May 20, 2013 7:52 AM
LAFAYETTE - Shoppers can prepare for the hurricane season while saving some pennies during the state's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.
The 2013 sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. May 25 and ends at 11:59 p.m. May 26.
Louisiana law spares those shopping for hurricane-related purchases from... more »
May 8, 2013 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mega-store Costco Wholesale could open in Baton Rouge a year from now, after the East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved an economic development plan to pay for infrastructure and road improvements in the area.
The retailer is investing $38 million into its 144,000-square-foot warehouse at the... more »
May 7, 2013 7:13 AM
WASHINGTON - Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.
The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases.
Under the... more »
May 5, 2013 10:40 AM
WASHINGTON - Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat. That's right, even if Internet retailers don't collect sales tax at the time of purchase, you're required by law to pay it in 45 states and the... more »
February 20, 2013 5:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Marketplace Fairness Act, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), would allow states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases.
The bill is intended to help small businesses that often lose out to online retailers who don't have to charge... more »
February 7, 2013 10:34 PM
LIVINGSTON- Developers of the planned mixed-use project Juban Crossing plan to announce details about stores in the next few weeks.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said he expects the news in two or three weeks. Following the announcement, construction should begin.
State bonds have been sold to pay... more »
January 25, 2013 9:27 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council has approved plans for a new shopping center.
The Magnolia Marketplace will be a two-level mall where most of the stores will face an elevated, open-air parking deck.
Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell urged the council on Thursday removed many of the... more »
December 26, 2012 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The 2012 shopping season is quickly drawing to a close, and many shoppers say they didn't spend as much as years past.
Retailers typically make 40 percent of their yearly sales in November and December. The week after Christmas is still considered a big shopping week,... more »
December 26, 2012 6:15 AM
WASHINGTON - U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending.
Sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent compared... more »
December 24, 2012 8:09 AM
ATLANTA - Some analysts are saying that shoppers seem to be spending less leading up to Christmas Day.
The market research NPD Inc., says consumer traffic over the weekend was in line with the same time a year ago, but shoppers seemed to be holding onto their wallets a... more »
December 22, 2012 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Holiday shoppers were out today despite current talks from Washington on potential tax increases.
Kelli Bagwell said she is aware of how close the nation is to teetering to the fiscal cliff, but she is not going to let it ruin her holiday season. "I'm getting... more »
December 21, 2012 5:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- Small, locally owned stores are getting their piece of the pie when it comes to last minute shoppers.
"It's the last minute people rushing it, it's our second black Friday," says Lindsay Schaefer.
Schaefer, a sales associate at FeBe, says her store is cashing in on... more »
November 29, 2012 5:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - You may not be charged tax when online shopping, but that doesn't mean your purchases are tax-free.
Web retailers like Amazon.com aren't required to collect sales tax in states like Louisiana because there's no 'brick-and-mortar' store in the state, but Louisiana still requires consumers to pay... more »
November 27, 2012 9:41 PM
CENTRAL- People can expect to see an extra show-of-force this holiday season.
Tuesday night, Police Chief Doug Browning update city leaders on his annual plan to hire off duty officers from area departments to police the streets during the busy holiday shopping season.
A mix of paid on-duty... more »
November 26, 2012 2:17 PM
NEW YORK - Cyber Monday appears on track to becoming the biggest online shopping day ever, and web traffic isn't expected to peak for another several hours. IBM Benchmark says, as of noon Eastern time, sales were up more than 24 percent compared with last year. And ComScore says nearly... more »
November 24, 2012 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- The days following Thanksgiving are major shopping days across the country, and usually pay off for the big chain stores.
However, going to locally owned stores and small boutiques on Saturday is becoming popular with shoppers who are looking for deals, but want to skip Black Friday... more »
November 23, 2012 10:42 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind. Police, alerted by store security, found the boy asleep in the... more »
November 22, 2012 8:35 PM
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Despite the flood around the holidays, annual catalog circulation by retailers has actually dipped substantially because of a postage increase, a weak economy and more shoppers making purchases online. Marketers say nearly a third fewer catalogs are mailed than four years ago. L.L. Bean is among... more »
November 22, 2012 8:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Planning to brave the crowds Friday to get the big deals? Remember to stay calm, and be nice.
