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Slowing car sales point to softness in Canadian economy

OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada’s spring economic soft patch deepened as new car sales faltered and inflation remained stuck below the central bank’s target, adding consumer weakness to troubles in Alberta’s oil patch.

Date: 05/21/2016 | Business Wire

Sports Authority to shutter all stores amid bankruptcy

NEW YORK — Sports Authority, which filed for bankruptcy protection three months ago, is shuttering all 460 of its stores after it was unable to adapt to consumers’ move online.

Date: 05/20/2016 | Business Wire

Market for unused gift cards flourishes online

A gift card can be the perfect gift. Except when it's not.Your generous out-of-town aunt sends you a $100 gift card for your birthday good at AMC theaters. Too bad the theater chain in your neighborhood is a Cinemark.Or your clueless cousin buys you a $50 card to...

Date: 05/15/2016 | Business

FDA to establish rules for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON — The federal government Thursday announced sweeping new rules for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer some protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Business Wire

Amazon could take 30% stake in large cargo airline Inc. could take as much as a 30 percent stake in a large cargo airline, its second such deal this year as the e-commerce giant steps up efforts to take control of its own delivery logistics.As part of the agreement,

Date: 05/05/2016 | Business Wire

4 reasons why Aeropostale lost its cool with shoppers

NEW YORK — Aeropostale Inc., once a popular mall destination for teens, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest victim in the fast-changing retail landscape.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Business Wire

Pasco company recalls frozen vegetables linked to listeria

SEATTLE — A Pasco company has expanded its recall of frozen vegetables linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people.One person from Maryland and one from Washington have died but health officials do not consider listeria to be the cause of death for either person.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Northwest

Minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel firms

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios.

Date: 04/29/2016 | Business Wire

Alaska could allow use of pot at licensed stores

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska could soon become the first state in the nation to allow on-site consumption of marijuana in some businesses that will sell pot.

Date: 04/27/2016 | Business Wire

Gas prices jump by 8 cents over past 2 weeks, averages $2.18

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average price of gasoline has jumped by 8 cents over the past three weeks to $2.18 a gallon for regular grade.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

Target’s Marimekko launch fails to ignite shopping frenzy

Target’s much anticipated exclusive, limited-time-only launch of the Marimekko Collection on Sunday did not spark the frenzied shopping of some of its past collections. On the bright side, the discounter didn’t have to deal with crashing websites and disappointed...

Date: 04/17/2016 | Business Wire

Shopping online is saving you less than you thought

You find lower prices online than at bricks-and-mortar stores, right? Wrong.Alberto Cavallo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology displayed resourcefulness and ingenuity by producing a wide-scale international comparison of online and offline prices at...

Date: 04/17/2016 | Commentary

Americans prefer low prices to ‘Made in the USA’

WASHINGTON — The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled “Made in the USA,” even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Business Wire

Pier 1 Imports reports lower profit, sales for 4th quarter

FORT WORTH, Texas — Pier 1 Imports reported lower profits for its fiscal fourth quarter on declining sales, but the results were better than earlier projected and executives said they’re making progress on turning the business around.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Business Wire

JCPenney to offer new brand for plus-size shoppers

The next time you visit JCPenney, you might notice some changes in its options for plus-sized shoppers: The department store announced this week that it is introducing its first in-house plus-size brand, dubbed Boutique+, that will aim to deliver trendy pieces for millennial shoppers. And JCPenney...

Date: 04/14/2016 | Business Wire

Jeff Bezos: Amazon is ‘the best place in the world to fail’

It may not be Warren Buffett's eagerly anticipated letter to shareholders, but chief executive Jeff Bezos's annual investor missive has become known for offering its own yearly insights into how he runs the online retail giant.Two...

