Haven’t done your Christmas shopping? Relax you’re among millions

Why shop now when you can wait another week? Here’s what the National Retail Federation has discovered.

Bill Siwicki of Internet Retailer reports Harry & David’s tablet sales have soared.

The American Staffing Association temporary and contract work activity increased 4.3% during the third quarter.
Third Quarter ASA Employment and Sales Survey data showed U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.95 million temporary and contract workers per business day during the third quarter of 2012.

The Energy Department said it is backing an offshore wind project near Coos Bay as one of seven offshore installations in state and federal waters for commercial operation by 2017.
The Oregon project, led by Seattle, Washington-based Principle Power, plans to install five semi-submersible floating foundations outfitted with 6-megawatt direct-drive offshore wind turbines. The project will be sited in deep water 10 to 15 miles from Coos Bay, Oregon. Principle Power’s semi-submersible foundations will be assembled near the project site in Oregon, helping to reduce installation costs. Here’s a locator map for all of the projects.

Gold slipped beneath $1,700 on the Comex.

Southern Oregon participates in state’s booming viticulture industry.

An app of relief for iPhone users who miss useful maps.

Dean Zerbe of the alliantgroup, a tax consulting firm in Washington, D.C., writes in today’s Washington Post that small business fails to take advantage of a research and development tax credit.

The Wall Street Journal details how states are grappling with teacher pension shortfalls.

Demands to pursue HSBC insiders mounts. But banking analysts see the United Kingdom-based institution as a good bet.

Association of General Contractors says firms have delayed hiring or laid off workers with fiscal cliff in mind.

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