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In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, photo, ornaments, including one with the likeness of Bullseye, the Target mascot, hang from a display at a Target store in Bridgewater, N.J. Shoppers are spending freely heading into the holidays, but heavy investments and incentives like free shipping by retailers are giving Wall Street pause. Target Inc., Kohl's Corp., Best Buy Co. and TJX Cos. all reported strong sales at stores opened at least a year. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 20, 2018 - 1:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers are spending freely heading into the holidays, but heavy investments and incentives like free shipping by retailers are giving Wall Street pause. Target Inc., Kohl's Corp., Best Buy Co. and TJX Cos. all reported strong sales at stores opened at least a year. That's a key...
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In a photo taken Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Target employee Lindsay Walker scans an item as she collects merchandise from shelves to prep them for an online order at a Target store in Edison, N.J. Target Corp. reports earnings Tuesday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 20, 2018 - 7:52 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target's ramped up investments online and in stores are bringing in shoppers, but they're also bruising the bottom line. Company shares fell sharply before the opening bell Tuesday after Target missed profit expectations for the third quarter, the last look at the retailer's...
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NASCAR President Steve Phelps speaks during a news conference before the NASCAR Cup Series Championship auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 18, 2018 - 1:13 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is open to wholesale changes for 2020 that could include everything from doubleheaders, midweek races, a tightened schedule, shorter races, and even a potential shared event schedule with IndyCar. Steve Phelps, named president of the sanctioning body last month,...
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Lexi Thompson tees off during the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship golf tournament, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Naples, Fla. (Andrew West/The News-Press via AP)
November 17, 2018 - 5:11 pm
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Lexi Thompson has control of the CME Group Tour Championship, and Ariya Jutanugarn is in control of just about everything else. Thompson's 4-under 68 on Saturday pushed her to 16 under after three rounds of the LPGA's season-ending event. She moved three shots clear of Nelly...
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November 17, 2018 - 3:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief executive of J.Crew Group Inc. is stepping down. The clothing retailer said in an announcement Saturday that the departure of James Brett, a retail veteran who took the top job in 2017, was by mutual agreement between Brett and the company's board of directors. In a...
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November 17, 2018 - 1:16 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is suing the nation's two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to stop illegal sales. Attorney General Pam Bondi announced late Friday that...
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FILE- In this Nov. 8, 2018, file photo traders Eric Schumacher, left, and Richard Deviccaro work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 16, 2018 - 5:26 pm
Wall Street capped a day of volatile trading with a late-afternoon buying spree that sent U.S. stock indexes to a mostly higher finish Friday. Despite the 11th-hour rally, the benchmark S&P 500 index ended with its second weekly loss in four weeks. Gains in health care and energy companies...
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This cover image released by Crown shows "Becoming," by Michelle Obama. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the former first lady’s memoir had sold more than 725,000 copies after its first day of publication. “Becoming” came out Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour. (Crown via AP)
November 16, 2018 - 1:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama's "Becoming" is already well on its way to selling a million copies. Crown Publishing tells The Associated Press on Friday that the former first lady's memoir had sold more than 725,000 copies after its first day of publication. "Becoming" was released on Tuesday, the...
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November 15, 2018 - 8:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a healthy pace in October, though the gains were likely boosted by one-time factors such as hurricane recovery spending and higher gas prices. The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent last month,...
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FILE- This Nov. 9, 2018, file photo shows a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 15, 2018 - 7:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported strong sales online and in its established store sales for its fiscal third quarter, and raised profit expectations for the year heading into the holiday shopping season. The report Thursday suggests that efforts by Walmart to improve the experience of its customers...
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