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  1. Friday Halloween helps make cash registers ring

    Retail

    ORLANDO

    Halloween, the holiday that starts a two-month stretch of eating and spending time with family, means big business.

    Celeste Contreres, left, carries pieces to dress up as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, while friend Ashley Dupaya, unable to find Wonder Woman, lugs around a handful of Captain America and Superman costumes.
  2. Publix buying several shopping centers it anchors in Tampa Bay area

    Retail

    While its customers are buying groceries, Publix is buying shopping centers.

  3. Regulators approve taking nearly 183,000 more policies out of Citizens Property Insurance

    Banking

    The exodus of homeowners policies out of Citizens Property Insurance continued Wednesday as state regulators approved transferring up to 182,567 more policies to nine private insurers.

  4. Publix to pay $6.8 million to job applicants

    Retail

    Publix Super Markets Inc. is scheduled to pay nearly $6.8 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement over background checks.

  5. Nordstrom Rack to open first Pinellas store in 2015

    Retail

    CLEARWATER — Nordstrom Rack, the discount offshoot of the fashion department store, announced Tuesday that it will open its first Pinellas County location in fall 2015.

    More than a decade after Nordstrom Inc. opened a full-fledged department store at Tampa's International Plaza, it continues to steadily expand its brand within the Tampa Bay region with what will become its third lower-priced sister version. [SKIP O'ROURKE | Times (2010)]
  6. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 30-Nov. 5

    Events

    1 Streetcar Live: Get a free show on the TECO Line Streetcar when indie folk acts Will Quinlan and Mountain Holler perform for this monthly rolling concert series selected for the streetcar by the Gasparilla Music Festival. The fare is $2.50 one way, and the music plays from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. You can catch …

    Fans and streetcar riders watch the indie folk-pop duo Good Graeff perform for last month’s Streetcar Live concert.
  7. Florida consumer confidence dips for first time since May

    Personal Finance

    Consumer confidence among Floridians fell slightly this month, the first drop since May, according to a poll released Tuesday by University of Florida researchers.

  8. CVS and Rite Aid disable Apple Pay

    Retail

    When Apple Pay was announced at a highly choreographed launch event in September, industry analysts and experts declared that the mobile payment system had a shot at doing what other digital wallets have so far failed to do: dethrone plastic credit and debit cards as shoppers' default way of making a purchase.

  9. Trader Joe's new St. Petersburg location scheduled to open Feb. 13

    Retail

    Though missing out on the Christmas holiday season, the new Trader Joe's in St. Petersburg will still open its doors in time for another holiday, Valentine's Day.

    The popular neighborhood gourmet grocer will open its 12,500-square-foot store on Fourth Street N. on Feb. 13, the retailer said Monday. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  10. Amazon may catch case of holiday blues

    Retail

    NEW YORK — It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.