Date: 04/07/2016 | Business Wire

Online sales in border town slows with weak Canadian dollar

BLAINE — Fewer Canadians appear to be ordering products online and having it shipped to Washington as the Canadian dollar weakens against the U.S. dollar.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Northwest

Hawaii lawmakers look to ban ivory

HONOLULU — Cheryl Konrad has spent the last 35 years educating visitors to her Lahaina, Hawaii, store about the centuries-old history of scrimshaw.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

Port means business

Waterfront work a precursor to attracting developers

Date: 03/25/2016 | Business

New wheels taking center stage

NEW YORK — From hot-selling SUVs to cool new small cars to electric vehicles and hybrids, the 2016 New York International Auto Show features a diverse lineup of new vehicles. The show officially opens to the public Friday. About 1,000 vehicles will be on display. Here are some of the buzz-worthy...

Date: 03/23/2016 | Business Wire

L.L. Bean reports flat sales in tough year for retailers

FREEPORT, Maine — Outdoors specialty retailer L.L. Bean on Friday reported flat sales in 2015, which was a tough year for the retail industry, especially clothing retailers, officials said Friday.

Date: 03/19/2016 | Business Wire

Amid stalemate, General Mills will label GMO products

General Mills decided it’s waited long enough for Congress to act on GMOs.The food giant, which makes Cheerios and Lucky Charms cereal, will start citing genetically modified organisms on its products across the U.S. in coming weeks after a bid to create a national standard died in the Senate.

Date: 03/18/2016 | Business Wire

Ikea recall 3 models of lamps over electric shock risk

HELSINKI — Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is recalling three models of table and floor lamps because they could cause electric shocks to users.

Date: 03/17/2016 | Business Wire

State tests find toxic metals in some children’s jewelry

OLYMPIA — State regulators have tested dozens of children’s jewelry pieces and found high levels of cadmium and lead in five necklaces sold with girls’ dresses.

Date: 03/15/2016 | Northwest

Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 phones can take a dunking

Klutzes of the world should rejoice Friday, as Samsung officially starts sales of its new water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The phones, which the company first unveiled last month, are now widely available in all their dunkable glory.The latest...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Business Wire

Albertsons reportedly to buy remaining Haggen grocery stores

BELLINGHAM — Albertsons is in talks to purchase the remaining 30-plus Haggen grocery stores in Washington and Oregon, according to multiple reports.

Date: 03/10/2016 | Business

Haggen grocery core stores could be sold to Albertsons

BELLINGHAM — The union that represents Haggen employees says government regulators have approved a potential deal for Albertsons to buy the remaining Haggen grocery stores.The Bellingham Herald reported that Haggen didn’t have a comment on the union statement.

Date: 03/09/2016 | Business Wire

Walmart to give 1,800 workers in Snohomish County pay raises

Nearly 1,800 Walmart workers in Snohomish County will be getting pay raises later this week.The retail giant is increasing most of its associates’ pay to $10 an hour starting with Thursday’s paycheck.

Date: 03/07/2016 | Business

Strong U.S. job growth helps dispel recession fears

WASHINGTON — A robust February jobs report showcased a resilient U.S. economy just as fears of a new recession had begun to surface.

Date: 03/04/2016 | Business Wire

Costco shares slip after reporting a drop in profit

NEW YORK — Costco’s stock slipped Thursday, a day after the warehouse club operator said its fiscal second-quarter profit fell nearly 9 percent as costs rose.

Date: 03/03/2016 | Business Wire

Kroger reports record profits, thousands of jobs created

CINCINNATI — The nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer released record annual profits Thursday, while also noting it created 9,000 jobs last year across its 35-state footprint.

Date: 03/03/2016 | Business Wire

Sports Authority files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK — Sports Authority is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Date: 03/03/2016 | Business Wire

Sports Authority could close stores if no buyer found

Sports Authority Inc. plans to close its stores, including three in Snohomish County, if the struggling retailer can’t find a buyer in the coming weeks, according to news reports.The Colorado-based company has 15 stores in Washington, including in Lynnwood, Everett and Lake Stevens.

