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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

J.C. Penney slashes U.S. pension obligations 35%

J.C. Penney Co. reached a deal with about 12,000 retirees and beneficiaries to accept a lump-sum payment and settle pension obligations, helping reduce the amount that the department-store chain will have to pay by as much as 35 percent.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business Wire

Oregon begins recreational marijuana sales

PORTLAND, Ore. — Excited shoppers looking to score some of the first recreational marijuana sold legally in Oregon bought up baggies of bud early Thursday, taking advantage of door-buster prices and other deals.Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business Wire

Parties, discounts to mark start of pot sales in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Discounts on pot, free food for folks with the munchies and live music will usher in a historic day for Oregon and for marijuana advocates across the country on Thursday, as recreational sales of the drug that is still illegal under federal law begin in the state.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Haggen asks for permission to close more stores

SEATTLE — Grocery store chain Haggen has asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close 100 stores, which could result in more than 5,000 jobs lost in the Southwest alone.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest

Holiday sales growth seen slowing as pay stays stagnant

NEW YORK — Retail sales may increase as much as 4 percent this holiday season, less than last year’s gain, as shoppers’ wages remain stagnant, according to Deloitte LLP.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

Critics of Cascade Locks bottled water plant in Oregon aim for ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP)— Critics of a plan to build a bottled water plant in Cascade Locks said Monday that they hope to take their case to the voters of Hood River County.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

Renton IKEA starts construction on larger store at same site

RENTON — Demolition of the parking garage at the Renton IKEA store began Thursday morning to make way for a new, larger store.A pair of excavators began tearing down the 365,000-square-foot structure in front of a small crowd that gathered to watch the store’s iconic blue walls fall.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Business

Portland State University gets $3.5M to study e-cigarettes

PORTLAND, Ore. — Chemists at Portland State University have been granted $3.5 million in federal funding to study the potential dangers of e-cigarettes.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Northwest

Survey: U.S. gasoline price drops 27 cents over 3 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The U.S. average price of gasoline dropped 27 cents over the past three weeks, to $2.44 a gallon.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the pump price fell even though crude oil prices gained strength, as gasoline supply outweighed demand.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

E-commerce invades old-school mattress business

Even as online shopping has exploded, the process of buying a mattress has remained remarkably — even stubbornly — consistent: Trek to a department store or a strip-mall shop. Have a salesperson rattle off their big holiday-weekend deals. Lie on a few mattresses for a minute...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Business Wire

Heineken taking 50 percent stake in craft brewer Lagunitas

NEW YORK — Heineken is taking a 50 percent stake in California brewer Lagunitas, giving the Dutch brewer access to the growing craft beer market.Lagunitas Craft Brewing Co. is the fifth-largest craft brewer in the U.S. by volume. Its beers include Lagunitas IPA, Hop Stoopid and Maximus.

Date: 09/09/2015 | Business Wire

Tiffany triumphs in Costco dispute

A federal court says Costco violated federal trademark laws when it sold engagement rings labeled “Tiffany” that were not those of Tiffany & Co.High-end retailer Tiffany & Co. sued Costco in 2013 over the matter.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Business Wire

Macy’s says it will close 35 to 40 stores in early 2016

NEW YORK — Macy’s says it will close 35 to 40 stores in early 2016, or as much as 5 percent of its namesake stores.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Business Wire

Peak barbecue? Those days are behind us

If you're planning to fire up your grill in the backyard on Labor Day weekend, spare a moment to consider that you're partaking in a tradition in slow decline.While two-thirds of U.S. households will likely barbecue outdoors over the next three days, according to market...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Business Wire

Lululemon: Should yoga pants hug you?

Lululemon customers will soon face a potentially awkward question when choosing workout pants: Do you want to feel “hugged” or merely “held-in”?

Date: 09/02/2015 | Business Wire

Canada retail sales gain signals growth in GDP

OTTAWA — Canadian retail sales rose faster than economists forecast in June, a sign the economy grew that month for the first time this year.

Date: 08/22/2015 | Business Wire

Gap’s earnings meet analysts’ estimates

Gap Inc., the largest apparel-focused retailer in the United States, reported second-quarter profit that met analysts’ estimates as the company revamps its flagship brand.

