5 must-read business stories this week

Ohio Gov. Kasich
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Ohio Gov. Kasich

Mikesell's Potato Chip Company is recalling a product in Ohio and other states in the region due to a possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled chips were distributed in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. READ THE FULL STORY.

2. With fraud on the rise, retailers tighten up return policies

The National Retail Federation estimates that return fraud could cost retailers nearly $4 billion during this holiday season, higher than last year's lost profits. Over the entire year, retailers could lose up to $16 billion. READ THE FULL OUR CONTINUED COVERAGE.

3. The Limited closes several locations locally

The Limited, a women's clothing retailer, has closed several locations in the region during December. Locations at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, The Liberty Center in Liberty Twp. and Tri County Mall in Cincinnati all closed this month. READ WHY THE STORES ARE CLOSING.

5. Governor’s recession warning for Ohio may be overstated, experts say

Gov. John Kasich's recent warning that Ohio is on the brink of recession raised eyebrows across the state and shined a spotlight on Ohio's lackluster economic performance, but there are few signs of an imminent downturn that would throw economic growth in reverse. READ MORE HERE.