Hi readers. I'll be out of the office for the first week in October. I plan to be back Oct. 7. In the meantime, if you have any news or questions, please email me and I'll get back to you when I return. Thanks!
Katie Peralta covers retail and breaking business news for the Charlotte Observer. She previously wrote about the U.S. economy from inside the Beltway. If you have a tip or story idea, you can reach Katie at 704-358-5079 or by email. She's also on twitter: @katieperalta.