Date: 08/22/2015 | Business Wire

Providence partners with Walgreens on in-store clinics

CHICAGO — Walgreens is teaming up with a large hospital network for the first time to open a handful of new in-store clinics, as the drugstore chain looks for a more cost-effective and collaborative approach to expand its health care services.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Business Wire

Is it really that hard to work at Amazon?

Silicon Valley wasted no time in reacting to a New York Times article on what it's like to work at Amazon. The story featured depictions of people pushed to extremes, staff crying at desks and "redrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable."The Seattle-based...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Business Wire

LED lightbulb savings outshine solar and wind power

Utility and power grid managers in the United States are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs.The nation's largest grid, serving more than 61 million customers from Washington to Chicago, is...

Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire

J.C. Penney narrows loss, tops expectations

DALLAS — J.C. Penney reported a better second quarter than analysts expected, narrowing its loss and posting a 4.1 percent same-store sales increase. Its stock traded higher after an upbeat conference call with analysts Friday morning to review results.

Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire

Rite Aid stores will now accept Apple Pay

SAN FRANCISCO — Rite Aid stores will start accepting Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, later this month after initially shunning the service in favor of a rival system.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire

Shopping seasons off kilter

Halloween decorations are now appearing in a store near you. (It's not an apparition.) It must be early August. Of course, all items related to summer — from outdoor furniture to swimsuits — were gone from store shelves in early July. Our weird consumer society dictates this...

Date: 08/10/2015 | Editorials

Expansion of gun sale background checks in Oregon takes effect Sunday

PORTLAND, Ore. — The new Oregon law requiring background checks for private gun transactions will take effect Sunday amid plenty of uncertainty.Nobody really knows how many private sales occur in Oregon and there is heated debate about whether the new law will be widely ignored or not.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

Salmonella outbreak that may be tied to pork grows

SEATTLE — The state Department of Health says the number of Salmonella cases that may be tied to pork products has grown in Washington, with at least 90 people reported to have gotten sick.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest

Procter & Gamble sales dip on softer volume

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble's sales fell for the sixth straight quarter as the world's bigger consumer goods company was weighed down by softer sales volume and unfavorable currency exchange rates.The maker of products including Tide, Pampers and Charmin said...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire

Safeway closure leaves no anchor store at Mill Creek shopping center

MILL CREEK — The shelves of the Safeway here are mostly bare as the grocer gets ready to close the store for good Saturday.Safeway spokeswoman Tairsa Worman said the store at 13314 Bothell-Everett Highway is shutting down because it wasn't as profitable as other...

Date: 07/25/2015 | Local News

After 2 deaths, including Snohomish boy, warnings about Ikea dressers

NEW YORK — After Ikea chests tipped over and fatally injured two boys, including a boy from Snohomish, safety regulators say consumers should stop using Ikea's dressers and chests for children unless the products are mounted to a wall.The Swedish furniture giant is...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Northwest

Bratwurst battle brewing in federal court in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — Two Wisconsin sausage companies are battling in court over who can use the term “backyard brat.”

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire

Rocker Neil Young offers support to Vermont food label law

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Rocker Neil Young is lending his support to the state’s efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire

Wal-Mart helped push manufacturing overseas. Now it wants to reverse that

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - The group cheer at Wal-Mart's third annual U.S. manufacturing summit - convened to find more American-made products - was greeted with a voice from another era."Almost anything can be made by Americans, in this country, and be done...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon calls Prime Day a hit; some customers grumble said it sold more products during its Prime Day event Wednesday than on last year’s Black Friday, a sign the promotion was a success despite complaints that the deals were subpar.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

Families plan to spend less on back-to-school purchases

Another survey on back-to-school shopping is out — this time showing that parents plan to trim spending this year compared to last.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon takes heat for ‘lame’ deals on ‘Prime Day’

It was billed as Black Friday in July, but some customers are saying the discounts offered for Inc.’s Prime Day are more like yard sale finds.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Business Wire

Milk supplies overwhelm U.S. dairies

CHICAGO — There’s so much milk flowing out of U.S. cows these days that some is ending up in dirt pits because dairies can’t find buyers.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire

