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Save on Snow Removal

During the winter, snow can be a costly hassle. Here'€™s how you can cut the cost of snow removal for yourself, while helping your neighbors save, too.

Savings Experiment: Snow Removal

Snow is beautiful to look at, but not fun to keep off your driveway. In the event of major snowflake accumulation, what will help you do the trick for the least amount of money and effort?

High Heating Oil Prices Continue to Drain Wallets

Winter in the Northeast was particularly brutal this year, but not enough to account for the likely record prices. Blame crude oil's recent price jump for that. But the pain could become even worse if Obama's proposed cut in low-income energy subsidies passes.

People@Work: Winter's Blasts Affect Not Only Hiring but Output, Too

It's hard to fathom that something as mundane as weather could affect employment statistics. But it clearly does. And it also has big impact on how much work actually gets done. And beyond the snows of winter, there's distractions like the Super Bowl that keep worker from their duties.

Even Record Snows Couldn't Stop Shoppers

Much to retailers' surprise, old man winter didn't deter consumers from the post-holiday clearance sales. Merchants posted better-than-expected January results despite the dreadful weather that had caused many analysts to cool their forecasts.

Retail Sales: November Stole the Show from December

U.S. shoppers piled up the presents under their Christmas trees, but retailers were still a bit disappointed by their holiday haul. The Commerce Department's official tally shows what many suspected: Consumers took care of most of their shopping in November this year.

Face-off on Stocks: Outdoor Sportswear and Footwear

For many sportswear manufacturers, wintry weather leads to increased sales as people bundle up and and outfit themselves for outdoor sports. Here, Matthew Pulomena and Nikhil Hutheesing face-off on which sportswear companies stand to benefit the most -- and how investors can profit.

N.J. Digs Out from Blizzard Without Gov. or Lt. Gov.

New Jersey residents voted in 2005 to give their state a lieutenant governor, so even though Gov. Chris Christie is on vacation in Florida while his state is getting pounded by a blizzard, the should be no leadership vacuum in Trenton. But his backup, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, picked this week to go away on vacation too.

Oil Prices Rise on Cold Weather in Europe, U.S.

Oil prices gained Monday morning as expectations of cold weather in the U.S. and Europe raised demand. U.S. crude for January delivery rose 15 cents to $88.20 a barrel at 7:48 GMT, Reuters reported. ICE Brent for February rose 13 cents to $91.80.

Severe Weather Closes Airports, Spreads Chaos in Europe

Severe weather closed airports in Geneva, London and Edinburgh, spreading chaos through Europe%u2019s transportation system. London Gatwick airport, the second-busiest in the U.K, will be closed until at least tomorrow morning while snow is cleared away, Bloomberg News reported. Geneva airport is shut until at least 2 p.m. local time, while flights were cancelled at Frankfurt thanks to strong tailwind.

Flight Cancelled? It's Going To Get Worse

It's been a grueling winter for many American travelers as airlines preemptively cancel flights ahead of any possible heavy weather. In early February alone, nearly 1 million passengers were stranded as 13,000 flights were canceled. And chances look good that once winter is over, the situation will only get worse.

Chicken Prices May Jump Due to Blizzards

Snowstorms that hit the Eastern Seaboard this week could mean shortages and higher prices for chicken. At least a dozen poultry houses suffered collapsed roofs due to the heavy snow, and further damage and losses were expected.

Blizzards Boosting Some Businesses' Bottom Lines

Mother Nature's fury has left a path of fiscal destruction that will linger far after the record-breaking snowfall starts to melt -- and she's not done yet. Another foot of snow is expected to fall over the next day or two, blanketing the Mid-Atlantic region yet again. Back-to-back snow storms are the last thing cash-strapped businesses and state and local governments need right now. But for some businesses, blizzards mean opportunity.

Happiness due to spending shortfall?


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Portland mayor's plea: Walk and shop!

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