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Yahoo! Takes A Look Back At The Top 10's of 2011

Yahoo! Takes A Look Back At The Top 10's of 2011

 

The year 2011 is coming to an end, and as 2012 approaches Yahoo! has analyzed the top searches and stories of the year. For the last 10 years Yahoo! has been compiling information to gage the most popular searches each year including viral fads, top news stories and other interesting and strange things that make news.the

The top search for 2011 on Yahoo! was not a person or juicy story, but an electronic technological marvel. The iPhone beat out the reality TV drama, a closely watched high profile defendant, and America's #1 most wanted terrorist.

Bealls Black Friday

Bealls Black Friday

In a response to a growing number of requests from their associates and customers, Bealls Department Stores, Inc. will open its stores from 12 a.m to 10 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving. This will be the earliest opening for an After Thanksgiving sale in the company’s history.

Kohl's Black Friday

Kohl's Black Friday

Kohl’s Department Stores revealed its after Thanksgiving Day deals offering unprecedented value to all customers with more unbeatable savings opportunities than ever before and more ways to shop and share the best offers of the season. Doors open nationwide for 24 hours – from 12 a.m. to midnight on Friday, Nov. 25, to help shoppers get a jump on tremendous savings opportunities. Online shoppers can start saving even earlier with more than 500 Early Bird specials available on Kohls.com on Thanksgiving Day. For the first time ever, all Kohl’s shoppers will earn $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent in store or online.

Publix Recalls Spinach Dip Due To Possible Health Risk

Publix Recalls Spinach Dip Due To Possible Health Risk

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for spinach dip because it may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.  The problem was discovered as a result of routine microbial testing conducted by Publix.  The 16 ounce containers of prepackaged spinach dip were sold at Publix retail deli departments with a UPC of 41415-00062 and use by date of OCT 10 C1.  

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back to school already?

Some anxious retailers are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. With good reason: Last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back-to-school shopping, the National Retail Federation says. Many retailers are still nervous about consumer spending in a topsy-turvy economy.

That's one reason why Toys R Us' "Pack to School" sale on backpacks and lunchboxes started as early as July 1 in some parts of the country.

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Tourism Up in St. Johns County

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Tourism experts are cautiously optimistic heading into the 2011-2012 travel season.

From January through May, visitation was up six percent over the same time period in 2010. 

According to the St. Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB), the area saw an increase in visitors last year as well, with 3.4 million visitors spending at least one night in the county during 2010-2011.

On average, those people stayed 5 days.  They spent $634 million, including $38 million in sales tax and $5.6 million in bed taxes, according to the VCB.

Those hotel and motel bed taxes are used to pay for the bureau and their marketing campaigns, which are designed to bring more people to the area.

According to the VCB, they are trying new advertising this summer to try to keep people coming back.

Winn-Dixie Introduces Smartphone 'App'

Winn-Dixie Introduces Smartphone 'App'

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. announced it launched a smartphone application that will help customers find their closest Winn-Dixie, allow them to view the weekly circular and sales for that specific store, and create and manage shopping lists that both sync with computers and can be shared with other users. The easy-to-use app for Apple’s iPhone and Android smart phones is available as a free download through Apple Inc.’s iTunes, the Android Market or through links on Winn-Dixie’s website at http://www.winndixie.com/Mobile/apps.