Costco confirms Lynnwood store opening in August

LYNNWOOD — Costco says that the new store here is set to open in August.The company has declined to answer questions from media, but on its website the Lynnwood location now is listed among planned openings.The store is being built at the old high school site north of Alderwood mall.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business

U.S. gasoline prices rise 3 cents to $2.87 a gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. — U.S. gasoline prices have risen again but at a slower pace.The average price of regular jumped 3 cents a gallon in the past two weeks to $2.87 a gallon.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Target boosts dividend, doubles share buybacks

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is increasing its dividend by 7.7 percent and doubling its share buyback program from $5 billion to $10 billion. The quarterly dividend will rise to 56 cents per share, up from 52 cents."Given our outlook for capital expenditures and...

Date: 06/11/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. gas prices rise 4 cents a gallon; big hikes may be ending

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average price of gasoline has increased 4 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.84 a gallon.Still, that’s a tiny increase compared to the 35-cent jump recorded over the previous five weeks.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

Amazon rolls out free same-day delivery

In another blow to bricks-and-mortar retail stores, is launching free same-day delivery for Prime members in 14 metropolitan areas.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire

Tiny beads a persistent threat

Most of us give little thought to what we wash down the drain each morning after scrubbing our faces and brushing our teeth, but some of it — specifically tiny bits of plastic called microbeads — hangs out in streams, lakes and seas and finds its way into the food chain.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Editorials

Gap doesn’t top profit estimates

Gap Inc. failed to top analysts' quarterly profit estimates for the first time in almost eight years, a sign its namesake brand remains mired in a slump.Earnings declined to 56 cents a share, the San Francisco company said Thursday. Though that matched analysts' predictions,...

Date: 05/23/2015 | Business Wire

Smartphone, TV sales propel Best Buy profit

MINNEAPOLIS — Strong sales of TVs, appliances and smartphones drove Best Buy Co. to better-than-expected results in its first quarter, offsetting slower sales of computers and tablets.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire

Oso General Store in danger of closing

OSO — The owner of the Oso General Store is struggling to keep her business afloat just three months after opening.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Business Wire

Target tops Wal-Mart in race for turnaround

NEW YORK — Target is beating Wal-Mart in the race to beef up sales.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Business Wire

How County Market landed in Lake Stevens

LAKE STEVENS — It's a new brand of supermarket for Snohomish County, one that is entrenched in the Midwest and the South.County Market opened May 1, taking over for Albertsons at 303 91st Ave. NE, No. F. County Market kept all of Albertsons' employees, more than 70 in...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Business

Producer prices fall in April; food, energy costs dip

WASHINGTON — A sharp drop in the cost of gasoline and food pushed down overall U.S. producer prices in April.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Business Wire

Retailers try virtual reality to lure shoppers back to stores

John Goodwin has never been sky diving before.

Date: 05/11/2015 | Nation & World

Everett's upscale trend

Potala Place will feature year-round farmers market

Date: 05/03/2015 | Business

U.S. consumer sentiment rises on optimism over job market

WASHINGTON — Optimism about the job market lifted U.S. consumer sentiment in April to its second-highest level since 2007.

Date: 05/02/2015 | Business Wire

Small, midsize SUVs drive April US auto sales gains

DETROIT — In April of 2014, the compact Chevrolet Cruze outsold the Equinox midsize SUV by more than a thousand vehicles. A year later, the Equinox trounced the Cruze by nearly 8,000 in sales.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Business Wire

Clothes for girls who love science

It's a cute pink shirt — and it has a spaceship on it.Sure, girls like kitties and princesses, but they also like rockets, trains and dinosaurs.Two Shoreline moms, Jennifer Muhm and Malorie Catchpole (wife of Herald reporter Dan Catchpole), had a hard time...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Life

Frederick’s of Hollywood closes retail stores

LOS ANGELES — Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc., a Los Angeles lingerie brand that struggled to compete with rival Victoria’s Secret, has closed all of its stores and will do business only online.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Business Wire

House bill would have voters decide on city marijuana bans

There's a good chance marijuana will be in front of voters again this fall.This time, though, the decision will be whether to keep the industry out, not whether to let it in.A bill passed by the...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

