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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wal-Mart to boost pay for many workers

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Hoping to shed its reputation for offering little more than dead-end jobs, Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest private employer, is giving raises to nearly a half-million workers and offering what it says are more opportunities for advancement.Wal-Mart...

Date: 02/20/2015 | Business Wire

Nordstrom raises quarterly dividend

NEW YORK — High-end retailer Nordstrom said Friday it is raising its quarterly dividend 12 percent to 37 cents from 33 cents.Nordstrom Inc. said it will pay its next dividend March 13 to shareholders of record on Feb. 27.The Seattle-based company operates...

Date: 02/14/2015 | Business Wire

‘Fifty Shades’ likely to boost sex toy sales

LONDON — The Valentine’s Day debut of “Fifty Shades of Grey” is providing a boon to an industry that rarely benefits from a big-brand film franchise: sex toys.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Business Wire

RadioShack files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK — Struggling electronics retailer RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and says it will sell up to 2,400 stores.The Fort Worth, Texas company said Thursday that it was also having discussions to sell all of its remaining assets.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Business Wire

Costco sales flat during January

ISSAQUAH — Sales at comparable Costco stores were flat in January though industry analysts were expecting a slight uptick.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters predicted a 1.2 percent rise in sales at stores open at least a year.

Date: 02/04/2015 | Business Wire

Amazon profit up, shares surge reported profit for the holiday quarter that topped analysts' estimates, shrugging off the effects of heavy spending on fast delivery and original video programming to attract customers.The online retailer on Thursday posted a...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Business Wire

Fender’s direct sales irk music retailers

LOS ANGELES — Fender’s curvy Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jazz Basses have been must-have features of guitar shop walls for decades.

Date: 01/29/2015 | Business Wire

Solid hiring boosts confidence for 2015

WASHINGTON — A healthy month of hiring in December capped the best year for U.S. job growth since 1999, demonstrating that employers are more confident than they’ve been since the Great Recession began.

Date: 01/09/2015 | Business Wire

Holiday sales increase 4.6 percent

NEW YORK — A rebounding economy and big discounts fueled Americans to spend more briskly in stores than expected during the winter holiday shopping season.

Date: 01/08/2015 | Business Wire

Holiday shopping deliveries improve

NEW YORK — Christmas came on time this year for most people.After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance this holiday season.

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire

Online retail sales hit a record

SAN FRANCISCO — and other Web retailers sold more products than ever this holiday season, boosted by early promotions and investments in delivery systems that helped avoid the widespread shipping snags of last year.Online shopping is on pace to rise 16...

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire

U.S. economy surged in 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold that perhaps the world’s largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Business Wire

Drones are the hot new gift

Santa’s sleigh isn’t the only thing flying this holiday season.

Date: 12/25/2014 | Business Wire

Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

Associated PressFRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Business Wire

Shippers confront busiest season on record

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — The next week will be a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the Postal Service, the last connections to deliver many much-anticipated Christmas gifts. And there is no room for mistakes.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Business Wire

Haggen to acquire 146 stores from Safeway, Albertsons

BELLINGHAM — Bellingham-based Haggen will acquire 146 Safeway and Albertsons stores throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona, pending approval...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Business

Quick price changes confuse online shoppers

NEW YORK — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."A growing number of retailers are using software that...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Business Wire

Amazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan

PORTLAND, Ore. — launched a service Thursday that promises one-hour delivery of household products to its Prime customers in Manhattan.

Date: 12/18/2014 | Business Wire

County marijuana-business discussion to continue today

EVERETT — After a three-hour public hearing Tuesday evening, the Snohomish County Planning Commission decided to continue discussing* the input from marijuana-enterprise owners and neighbors who oppose pot operations.The commission will meet...

Date: 12/17/2014 | Local News

County hearing Tuesday on ways to regulate marijuana

EVERETT — Marijuana-enterprise owners are expected to plead for their businesses at a public hearing before the Snohomish County Planning Commission on Tuesday.Neighbors who oppose pot...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News

Retail sales up 5.1% in November

U.S. retail sales, fueled by motor vehicle sales, rose 5.1 percent in November from a year earlier, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.November sales were $449.3 billion, up 0.7 percent from October, the department said.

