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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

Everett party store goes political during election season

Hug Bernie like a tree. Mingle with Hillary. Touch The Donald's hair.What's up with that?It's one big political party at this Everett party store with life-size cutouts of the top three presidential wannabes."Ted Cruz has not been asked...

Date: 05/03/2016 | Whats Up With That?

Find treasure at the Vintage Fair

Get funky.Or mid-century modern. Indulge yourself in Hollywood regency, French provincial or razzling retro.The Downtown Everett Vintage Fair is April 24.A dozen vintage vendors will have furniture, jewelry, purses, clothing and kitschy trinkets galore.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Life

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

Outfit yourself in Girl Scout gear at Everett store

Your dog can be one sharp cookie.Bandanas, toys and leashes with the designer Girl Scout logo are among the items sold at the Girl Scouts of Western Washington store in Everett.The store has plenty of things for humans,...

Date: 02/28/2016 | Life

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

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

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

Apple Pay launches in China where e-payments widely used

BEIJING — Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its smartphone-based payment system in China, where the electronic payments market is already dominated by an arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Date: 02/19/2016 | Business Wire

Amazon building global delivery business to take on Alibaba

In recent weeks, speculation has mounted that Inc. plans to launch a global shipping and logistics operation that will compete with United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp.

Date: 02/10/2016 | Business Wire

Great spaghetti: The short answer

No more broken shards splattering on the floor or igniting under the burner.This spaghetti is half the size and twice as easy to cook.It’s pot-sized pasta. It fits in the pan straight out of the box.A pound box costs about the same as the long size.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Life

Take note this Valentine’s Day

Here’s something nice and sticky for Valentine’s Day.And you won’t even have to buy a card.Scrawl a mushy message on the slip of paper and you’re good to go. Post-It has a pop-up note dispenser in the shape of a heart. Your sweetie will feel loved year-round at work.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Life

Madison’s Jewelry to close up shop, but the work continues

STANWOOD — It’s been 44 years of gold dust and diamonds for Robert Madison.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Business

Kangaroo jerky, duck jerky, alligator jerky ...

When a new beef jerky store in Tulalip sent a press release promoting kangaroo meat snacks, I hopped right on it.Marsupial meat? What's up with that? A jerky store?Double what's up with that?

Date: 01/19/2016 | Whats Up With That?

Grocery Outlet, Petco stores coming to Stanwood

STANWOOD — Construction is under way downtown on a 28,000-square-foot building meant to house a new Grocery Outlet and Petco.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Business

Luxury getaway

Enjoy posh hotel, explore all Bellingham has to offer

Date: 01/02/2016 | Life

$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

Baby and board

Mom waits tables with son on her back

Date: 12/29/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Holiday headache eases

'Ring road' alleviates traffic around Alderwood mall

Date: 12/29/2015 | Local News

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 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

Some consumers are ‘harbingers of failure’

Do you still think Pepsi made a huge mistake by taking Diet Crystal Pepsi off the market? Did you love McDonald’s Arch Deluxe, Frito-Lay Lemonade, Colgate Kitchen Entrees, and Watermelon Oreos? If so, you’re probably a “Harbinger of Failure” — a consumer whose taste is so unusual that companies can...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire

Spending shows solid growth in November as incomes rise

Consumer spending, a key driver of the U.S. economy, showed solid growth last month to kick off the holiday shopping season as incomes also kept rising, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Date: 12/23/2015 | Business Wire

Far, far away

And close to home, Star Wars is business and obsession

Date: 12/13/2015 | Life

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

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

From horses and buggies to cellphones: 99-year-old Sam Taralli

Sam TaralliEverettTaralli turned 99 last week. To celebrate, he went to his favorite store, Assistance League of Everett's Thrift Shop, where workers had a surprise party for him with a giant cake, balloons and hugs.Taralli...

Date: 12/01/2015 | The Chat

Thanksgiving weekend spending stumps retailers

U.S. shoppers no longer blow the bulk of their holiday budgets on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday.It’s a major shift that has made it difficult for stores to track and learn from shoppers’ spending habits during the traditional start to the busy holiday shopping season.

Date: 11/29/2015 | 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

It's holiday shopping time

Retailers are pushing sales earlier

Date: 11/27/2015 | Business

Check out these recently reviewed dining options

It’s Black Friday, which means thousands of folks will be standing in long lines at local malls to save a few pennies on the latest and greatest Christmas gifts. Here’s a look at some recently reviewed restaurants near shopping centers that will help calm the craziest of Black Friday shoppers. For...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Entertainment

Protesters to target Chicago shopping on Black Friday

CHICAGO — Small groups of demonstrators gathered again Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday shopping bonanza.

Date: 11/26/2015 | 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

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

More than just wine

Don't forget Walla Walla's great shops, diners and historical sites

Date: 11/07/2015 | Life

#OptOutside instead of Black Friday? REI has a mountain to climb

‘Tis the season – for hundreds of newspaper articles that start out "’tis the season" and for retailers to try to lure you with ever earlier holiday sales. Christmas displays were up at some stores before Halloween. And not only do stores promote Black...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Web Monkey

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

Learn how to be a coupon ninja

Want to be a couponista?Maryann Collier can show you how.Collier, of Longview, will lead two free couponing workshops on Wednesday at Marysville Holiday Inn, 8606 36th Ave. NE.Learn how to save a bundle from this money-saving maven, who practices what she preaches.

Date: 10/25/2015 | Life

Pumpkin pandemonium

It's fall, so you'll find this squash in the oddest places

Date: 10/04/2015 | Life

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

New tech gadgets on the way for holidays

BERLIN — Gadget makers have been showcasing their latest gear at Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, this week.With the exception of Apple, all major manufacturers have been announcing new devices in time for the holiday shopping season.

Date: 09/04/2015 | 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

Opponents say Eyman's new initiative uses blackmail, extortion

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman is at it again.The professional initiative promoter from Mukilteo is pushing a ballot measure this fall aimed at making it tougher on state lawmakers to increase taxes. And it contains a twist that could reduce state revenues by billions of dollars...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News

Ikea 2016: Sunny with a chance of meatballs

The 2016 Ikea catalog has gone live online, but many customers still wait eagerly for their print copy. These were being mailed out starting July 25 and should arrive just in time for many to tuck into their beach bags as they head out on...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Home and Garden

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

Dads spend more than moms shopping, survey says

As dads take a larger role in child-rearing, they are shopping more — and spending more — than moms.

Date: 06/17/2015 | 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

Wear white at will

Old rules don't apply; white pants work anytime

Date: 05/24/2015 | Life

Get coupons right to your phone

Forget digging through your purse for crumpled wads of paper.There are no scissors required for these coupons, which are sent to your phone. Redeem them at the register right from your screen. Around Target, for instance, mobile coupon signs have a keyword. Text...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Life

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