County Council defers decision on marijuana — again

After listening to more than two hours of public testimony about proposed amendments to the rules for marijuana enterprises, the Snohomish County Council on Wednesday decided again to...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Local News

Wholesale stockpiles edge up in February

WASHINGTON — U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in February, while sales kept falling.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Business Wire

Walgreens to close about 200 U.S. stores

Walgreens will shutter about 200 U.S. stores as part of an expanded cost reduction push, but the nation’s largest drugstore chain has no plans to shrink in the wake of its combination with European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon puts the heat on small businesses

BALTIMORE — Sandy Piper's family has been merchants in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood for more than 40 years, but when she retires someday, she's not sure there will be a business left.Expenses have increased, customers aren't spending more and online shopping has...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Business Wire

Stanwood food processor linked to spinach recall

STANWOOD — A national recall of frozen spinach packaged at Twin City Foods here now involves a brand sold in Washington — Wild Harvest.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News

Feds to probe safety of China-made Lumber Liquidators flooring

RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the safety Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring made in China.Chairman Elliot S. Kaye said Wednesday the agency is taking the issue seriously and is working to get answers for consumers.

Date: 03/25/2015 | Business Wire

Target hacking victims could get $10,000 each

Target has proposed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its massive 2013 data breach, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Date: 03/19/2015 | Business Wire

2014 music sales ‘essentially flat’ in U.S.

NEW YORK — A new report from the Recording Industry Association of America said that the U.S. retail music business was "essentially flat" in 2014 as streaming revenue grew while physical shipment revenue declined.Overall, retail revenue declined about half...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Business Wire

Target Canada announces store closures

TORONTO — Target said it will shut 16 stores across Canada next week, the first wave of store closures that will eliminate 17,000 jobs when all Target Canada stores are closed.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Business Wire

L.L. Bean avoids megastores in retail push

FREEPORT, Maine — L.L. Bean is preparing for the largest number of store openings in the company’s history, but they won’t be megastores along the lines of Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Business Wire

Needy seniors can get free fresh produce

With farmers market season almost here, it's time for low-income seniors to apply for a popular program that provides $40 in checks to help buy fresh produce.Demand for assistance exceeds the amount of money available for the Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program, which...

Date: 03/11/2015 | Local News

Bellingham bookstore up for top award

The five finalists hoping to be named Bookstore of the Year look like impossibly unequal competitors. Located in big cities and small towns from Florida to Washington state, some of them are multi-store giants, while others are little sanctuaries.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Life

Costco revenue short of analyst estimates

ISSAQUAH — Costco's second-quarter profit easily topped Wall Street estimates thanks in part to a tax bump from the payout of a special dividend last month.Investors appeared to overlook a light revenue number, sending shares up 3 percent before Thursday's opening...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Business Wire

Distilleries want a break

Lower taxes could give craft liquor businesses a boost

Date: 03/05/2015 | Business

County Council buys more time on marijuana businesses

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday decided to extend a moratorium on marijuana businesses in certain rural areas after hearing more than two hours of testimony from people in the newly legal...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Local News

Sears loss narrows but sales slide

Sears recorded its fourth straight year of falling profit and revenue, though cost cutting and store closures narrowed those declines in the fourth-quarter.

Date: 02/27/2015 | Business Wire

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls to boost worker pay

TJX Cos., the owner of discount retailers T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, is raising its worker pay to at least $9 an hour this year, a sign that the retail industry is responding to a similar wage hike announced last week by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Date: 02/26/2015 | Business Wire

Is Target in early stages of turnaround?

Target on Wednesday released stronger-than-expected earnings results for the holiday quarter, more evidence that the big-box retailer has begun a turnaround after a challenging year in which it had to rebuild consumers’ trust after a major data breach.

Date: 02/26/2015 | Business Wire

Target slices free-shipping minimum in half to $25

NEW YORK — Target has sliced its minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25 as the Internet becomes a bigger and bigger sales hub for retailers.

Date: 02/23/2015 | Business

Get your fill of gas deals

Prices are rising after steady declines, but they’ll still be low

Date: 02/20/2015 | Business

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