Retailers cashing in on Day of the Dead

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Colorful skulls, skeletons and other traditional Day of the Dead symbols are becoming much more mainstream than just a few years ago. Target, Walmart and other big retailers have plastered the theme on masks, paper plates and candle holders. There are Day of the Dead earrings and necklaces at Party City, and costumes and headbands at Spirit Halloween stores. The Los Angeles Times reported that Day of the Dead -- largely celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 -- effectively has become rolled up into the Halloween retail juggernaut.

Sprint and T-Mobile may not merge after all. The two companies were expected to announce a deal sometime soon, but then reports came out Monday that the owner of Sprint, SoftBank, is dropping those plans. The two companies can't agree on what the combined business would look like.

Americans are saving the least since the financial crisis. Where's that money going? Much of it is spent and some going to the stock market. The Commerce Department says the savings rate in September fell to 3.1 percent, the weakest level since December 2007.

A new survey says the best prices can usually be found at Amazon. Amazon is about 11 percent cheaper overall than Walmart, Target and Jet, according to a new, independent study of online prices of 52,000 products across 13 categories from research firm Profitero. Walmart is the closest competitor to Amazon in terms of price.

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