Other advice from experts: - Plan your route based on what you need to buy, and stores' opening hours. - Do your research. - Check websites. You might be... more »
November 21, 2012 9:56 PM
BATON ROUGE- Still more than 24 hours before sales were available, a small group of people gathered outside an electronics store to be the first to get the deals.
A few were outside the Best Buy near the Mall of Louisiana. The store doesn't open until midnight Friday morning.... more »
November 21, 2012 4:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, to feed a family of 10 this Thanksgiving, all you will need is a $50 bill.
That only includes the necessities: a 16 lb. turkey, carrots, rolls, whipping cream, stuffing, whole milk, sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, pie crusts, fresh... more »
May 24, 2012 2:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's tax-free holiday for people to get ready for hurricane season is this weekend.
The Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs this Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27.
During the annual two-day holiday, the state sales tax is waived on the first $1,500 of... more »
April 16, 2012 6:14 PM
LIVINGSTON - Residents in Livingston Parish will have to wait at least another year before the Juban Crossing shopping center is complete.
More than half-a-million cubic yards of dirt have been moved since ground was first broken on the site nearly two years ago. Now nearly 95 percent of... more »
December 14, 2011 5:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - A recent consumer report says two out of three shoppers will end up in debt because of holiday spending. But experts say making a plan and sticking to it can keep you out of that statistic.
Certified financial planner, Chad Olivier, says shoppers need to set... more »
November 28, 2011 5:53 PM
ZACHARY- Zachary Police are looking for a man who robbed the Payless Shoe Store on Main Street Saturday.
The crime was caught by a surveillance camera. Witnesses say the suspect held up his jacket and showed the employee a gun in his waistband. The say he left the store... more »
November 25, 2011 1:23 PM
UNDATED - Authorities say there's more than pushing and shoving going on as the holiday shopping gets under way.
Los Angeles police are looking for a woman who used pepper spray to keep rival shoppers away from merchandise she wanted last night. Twenty people suffered minor injuries after being... more »
November 15, 2011 5:58 PM
BATON ROUGE- With Black Friday just around the corner, law enforcement agencies are planning to increase security at shopping centers.
Baton Rouge Police plan to use mounted police, bicycle patrols and police cars to monitor parking lots at Cortana Mall. At the Mall of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's... more »
February 3, 2011 5:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- As the temperatures drop, hundreds of shoppers are filling area grocery stores in search of the cold weather essentials. The most popular items at Bet-R grocery store ranged from milk and bread to stew meats.
"They're buying a lot of soup shank, a lot of stew meat,... more »
December 27, 2010 4:10 PM
NEW YORK - Forget the returns line: Americans hit the stores after Christmas to buy stuff, indulging the rediscovered retail appetite that may have made 2010's holiday shopping season the biggest ever. Revenue for the holiday season is on track to grow at its strongest rate since 2006. Total spending... more »
December 26, 2010 6:48 PM
Crowds of people shuffled through the mall, some looking for a good deal, others making returns.
For Charlene Dean, day-after-Christmas shopping is a family tradition.
"It's been a family event but only for the girls to spend their Christmas money," Dean said.
Shoppers who got to the... more »
December 24, 2010 6:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - They're toys that bring back memories of childhood, and this year they're flying off of local shelves.
Legos, Lincoln Logs and Easy Bake Ovens are only a few of the vintage toys shoppers are picking up this Christmas.
"People really appreciate being able to give... more »
December 20, 2010 10:26 PM
LIVINGSTON - A collective "yes" among the Livingston Parish Council gave a shopping development the boost it needed to move into the building phase after a four-year stall due to the recession.
Monday night, the council increased a sales tax for the Juban Crossing development, making it 10.5%. The... more »
December 19, 2010 3:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- As the Christmas shopping deadline fast approaches the area malls are filling quickly. So holiday shoppers have to be strategic to make sure they get the presents they want while avoiding the crowds.
"You don't want to come too late because we had to drop my sister... more »
December 16, 2010 5:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement in the Capitol City has new airborne weapons to fight holiday crimes.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office rolls out a surveillance tower to different popular holiday shopping areas across the parish every night.
The Baton Rouge Police Department has been putting its... more »
December 16, 2010 10:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office are bringing in new tools in the fight against holiday crimes.
Surveillance stands, dummy cars, extra patrols and even the police helicopter are being used.
