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One in five consumers is likely to buy a vehicle through the Internet, a dramatic increase from the 2 percent who said they were likely to do so during 2001.
“Cars Online 07/08,” Capgemini’s ninth annual automotive study, explores trends within the retail side of the automotive industry, focusing on consumer buying behavior, environmental issues, Web usage, lead management and customer loyalty. Continue Reading Consumers more comfortable buying vehicles online

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Colorado-based MolsonCoors and SAB Miller PLC, the brewer of Miller Lite, said they will combine their U.S. brewing operations in an effort to compete against industry leader Anheuser-Busch. The joint venture will be known as MillerCoors and will have responsibility for brewing and selling brands including Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, Coors, Coors Light and… Continue Reading Coors, Miller team to fight Budweiser on beer-market battlefield

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National and local economists have gloomy predictions for this year’s holiday shopping season. “I’m predicting that spending will be soft at best,” said local economist Tucker Hart Adams. “Consumers are up to their ears and eyeballs in debt. The only thing that’s going to make them spend a lot this year is some kind of… Continue Reading City might need miracle on Tejon Street this shopping season

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Stores magazine has released its list of the The Favorite 50 online retailers, providing the industry with an idea of the hot spots on the Web where consumers love to shop.
According to the survey, conducted by BIGresearch, customers rank e-tail giant Amazon.com as their favorite online retail company. eBay.com, typically considered a non-traditional retailer, came in second. Continue Reading Shoppers select their 50 favorite e-tailing Web sites

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Sears bringing back holiday catalog

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After a 14-year absence, Sears Holdings Corp. is reviving its annual holiday catalog the Sears Wish Book. This time, the catalog will also be in virtual form at Sears.com. The online Wish Book is not up and running yet, but customers will soon get a sneak peak at the top 100 wish big items. Half… Continue Reading Sears bringing back holiday catalog

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Soul mates walking away from downtown shoe store

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Ruby and Frank Maestas have been together since seventh grade. When they made the decision about a year ago to buy a shoe boutique in downtown Colorado Springs, it was a perfect fit. The name fit their relationship – Sole Mates.
The idea was that someday their daughter would take over the business, but she recently moved to Kansas. And after making monthly trips to Kansas to visit their kids and grandkids, the couple decided to give up the shop. Continue Reading Soul mates walking away from downtown shoe store

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Studio 182 gets makeover, now Lotus Salon and Spa

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Studio 182 has gotten a makeover of its own after 10 years.
The hair design and skin care salon now has a new name — Lotus Salon and Spa.
Owners Melissa Jamison, Kim Nuss and Danielle Morrison kept the same people but moved to the top level of the Country Club Corners campus at Highway 115 and E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Continue Reading Studio 182 gets makeover, now Lotus Salon and Spa

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Another big-name player has decided to enter the growing market of smoothie franchises in Colorado Springs. Smoothie King is now open at 9275 N. Union Blvd., across from Memorial Hospital North.
According to a study by FRANdata, Smoothie King owns the biggest share of the smoothie market. Jamba Juice, currently with three locations in the Springs, is second. Continue Reading Smoothie King makes way into Colorado Springs market

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Warehouse brings taste of India to the Springs

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A love for India provided two Colorado Springs residents with the idea of bringing handcrafted Indian items to the city.
Former U.S. Ambassador to India and President of Colorado College Richard Celeste and his wife, Jacqueline Lundquist, will celebrate the grand opening of One World 2 U Warehouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14-16 at 1120 Elkton Drive, Unit E. Continue Reading Warehouse brings taste of India to the Springs

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Ferguson daring women to be confident and sexy

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A company founded by local resident Christine Ferguson is reaching out to women who want to feel beautiful and confident in lingerie every day.
“I’ve always loved lingerie and I use to dabble in selling it as a hobby,” Ferguson said. “Once I had a sale where one of my friends said, ‘I don’t want to buy lingerie because I don’t have a boyfriend.’ Another said, ‘I don’t have the body type for it.’” Continue Reading Ferguson daring women to be confident and sexy

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