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Long-Term Impact of Tariffs on Canadian Lumber Unclear

Tariffs the U.S. government implemented in late April on Canadian softwood lumber haven’t had a jarring impact on lumber prices in the U.S. so far, according to some American lumberyard owners. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross explained in an ... Read More »

Target CEO, Other Retail Leaders Take Sides on Border Tax

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Target CEO Brian Cornell and Home Depot’s founders are among the retail leaders taking opposing sides on a proposed border adjustment tax (BAT) for imported products. If passed, the proposal “imposes a tax on imports while providing a credit for exports,” The New York Times ... Read More »

Sears Sues a Manufacturer, Loses Different Lawsuit

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This week, Sears Holdings Corp. filed a lawsuit against one manufacturer and lost a suit brought by a different toolmaker. In a company blog post from May 15, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Edward Lampert announced that the company would be “taking a ... Read More »

Battle Over Debit Card Swipe Fees Continues

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A debit card swipe fee regulation that has saved business owners more than $40 billion over the past five years may be in danger of being repealed through a recently proposed bill, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). What is the ... Read More »

Home Depot Customer Information Exposed

Home Depot

A spreadsheet including about 8,000 Home Depot customers’ transaction details and personal information was briefly posted on a Home Depot website for an unknown length of time, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Although financial data was not included in the information, this comes a ... Read More »

US Lumberyards Expected New Tariff, ‘Domino Effect’ on Prices


A new U.S. tariff on imported Canadian softwood lumber, such as pine, is the latest change to an old trade debate between the two countries. The U.S. government, as of late April, is implementing a 20 percent tariff, or import ... Read More »

Amazon Charging Sales Tax in More States

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Amazon now charges state sales tax in every state that has one. That means, as of April 1, Amazon started paying state sales taxes in Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Mexico, CNN Money reports. The only states where the company ... Read More »

Small Businesses and the Regulation Struggle

No surprise here: Government rules can cost small businesses big time. New research from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) shows that overregulation increasingly costs small business owners time, effort and money. The sheer quantity of regulations is a ... Read More »