Date: 03/01/2016 | Business

State AG seeks ruling in GMO food labeling case

OLYMPIA — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking a judge to find that an Iowa-based group violated state campaign disclosure laws as it backed a 2013 food labeling initiative.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Northwest

Consumer spending has biggest increase in eight months

WASHINGTON — Consumers ramped up their spending in January at the fastest pace in eight months as incomes also continued to grow at a strong pace in a sign economic growth is improving after slowing at the end of last year.Inflation also picked up last month, which...

Date: 02/27/2016 | Business Wire

J.C. Penney shares rise after upbeat revenue outlook

NEW YORK — Beware the underdog.J.C. Penney Co. delivered strong fourth-quarter results, wrapping up a year when it stole market share from rivals.

Date: 02/27/2016 | Business Wire

Caitlyn Jenner partners with MAC on trans lipstick

Caitlyn Jenner is partnering with MAC Cosmetics on a limited-edition lipstick she helped create to benefit the company’s effort to improve the lives of transgender people.

Date: 02/26/2016 | Business Wire

Kohl’s to close 18 underperforming stores

MILWAUKEE - Kohl's Corp. will close 18 stores this year as the Milwaukee-area company seeks to cut costs and find the proper balance between its extensive brick-and-mortar presence and its increasingly important online business.The as-yet-undisclosed stores to be shuttered...

Date: 02/26/2016 | Business Wire

U.S. is running short of new ideas, economist argues

It's a dreary thought.America's most innovative days are gone. A lack of truly groundbreaking inventions has imposed a long-term drag on economic growth — and with it the prospect of meaningful pay raises for most of us.That, at least, is the argument put...

Date: 02/25/2016 | Business Wire

Sears laying off 250 in administrative offices

CHICAGO — The parent of struggling retailers Sears and Kmart said Thursday it eliminated 250 positions after posting fourth-quarter losses following a dismal holiday shopping season.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Business Wire

Target reports surge in online sales

Big-box behemoth Target saw a strong surge in online sales in the most recent quarter, the company reported Wednesday, a sign that it is perhaps gaining momentum in its ambitious attempt to establish itself as a more serious player in e-commerce.Digital sales at Target shot...

Date: 02/25/2016 | Business Wire

Another delay for bankruptcy auction of 33 Haggen grocery stores

An auction for the 33 remaining Haggen stores in the Pacific Northwest has been postponed again.

Date: 02/19/2016 | Business

State seeks fines against grocery group in 2013 ballot fight

OLYMPIA — A lawyer for Washington state has asked a judge to penalize a food industry group, alleging it concealed the source of $11 million in campaign contributions to oppose a 2013 food labeling initiative.

Date: 02/19/2016 | Northwest

Nordstrom misses forecasts for profit and sales

SEATTLE — Nordstrom Inc. shares slumped in extended trading Thursday after the retailer reported disappointing results for the holiday season.

Date: 02/18/2016 | Business Wire

Main Street prospers as Wall Street struggles

NEW YORK — Wall Street is hurting, and Main Street doesn’t care. It’s got burgers and cars to buy.

Date: 02/13/2016 | Business Wire

American retail sales top estimates

Consumers indulged in more retail sales than expected in January, a positive sign for retailers after a disappointing holiday season.Last month's sales climbed 0.2 percent to $449.9 billion from December, the Commerce Department said Friday. Wall Street analysts had...

Date: 02/13/2016 | Business Wire

Sears analyst says company isn’t viable

Sears Holdings Corp., the department-store chain run by hedge-fund magnate Eddie Lampert, plunged as much as 8.9 percent after an analyst warned that the company is no longer “viable as a retailer in its current form.”

