DES MOINES, Iowa — In a city where cranes and construction barriers mark a surge in new downtown apartments, hotels and offices, the sidewalks in Des Moines’ core can be strangely quiet.
Date: 06/21/2016 | Business Wire
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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