 'locavores'! Concord a growing hub for local food

Emily Micucci |

A couple of months ago, a new restaurant opened in historic West Concord.A farm-to-table concept with a menu designed around seasonal, locally...

'Destination' stores putting MetroWest on the map

BY SUSAN SHALHOUB SPECIAL TO METROWEST495BIZ |

If you're shopping for property in MetroWest, does shopping influence your decision? Retailers that are considered more upscale brands — such as Cabela's in Berlin and Wegmans in Northborough...

Municipalities want liquor licenses to flow more easily

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to face reminders that when it comes to local economic development, liquor licenses are considered a key to success.

Meet this year's Central Mass. 100, the region's top employers

Central Massachusetts' most complete picture of the companies and leaders that drive the region's economy begins with UMass Memorial Health Care.

Locked, loaded primed to sell: Fully leased properties with marquee tenants draw investor interest

In the face of stagnant interest rates, investors looking for long-term returns are dropping their money into commercial real estate filled with tenants holding long-term leases.

New Natick tobacco regulations another patch in the quilt?

Emily Micucci |

Natick is among the latest towns to have approved their own set of tobacco regulations in an effort to reduce tobacco use among youth, adding to the complex patchwork of regulations that blanket the...

Differing views on proposed e-cigarette rules

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Proposed restrictions on free samples of e-cigarettes for adults would harm retailers' ability help smokers quit, "vaping" advocates argued Thursday to the attorney general's office.

Staples adds Makr to online suite

Office supply giant Staples of Framingham said Thursday it has completed the acquisition of Makr — an iOS app that enables people to design and print one-of-a-kind materials — and its...

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