Date: 02/09/2016 | Business Wire

Many optimistic despite slower U.S. job growth

WASHINGTON — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.Yet once you take a fuller view, a brighter picture of the...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Business Wire

Home Depot to hire more than 80,000

NEW YORK — Home Depot is on a hiring spree.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Business Wire

U.S. consumer spending flat, savings rate at 3-year high

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers kept their spending flat in December and instead boosted their savings rate to the highest level in three years.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Business

3 generations, 75 years

Bob and Cory Long carry on the legacy at Judd & Black

Date: 01/27/2016 | Business

Wal-Mart to give pay raises to most workers

NEW YORK — The vast majority of Wal-Mart’s U.S. employees will get raises as part of the world’s largest retailer’s previously announced commitment to invest in its workforce as it faces pressure from labor-backed groups and seeks to retain workers in a tighter labor force.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire

Walmart to shutter 269 stores, 154 of them in the USA

NEW YORK — Walmart is doing some rare pruning.The world’s largest retailer is closing 269 stores, including 154 in the U.S. that includes all of its locations under its smallest-format concept store called Walmart Express. The other big chunk is in its challenging Brazilian market.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Business

Tesla software update allows self-parking, limits speed

DETROIT — Some Tesla Motors vehicles can park themselves without a driver inside with a software update beamed to customers over the weekend.

Date: 01/11/2016 | Nation & World

Gas prices fall a penny over 3 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average price of gasoline has dropped a penny over the past three weeks, to $2.05 a gallon.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that with the slight decline the price remains the lowest since 2009.

Date: 01/10/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. wholesale businesses cut stockpiles 0.3 percent

WASHINGTON — U.S. wholesale businesses trimmed their stockpiles for the second straight month in November, while their sales plunged by the largest amount in 10 months.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Business Wire

Toys R Us holds its own against online holiday competition

NEW YORK — Toys R Us reported stronger holiday sales despite intense competition from online retailers such as

Date: 01/09/2016 | Business Wire

Seattle gun store owner moving because of new tax

SEATTLE — The owner of one of Seattle’s few gun stores says he’s moving his business to avoid paying a new tax.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest

$2 gasoline not jump-starting economy

WASHINGTON — If low oil prices are a gift to U.S. consumers, why isn't the U.S. economy growing faster?After all, cheap crude pumps money into consumers' pockets much the same way a tax cut would. The drop in oil prices this year has been like a $290 billion tax cut,...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Business Wire

Holiday spending increases by 7.9% percent

NEW YORK — Americans spent more on items like furniture during the holidays this year, with online shopping in particular seeing a big spike, according to a report released Monday.Overall spending rose 7.9 percent from a year ago, according to the MasterCard...

Date: 12/29/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon reportedly eyes air cargo business in Europe

SEATTLE — may be considering expanding air cargo operations in Europe as well as the United States, according to a report in London's Evening Standard newspaper.The paper reports that the online retail giant "has...

Date: 12/28/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon shipping, Christmas Eve deliveries set record

TRENTON, N.J. — Online retailer Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of more consumers doing their holiday shopping online and procrastinating.

Date: 12/28/2015 | Business Wire

What is Boxing Day and how did it get its name?

LONDON — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:NO NEED FOR BOXING GLOVES

Date: 12/26/2015 | Business Wire

Have sales of gift cards peaked?

As last-minute shoppers scramble to find Christmas presents, many will choose a reliable standby: the gift card.Nearly three out of four Americans are expected to buy the cards this holiday season, with overall gift-card sales totaling $26 billion, according to the National...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Business Wire

Retailers cut shipping fees to counter weak sales

NEW YORK — Stung by a spending slowdown, more retailers are offering free online shipping, giving consumers a holiday gift but cutting into profits.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire

More than buyer must beware

Whether out of convenience, habit, a sense of loyalty or a combination of those, most of us do our grocery shopping at the same one or two stores and even have our favorite checkers there.For many, that was thrown into turmoil this year with Haggen's failed acquisition of...

