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Kerry MarunaOctober 9, 2015

What’s Going on in Finance Today?

Consumers are still cautious about the economy, resulting in a sales growth decline this holiday season to 3.7%, down from last year’s 4.1% according to the National Retail Federation. To combat this prediction Wal-Mart has launched their layaway program two weeks earlier than usual, and Target has expanded their price-match guarantee.

Are workers’ compensation costs on the rise? An arrangement for better group health plans might mean exactly that, says new study.

And Blackstone Group, a leading global alternative investment manager and financial advisory firm, has been fined $39 million over fee practices, which isn’t the first time they’ve had to settle with the SEC over their increased authority over the private equity industry.

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All this and more in the stories below, here’s today’s roundup…

 

Abenomics: Less of the Same

The Japanese government’s three new economic arrows miss their mark.

>> Economist Staff

 

Lumber Liquidators Settles Lacey Act Charges

The company agreed to plead guilty to violations of a customs law and the Lacey Act, and pay a combined total of $10 million in fines.

>> Katie Kuehner-Hebert

 

Holiday Sales Growth Will Slow This Year

The National Retail Federation said that holiday sales should increase 3.7%, to $630.5 billion, this year, a deceleration from 2014’s growth.

>> Katie Kuehner-Hebert

 

Trendy Health-Care Payment Scheme Hikes Workers’ Compensation Cost

An ongoing shift to the “capitation” model for reimbursing medical providers leads them to classify more injuries as work-related.

>> David McCann

 

Jobless Claims Fell Last Week

The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits was lower than expected.

>> Katie Kuehner-Hebert

 

Blackstone Fined $39M Over Fee Practices

The settlement with the SEC is the second stemming from the agency’s increased authority over the private equity industry.

>> Matthew Heller

 

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