Date: 12/12/2014 | Business Wire

Teen-clothing retailers hit a slump

NEW YORK — Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season.The longtime CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch on Tuesday abruptly retired just a week after the retailer...

Date: 12/12/2014 | Business Wire

What does American’s new shopping attitude means for economy?

In 1916, Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia sponsored a children's parade with heralds, a brass band, Jack the Giant Killer, clowns, girls as snowflakes, boys as silver stars and Santa Claus transported by four Eskimos to his throne in the Royal Red Theater — every...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Sears reports loss of $548 million

CHICAGO — Sears touted improvements in its most recent quarter as it accelerated store closings, reduced inventory and shaved advertising costs, but losses continued to widen at the once-mighty department store chain and the market was not impressed.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Business Wire

Cyber Monday gears up to get online shoppers hyped

NEW YORK — After a busy holiday weekend in shopping malls, millions of Americans are expected to log on and keep shopping on the day dubbed Cyber Monday.

Date: 11/30/2014 | Business

Need to return it?

Policies at Target, Wal-Mart and other major retailers

Date: 11/30/2014 | Business

Oil plunge a threat, boon to global economies

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.

Date: 11/30/2014 | Nation & World

Thanksgiving sales bite into Black Friday

NEW YORK — The crowds of bargain hunters that rush through store doors the day after Thanksgiving have thinned out.

Date: 11/29/2014 | Nation & World

Obama supports ‘Small Business Saturday’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tried to draw attention to independently owned businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a day that is increasingly being marketed as one for deal-hungry consumers to remember to patronize these outlets while doing their holiday shopping.

Date: 11/29/2014 | Nation & World

Black Friday rules for retired Herald columnist

It’s been almost three years since Kristi O’Harran retired from The Herald, leaving readers without her hilarious takes on the finer things in life — Cheez...

Date: 11/28/2014 | Local News

Early bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK — Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition.

Date: 11/27/2014 | Business Wire

While scooping up the bargains, take precautions against thieves

EVERETT — For a few moments, think like a crook.Look in your car windows. Do you see electronics? Receipts and mail? Shopping bags?Car prowls always increase during the holidays, particularly at shopping centers, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said.

Date: 11/27/2014 | Local News

Barnes & Noble’s plans to bring back book sales

Instead of competing head on with Amazon this Black Friday, Barnes & Noble is looking to offer something that the online retailer can't. The bookstore announced this week that come this weekend, it will sell 500,000 signed copies of the latest works from 100 prominent authors.

Date: 11/26/2014 | Business Wire

‘Frozen’ bests Barbie as top toy for girls

Barbie, make room for Elsa.Disney’s “Frozen” has toppled Barbie as the No. 1 toy parents plan to buy for their little girls this holiday season, the first time in 11 years that Barbie has not held the top spot, according to the National Retail Federation’s top toys survey.

Date: 11/26/2014 | Business Wire

Protests planned at Walmart stores nationwide

EVERETT — Protests are planned this week at 64 Walmart stores in Washington, including several in Snohomish County, as part of an ongoing campaign for better working conditions at the giant retailer.

Date: 11/25/2014 | Bizblog

‘Black’ day for Thanksgiving

Here's how ridiculous this is: It's easier to list the major retailers that won't be open on Thanksgiving than it is to list those that will. Among the retailers allowing their workers the day off to share a meal in celebration are Costco, REI, Nordstom, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Pier 1...

Date: 11/25/2014 | Editorials

Best Buy sales surprise bodes well for holiday

NEW YORK — Best Buy's third-quarter sales gain is a positive sign for the electronics retailer as the holiday season kicks off.Both revenue and earnings per share beat expectations, and Best Buy stock rose almost 8 percent in midday trading.The two-month...

Date: 11/21/2014 | Business Wire

Consumer group lists ‘10 worst toys’

BOSTON — A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet and the "Catapencil" — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a...

