It’s that time of the year when the days are getting shorter and the retail hours are getting longer.
And while year-round merchants are gearing up for the holiday season, pop-up stores, like the many Halloween outlets, are cropping up alongside them — and then shutting their doors one or two months later.
These temporary stores may sound like a fad, but pop-up stores reflect a growing trend in the retail sector.
You see one in almost every large mall in New Hampshire:
RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Americans are expected to spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween. If you're wondering exactly how, let's go to one street in Concord, New Hampshire, where families take the ghoulish holiday very seriously. New Hampshire Public Radio's Dan Gorenstein reports.
New Hampshire has some of the highest health insurance rates in the country. The state’s insurance department held its first hearing ever on some of the causes.
The average policy holder saw a 14 percent rise in premiums this past year. A cavalcade of health care providers, employers and insurance companies offered their views. Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, said one factor is new treatments.