Date: 12/15/2015 | Editorials

Retails sales rise in November as shopping picks up

WASHINGTON — Holiday shoppers are off to a solid but unspectacular start as retail sales registered a modest gain in November.The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent to $448 billion last month. This marks an...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Business Wire

Men’s Wearhouse struggles continue, stock tumbles

NEW YORK — Men’s Wearhouse’s is struggling as it tries to figure out the best strategy for its business since buying rival Jos. A. Bank.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. adds 211,000 jobs in November; Dow soars

WASHINGTON — If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it on Friday.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Business Wire

Sears narrows loss, but sales still slump in 3rd quarter

CHICAGO — The parent of struggling retailers Sears and Kmart reported third-quarter 2015 results Thursday that showed it narrowing its losses despite a nearly 20 percent drop in sales.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Business Wire

Outdoor sporting goods chain Cabela’s may be hunting for a buyer

OMAHA, Neb. — Cabela's, the outdoor sporting goods chain known for its elaborate in-store wildlife displays, may be seeking a buyer.The retailer has been under pressure since late October when the investment firm Elliott Management started pushing for money-generating...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Business Wire

Target discounts bring success, some headaches

NEW YORK — Target Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell has gotten more aggressive with holiday discounts during his second year of a turnaround effort, a strategy that is undercutting some rivals on price while also bringing headaches.

Date: 12/02/2015 | Business Wire

Tommie Copper to pay for infomercial claims

Tommie Copper infomercials said the company's compression clothing would relieve severe and chronic pain and inflammation.The Federal Trade Commission, however, said Tuesday that Tommie Copper, whose products have been pitched by talk show host Montel Williams, needs...

Date: 12/01/2015 | Business Wire

Could malls lose their stores to downtowns?

First there was "Black Friday." Then there was "Cyber Monday." The holiday shopping markers plod through the calendar like a procession of Groundhog Days. The big difference is that Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog sometimes offers surprise. Will he see his shadow...

Date: 12/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kitsap artist’s shirt designs worn by Carrot Top

KITSAP — On a trip to Vegas eight years ago, Eric Orn went to see Carrot Top.The Central Kitsap screen-printer and artist made his own T-shirt to wear to the show, depicting the comedian on a gambling chip.He was stopped by security before he got in the door.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Northwest

Black Friday begins to fizzle out

NEW YORK — The annual ritual of Black Friday, as we know it, is over.Gone are the throngs of frenzied shoppers camping out for days ahead of the big sales bonanza on the day after Thanksgiving. And forget the fisticuffs over flat-screen TVs.

Date: 11/27/2015 | Business Wire

States boost REI's Black Friday 'OptOutside' plan

Exactly one month ago, outdoor retailer REI announced its campaign to get its employees and customers outside for the day. And a number of states jumped on board.All 143 REI stores are closed for the day, though its 12,000 employees are still being paid, according to the...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Business Wire

It's holiday shopping time

Retailers are pushing sales earlier

Date: 11/27/2015 | Business

Reasons to shop on Saturday

Despite announcements by several retailers that are bucking the trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving for the start of the holiday shopping season, including REI, Nordstrom and Costco, it can seem like a losing battle when Macy's, Sears, Target, Walmart and other major retailers no...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Editorials

Agency: 19 people ill in E. coli outbreak tied to Costco

SEATTLE — Nineteen people in seven states, including Montana, Utah and Colorado, have contracted E. coli in an outbreak linked to chicken salad bought at Costco, federal health officials said Tuesday.

Date: 11/24/2015 | Northwest

U.S. economy outperforms 3rd quarter estimates

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace over the summer than initially estimated, a positive sign that could help convince Federal Reserve policymakers to raise a key interest rate next month.

Date: 11/24/2015 | Business Wire

Amish man runs marathon in traditional garb

HARRISBURG, Pa. — An Amish man turned heads as he whizzed by fellow runners at a recent marathon — not because of his speed but because of his unusual racing attire.Leroy Stolzfus, 22, finished the 26.2-mile Harrisburg Marathon on Nov. 8 in just over three hours...

Date: 11/21/2015 | Nation & World

What’s the best day to shop for gifts online?