Date: 11/20/2014 | Nation & World

Gas futures fall below $2 a gallon

NEW YORK — Drivers will have some extra money in their pockets this holiday season as gasoline futures tumbling below $2 a gallon mean lower prices at the pump.

Date: 11/14/2014 | Business Wire

Take cover in Edmonds

Loaner umbrellas are a hit for businesses, visitors

Date: 11/10/2014 | Business

Post office adds Sunday delivery for holidays

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will deliver packages on Sundays in major cities and high volume areas during the holiday season.

Date: 11/06/2014 | Business Wire

Some stores refuse to open on Thanksgiving

Not everyone thinks Gray Thursday is a great deal.Some retailers say opening on Thanksgiving is real a turkey of a trend and are refusing to participate.

Date: 11/06/2014 | Business Wire

Wal-Mart vows to lead on price during holidays

Halloween who?As the coffin slams shut on Halloween, Wal-Mart and other retailers are launching their holiday shopping deals almost a month before Black Friday, promising to be cheaper, earlier, easier and faster to cater to the ever more value- and convenience-focused customer.

Date: 11/01/2014 | Business Wire

Amazon opens logistics centers in Poland

WARSAW, Poland — Ahead of Christmas, U.S. online retailer Amazon has opened three logistics centers in western Poland, completing a network that covers the European market.A center employing some 2,500 workers opened on Wednesday in Sady, near Poznan. Two others,...

Date: 10/30/2014 | Business Wire

Spending for Halloween surges

WASHINGTON — Consumers may still be holding tight to their wallets after the recession, but there's at least one occasion that doesn't appear to have them spooked: Halloween.New data from the National Retail Federation show that consumers are spending more money on all...

Date: 10/29/2014 | Business Wire

Will Black Friday lose its edge?

Will this be the year when Black Friday is finally dethroned from being the biggest shopping day of the day?Bill Martin thinks so. The founder of ShopperTrak, a Chicago-based firm that measures store traffic, has become a guru of sorts when it comes predicting and measuring...

Date: 10/24/2014 | Business Wire

A blue Christmas for Amazon?

NEW YORK — It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.The world’s largest retailer gave a disappointing forecast for the crucial holiday quarter. The company also reported a wider loss than analysts expected for the third quarter.

Date: 10/24/2014 | Business Wire

Target offers free shipping for holidays

MINNEAPOLIS — Two months into the job, Target's new chief executive has already given the go-ahead to one of the retailer's key holiday strategies: free shipping.In an offer that started Wednesday, Target is offering free shipping...

Date: 10/22/2014 | Business Wire

Some fine finds at two new secondhand shops in Everett

Treasure hunters, there is bounty at two recently opened Everett shops. With antique and artsy furniture, upscale displays and other unique finds, the stores defy stereotypes sometimes associated with secondhand merchandise. Both shops also support major local nonprofits.

Date: 10/22/2014 | Local News

44% of holiday shopping will be online

NEW YORK — U.S. consumers may do more of their spending online than ever before this holiday season, adding pressure on shopping malls already struggling to lure traffic.Forty-four percent of the average consumer's shopping will be on the Web, compared with about 40...

Date: 10/16/2014 | Business Wire

At least 41 cities have banned recreational marijuana shops

When Snohomish City Council members voted to ban recreational marijuana businesses in the city, they joined a growing rebellion against the state's newest industry.Elected leaders of at least 41 cities, including six in Snohomish County, and three counties have enacted...

Date: 10/16/2014 | Local News

Retail sales fall more than forecast in September

WASHINGTON — Retail sales dropped more than forecast in September, reflecting a broad-based pullback that signaled consumers took a breather.

Date: 10/16/2014 | Business Wire

Totally focused

Digital video retailer keeps pace with technology

Date: 10/15/2014 | Business

Will Amazon open brick-and-mortar store?

The line is getting even more blurry between online retailing and physical shopping:, the e-commerce giant that has put fear in the hearts of brick-and-mortar retailers, appears to be going old-school this holiday season and reportedly...

Date: 10/09/2014 | Business Wire

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