Deals & shopping

  1. Florida expands back-to-school sales tax holiday Aug. 1-3

    Retail

    Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through Sunday with savings on more items this year.

    Times files
  2. Ohio-based Panini's opens in Lutz, plans Westchase expansion

    Retail

    LUTZ — Panini's Bar & Grill recently opened in the space that once housed Splash! An Ocean Grill. If the bustling crowd at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday is any indication, this place is off to a promising start.

  3. Delinquent Wells Fargo homeowners invited to workshop in Tampa

    Banking

    A nascent recovery in the housing market aside, Tampa Bay still has more than its share of residents struggling to stay in their homes.

  4. Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

    Retail

    Dollar Tree agreed Monday to buy Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion in cash and stock, uniting two of North America's biggest deep-discount retailers.

  5. Days numbered for J.C. Penney at Gulf View Square

    Retail

    The end looms for the JCPenney store at Gulf View Square in Port Richey.

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  6. How to charge your phone in 15 minutes

    Consumer

    Say you've got 15 minutes in an airport between flights and your phone is nearly dead. What do you do?

    Ultrapak comes in two sizes, priced at $100 and $60.
  7. Amazon Fire is cool, it's got 3D, but ...

    Retail

    The Fire phone that Amazon.com began shipping last week is an impressive debut with several cool features. It's a handsome, functional phone that works well with the company's growing array of online services, especially if you're an Amazon's Prime member. Still, its signature features are so far more novelty than …

    The Fire starts at $199 with a two-year contract at AT&T. You also get an Amazon Prime membership. Getty Images
  8. The scrunchie grows up

    Consumer

    Last summer, Katalina Sharkey de Solis was watching the 1988 film Heathers with her friend Ruthie Friedlander when she had a fashion epiphany. In the movie, the scrunchie, so ubiquitous in the '80s and early '90s, was a sign of power. Sharkey de Solis, who is a managing director at an ad agency, was ready for the …

    Left, a model wears a scrunchie during a Rag & Bone 2014 fashion show.
  9. This week's recalls

    Retail

    GM vehicles

    Company: General Motors LLC.

    Quantity: 414,333.

    Why? The power height adjustable front seats may not work properly, allowing the seat to move up and down freely.

  10. H&M coming to Westfield Citrus Park mall

    Retail

    Trendy Swedish clothing retailer H&M is coming to the Westfield Citrus Park mall.