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The private equity firm Permira is said to be close to acquiring Dr. Martens. The R. Griggs Group, the family business that owns Dr. Martens, is in talks for a deal that could be worth roughly £300 million, or $484 million If the deal is confirmed,...

Employers added a disappointing 148,000 jobs in September but the unemployment rate trickled down a touch to 7.2 percent, the government said Tuesday in a closely followed report more than two weeks late because of the partial government shutdown....

Even before the shutdown began, there was a lot of uncertainty about whether this holiday shopping season would be better or worse than the last. Anyone who's been out shopping lately knows retailers are worried, too....