The holiday shopping season is about to begin in full force. But you may not want to wait until Black Friday to start hunting for deals — especially if you’re shopping online.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Business Wire

Dinosaur claws join annual list of dangerous toys

BOSTON — Dinosaur claws inspired by the movie “Jurassic World” and a quick-folding trampoline are among the items on a consumer watchdog group’s annual list of hazardous toys released Wednesday.

Date: 11/18/2015 | Business Wire

VW owners, think twice before accepting that $500 check offer

Judy Sexton took a road trip in September. On her three-day drive to Nebraska, fuel costs were no problem. Her 2014 diesel Volkswagen Jetta gets more than 40 miles per gallon.

Date: 11/15/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

J.C. Penney sales up 6.4% but its stock plunges

PLANO, Texas — J.C. Penny reported stronger-than-expected sales for the third-quarter, but the department store operator's failure to raise its forecast for the year appeared to add to worries that upcoming holiday shopping season could turn out to be a dud for retailers.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Business Wire

Three takeaways from sizzling U.S. jobs report

WASHINGTON — Employers shrugged off worries about the U.S. economy downshifting, adding a whopping 271,000 non-farm jobs in October and raising worker pay in the process.The unemployment rate in October dipped slightly to 5 percent, and measures of stress in the job...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon opens 1st brick-and-mortar bookstore at U Village

SEATTLE — Online retail giant Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore on Tuesday, two decades after it began selling books over the Internet and helped drive a number of shops out of business.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Business Wire

Holiday spending: Consumers to fill kids' closets, update homes

What hasn't changed: the American consumer swinging into action during the holiday season. What has: the things we're opening our wallets to buy. (Hint: It's not just gifts.)While shoppers say they plan to spend 12.5 percent more this holiday season, they say they plan to...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Business Wire

Why the REI co-op can skip Black Friday

Jena McGregorThe Washington Post

Date: 10/29/2015 | Business Wire

REI bucks Black Friday shopping, will close stores that day

KENT — Outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment, Inc., known as REI, has announced it will buck Black Friday and close its 143 stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Business Wire

J. Crew ends on-call scheduling for U.S. workers

ALBANY, N.Y. — J. Crew has agreed to end on-call scheduling at stores nationwide, after similar moves by several other major retailers, New York’s attorney general said Friday.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Business Wire

Thomas Stemberg, founder of Staples superstore, dies

BOSTON — A former grocery business executive who founded Staples Inc. and revolutionized the office supplies retail business has died in Massachusetts. Thomas Stemberg was 66.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Business Wire

Best Buy to drop all shipping charges starting Sunday

NEW YORK — Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronic chain, will drop all restrictions for free shipping for the holiday season, underscoring big changes in what customers have come to expect when they shop.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Business Wire

Retailers work to speed up holiday deliveries

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Christmas won't come early this year, but the gifts might.Just in time for the winter holiday shopping season, Amazon, Macy's, Wal-Mart and other retailers are working behind the scenes to make sure they can deliver online orders to shoppers faster.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Business Wire

Apple Pay will expand to Starbucks, KFC, Chili’s

Soon, Starbucks lattes and KFC fried chicken will just be a tap away with Apple Pay.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Business Wire

Oregon sells $11 million in marijuana in 5 days

SALEM, Ore. — Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon’s first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire

Trade groups forecast strong holiday sales season

Retailers are in for a strong, yet competitive holiday season, according to two forecasts Thursday.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire

Sleep Country changes name, retires earworm jingle

If you've spent any time in the Northwest, you've probably had this jingle stuck in your head:"Sleep Country U-S-A! Why buy a mattress anywhere else?"Well, the jingle is being retired.Sleep Country USA, which bills itself as the...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business

Wal-Mart cuts HQ 'to become a more agile company'

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart laid off 450 workers at its headquarters Friday as the world's largest retailer attempts to become more nimble so that it can better compete with the likes of are more than 18,000 people who work at the headquarters in Bentonville,...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business Wire

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