News 2's Ashley Rodrigue will explain what crimes... more »
November 28, 2010 7:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- As the busy shopping season gets underway, more people are hitting the malls to pick up presents for Christmas, which means more criminals are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers. The folks at Cortana Mall beefed up security patrols and offered tips to customers to keep them... more »
November 27, 2010 1:33 PM
NEW YORK - Retailers are calling it an encouraging sign for the holiday shopping season. They say many customers are not just buying gifts for family and friends, they're buying things for themselves too. While there aren't many sales figures yet for Black Friday, crowds were large. Meanwhile, shoppers who... more »
November 26, 2010 4:24 PM
BATON ROUGE- While hundreds of people lined up in the cold to grab deals at some of the bigger stores in the city, a select few waited to begin their shopping trips. The folks who wanted to skip the lines looked to local mom and pop shops to make their... more »
November 26, 2010 12:01 PM
BATON ROUGE, La.- Hundreds of people flooded the mall Friday morning to take advantage of reduced prices and great deals despite the rain. This Black Friday was different than most as many stores opened well before the traditional 5 a.m.
Nearly every department store at the Mall of Louisiana... more »
November 25, 2010 4:22 PM
NEW YORK - Not all Americans tucked into turkey with their families on Thanksgiving. Some were out shopping, hitting sales ahead of the crowds expected Friday. After a year of cautious spending and worry over an uncertain economy and high unemployment, more stores this year extended hours into Thanksgiving Day,... more »
November 25, 2010 2:03 PM
BATON ROUGE- A handful of die-hard shoppers lined up early in front of Best Buy near the Mall of Louisiana. The shoppers have made it a tradition to spend their Thanksgiving in front of the store waiting on Black Friday deals.
The first shopper, Jared Boudreaux, said he's made... more »
November 25, 2010 1:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Many local grocery stores opened their doors for those last-minute grocery shoppers.
Dozens of people made the mad dash to Matherne's on Bluebonnet Boulevard to grab everything from eggs to an entire Thanksgiving feast.
Pie crust seemed to be a hot commodity; seven out of... more »
November 25, 2010 12:27 PM
CHICAGO - Experts say Black Friday shoppers should remember their budgets before they head out the door with their credit cards and holiday lists. Consumers Reports say shoppers can end up taking a year to pay for all the spending. It says more than 13 million people are still paying... more »
November 17, 2010 9:29 AM
MONROVIA, Ca. - Black Friday's just around the corner, but a new survey by CouponMountain.com suggested many Americans would rather click and save than fight the crowds at the malls.
CouponMountain.com's Online Holiday Shopping Survey found 69% of online shoppers disliked the crowds, their number one complaint of Black... more »
October 21, 2010 6:21 PM
New shopping options are on the way for Livingston Parish as the Juban Crossing project gets set to break ground in Denham Springs.
The project, which is expected to feature retail shops as well as residential options, will be built near the intersection of Interstate 12 and Juban Road.... more »
September 27, 2010 10:34 PM
Questionable expenses were found after an audit of the group that regulates high school sports. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association's former Commissioner Tommy Henry said the organization's Board of Directors approved every purchase, making those purchases legitimate buys in his eyes. Now, the organization said it's no longer business... more »
December 26, 2009 7:22 PM
Thousands flocked to the malls Saturday to take advantage of some major post holiday sales. Some stores offered discounts as deep as 75 percent off.
"Retailers are wanting to get rid of the excess merchandise," said shopper Nicole Baker, "and after a day with family you want to go... more »
December 2, 2009 4:29 PM
With holiday shopping in full swing, experts are warning consumers not to purchase items using their smart phones.
Most of them aren't equipped with virus protection. It could potentially make you an easy target for thieves.
"Smart phones really are small hand held computers," Trae Russell with Eatel... more »
November 27, 2009 10:12 PM
Black Friday shoppers may have flocked to the malls, but not all of them rushed into making a buy.
Many shoppers told News 2 this year the purchases are carefully calculated. They blame the economy for causing them to scale back this year's shopping.
Some shoppers said they... more »
August 7, 2009 5:22 AM
The state sales tax holiday is underway and will end at midnight Saturday night. The exemption applies to the first $2500 you spend in each location. So, for every dollar you spend, you save four cents.
Vehicles, meals, and taxable services such as hotel occupancy; amusement, recreational, and athletic... more »