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November 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Retail sales for the three days after Thanksgiving were up 0.4% from last year's strong results, ShopperTrak RCT Corp. said. The company, which monitors more than 45,000 retail locations, noted that sales picked up slightly toward the end of the weekend. Separately, the International Council of Shopping Centers said that for the week ended Saturday, which included the two days at the start of the holiday shopping season, sales at stores open at least a year rose 5.1% from a year earlier.
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July 6, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
Bob Hope Airport in Burbank saw the number of passengers who passed through its gates rise slightly in May -- the second month this year to show an increase. The airport handled 345,997 passengers in May, a 0.4% increase compared to 344,566 in May 2012, according to statistics released by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority last week. This uptick came two months after a 0.27% increase in March, which was followed by a 2.4% drop in April. There were double-digit declines the first two months of the year.
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BUSINESS
June 2, 1998 | Reuters
Car sales in Japan rose in May for the first time in 14 months, suggesting that the market may have bottomed out after last year's sales tax increase slammed the brakes on consumer buying. Although overall vehicle sales continued a steady decline in May, falling 8% from year-ago levels to 294,211 units, passenger cars eked out a 0.1% gain to 210,813, according to the Japan Automobile Dealers' Assn. Among the signs of a belated spring thaw in Japan's car market was growth at Nissan Motor Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Is it any surprise that on a warm spring day, thousands of Southern Californians went in search of a good book - and a chance to meet the person who wrote it? Not to Susan Burton, a retired school librarian from Fontana, who was among the crowds that converged Sunday morning on the USC campus for the final day of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. "I think this is a fabulous place to be," she said as she stood in line with a friend to hear a discussion about crime writing with former L.A. Deputy Dist.
SPORTS
October 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
The number of college athletes who say they use anabolic steroids increased by 1% over the past four years, but marijuana and cocaine use dropped, according to a national study released Monday. The study for the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. also found that drinking went up slightly, while the use of smokeless tobacco increased by nearly 40%, from 20% in 1985 to 28% this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1989 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, Times Staff Writer
As he prepares to leave office, President Reagan is recommending his first--but slight--budget increase for the arts. Instead of the current $169.1 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Administration on Monday proposed spending $170.1 million for fiscal 1990, beginning in October. The endowment, an independent federal agency, awards matching grants to arts organizations and artists and helps support state and local arts agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Despite drops in sales tax revenues hitting other Orange County cities, Costa Mesa predicts slight increases in revenue from sales and property taxes in the 1991-92 fiscal year. The effects of the recession, which forced the city in April to downgrade its projected sales tax revenue for the current fiscal year, seem to be tapering off, City Manager Allan L. Roeder said in a budget message to the City Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
Bob Hope Airport in Burbank saw the number of passengers who passed through its gates rise slightly in May -- the second month this year to show an increase. The airport handled 345,997 passengers in May, a 0.4% increase compared to 344,566 in May 2012, according to statistics released by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority last week. This uptick came two months after a 0.27% increase in March, which was followed by a 2.4% drop in April. There were double-digit declines the first two months of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000
Although strokes are relatively uncommon among women of childbearing age, women who take oral contraceptives run a slightly higher--but still minuscule--risk of suffering one, UC San Francisco researchers reported in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Assn. They reached the conclusion after analyzing 16 studies conducted between 1960 and 1999 to determine a link. They found the risk of a stroke increased from one victim to two victims per 24,000 when women took the pill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1989 | AMY PYLE, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation on Wednesday renounced what it described as its voluntary compliance with a state request to limit trash dumping at Lopez Canyon Landfill, saying it would no longer abide by the ceiling. The change in policy--another step in a running dispute between city and state agencies over the dump--is not likely to lead to large increases in the amount of trash taken to Lopez Canyon, city officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Beaches across the nation continue to be fouled by sewage and storm water pollution that puts swimmers at risk of getting sick, according to a report by an environmental group. The Natural Resources Defense Council found that although the number of days American beaches were closed or posted with advisories because of contaminated water dropped 3% last year, they were at their third-highest level in 22 years. California registered a slight increase in beach closures and advisories in 2011, most of them in response to tests revealing elevated bacteria counts, according to the group's annual "Testing the Waters" report.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — which together constitute the nation's busiest seaport complex — reported very different traffic numbers for April. Together, they saw only a 1.8% increase for the month compared with a year earlier. Analysts blamed the near-flat results on the slowing Chinese economy and continuing doubts about the strength of the U.S. recovery. But the Port of Los Angeles had its best April ever and its best month of the year. Imports grew 16.7% from a year earlier to 364,556 containers.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Despite a boost in sales, giant retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported fiscal third-quarter profit that fell short of Wall Street expectations, reflecting continued financial worries among its core low-income shoppers. For the three months that ended Oct. 31, the nation's largest retailer reported a profit of $3.3 billion, or 96 cents a share, down 2.9%, or 95 cents, from $3.4 billion a year earlier. The results were 2 cents below analysts' expectations. Wal-Mart executives said Tuesday that the retailer was focusing on keeping prices low to attract customers who remain thrifty and pessimistic about the U.S. economy.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2010 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
In a small but still encouraging sign that the economic recovery has picked up, the government has revised its estimate of third-quarter growth slightly upward to an annualized rate of 2.6%. The figure is up from the previous estimate of 2.5%, although it came in at less than the median projection of 2.8% in a survey of economists by Bloomberg News. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the higher growth rate of gross domestic product ? the total output of goods and services produced in the United States ?
BUSINESS
September 29, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Economists said they expected weak growth in housing and a decline in home prices this year despite a report Tuesday indicating that home valuations crept up in July. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index of 20 metropolitan areas showed that prices of previously owned single-family homes rose 0.6% in July from June and 3.2% over July 2009. The closely watched index encompasses data from May, June and July. Although sales plummeted in July they were bolstered by popular federal tax credits for buyers in May and June.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2010 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Anticipating solid sales growth for the rest of the year, department store giant Macy's Inc. said Thursday that it planned to hire 65,000 holiday workers, a slight increase from previous years. The mostly part-time positions will be in the company's stores and also in its distribution, online fulfillment and call centers nationwide. In some cases, temporary seasonal workers are offered permanent positions based on their skills and performance over the holiday season, the company said.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2009 | Ronald D. White
What a difference a year makes. Retail gasoline prices barely budged for the second straight week, a year after they had already begun to soar toward records at $4.588 a gallon in California and $4.114 nationally. The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in California rose less than half a penny to $2.340, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations Monday. That was $1.506 a gallon below the year-earlier price.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
California boasts one of the nation's highest percentages of public school students passing AP tests, but educators are concerned about a dramatic slowdown in the rate of students taking those college-level courses, according to an annual report released Wednesday. In 2009, about 21% of California's senior class earned a score of 3 or higher on one or more Advanced Placement exams. The national rate was 16%. The tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with scores of 3 and above accepted for college credit at many colleges and universities.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2009 | Ronald D. White
What a difference a year makes. Retail gasoline prices barely budged for the second straight week, a year after they had already begun to soar toward records at $4.588 a gallon in California and $4.114 nationally. The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in California rose less than half a penny to $2.340, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations Monday. That was $1.506 a gallon below the year-earlier price.
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