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Retail Sales Up 1.1% in September

Americans stepped up their spending at retail businesses in September, reflecting their growing confidence in the economy. Retail sales rose 1.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department said. That followed a 1.2 percent increase in August. Both were the largest gains since October 2010.

Labor Day Sales: Your Holiday Savings Cheat Sheet

If you plan to chase away those end-of-summer blues with some retail therapy, DailyFinance has what you need: a rundown of some of the best deals and shopping tips for the Labor Day weekend, from the savings gurus at FatWallet.com, ShopItToMe.com, BradsDeals.com and DealDecor.com.

Savings Experiment: Ovens

To toast or not to toast? Chances are you probably don't weigh the costs of using the microwave, toaster oven, or conventional full-size oven, but you should. You can save money by factoring in the costs of energy when you cook or reheat food.

How to Save on Buying a Refrigerator

Your refrigerator might be on its last legs. Or maybe you just want to turn in that '70s-era relic for a 21st century model. In either case, how can you find a good refrigerator that won't send a chill through your bank account? DailyFinance's Savings Experiment has zeroed in on what you need to know.

How to Put Your Electric Bill on Ice

The refrigerator is the second-biggest electricity hog in most homes, so if you want to trim your power bill, it's a great place to start. The best solution is to ditch your old one for a new, energy-efficient model, but if that isn't in your budget, there are still things you can do to cut your fridge's power bill right now.

U.S. Factories Keep Humming: Orders Rose 2.1% in September

Investors got more evidence today that the manufacturing sector expansion continued into late summer/early fall. The key ex-transportation component also came in higher, at 0.4%. And the ex-defense number rose 1.9%. A solid month overall.

Whirlpool Earnings Drop to $1.02 Per Share

Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) reported third-quarter earnings of $1.02 per diluted share, down from $1.15 per diluted share a year. On an adjusted basis, earnings per share were $2.22 in the third quarter, compared with $1.67 a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

Toshiba Unveils No-Glasses 3-D TV

Toshiba (TOSBF) unveiled a new 3-D TV that viewers can watch without wearing special glasses. The 3-D liquid crystal display TV uses a high-definition screen backlit with LEDs, a special sheet on the screen and chip technology to display information from nine images, The New York Times reported.

A Surprise 1% Drop in June's Durable Goods Orders

U.S. durable goods orders unexpectedly fell 1% in June, their largest decline since August 2009. That was in sharp contrast to the predictions of the Bloomberg survey, which had forecast orders to increase 1%. The drop provides more evidence that the nation's economic recovery has slowed.

The Positive News in May's Durable Goods Report

Although durable goods order fell 1.1% in May -- its first decline in six months -- the key ex-transportation component rose 0.9%, confirming an ongoing expansion in the nation's manufacturing sector.