Retail industry

January 22, 2019 - 6:20 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has fined Mastercard 570 million euros ($648 million) for stopping retailers from looking for better card payment terms at banks around Europe. The Commission, which polices competition, said Tuesday that Mastercard's rules prior to 2015 forced retailers to...
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Sean Mossman, director of sales and marketing for COOP Ale Works, draws a beer in the COOP taproom in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Rules that went into effect in Oklahoma in October allow grocery, convenience and retail liquor stores to sell chilled beer with an alcohol content of up to 8.99 percent. Previously, grocery and convenience stores could offer only 3.2 percent beer. Liquor stores, where stronger beers were available, were prohibited from selling it cold. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
January 19, 2019 - 11:23 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Beer snobs are raising their mugs to a stronger brew in three states that once forbade grocers from selling anything but low-alcohol brands, and the changes could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain. Until October, Oklahoma grocery and...
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FILE- In this July 9, 2005, file photo a security mirror shows shoppers at a Gymboree store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, Calif. Children’s clothing retailer Gymboree has filed bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years and will begin winding down all operations. The San Francisco company said late Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2019, that it will close all of its Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores, and will to sell its Janie and Jack business, intellectual property and online business. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
January 17, 2019 - 8:39 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gymboree has filed for bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years, but this time the children's clothing retailer will begin winding down operations for good. The San Francisco company said late Wednesday that it will close all of its Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores...
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In this image provided by Karen Pulfer Focht, Doug Ketchum and his wife Mary pose with their daughter Stacie as their Memphis liquor store, Kimbrough Wine & Spirits. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a dispute over Tennessee’s residency requirements for liquor store owners. Doug and Mary Ketchum moved from Utah to Memphis and say Tennessee makes it almost impossible for someone to break into the liquor business from out of state. (Karen Pulfer Focht)
January 16, 2019 - 1:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to strike down a Tennessee provision that requires people to live in the state for two years before obtaining a license to sell alcohol. Several justices said the restriction unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state economic...
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Protestors gather near a burning tire during a demonstration over the hike in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. A Zimbabwean military helicopter on Tuesday fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires in the capital on a second day of deadly protests after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in the economically shattered country. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
January 15, 2019 - 12:59 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's police and military patrolled the streets of the capital, Harare, Tuesday as a helicopter fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires on a second day of deadly protests after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in the...
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In this image provided by Karen Pulfer Focht, Doug Ketchum and his wife Mary pose with their daughter Stacie as their Memphis liquor store, Kimbrough Wine & Spirits. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a dispute over Tennessee’s residency requirements for liquor store owners. Doug and Mary Ketchum moved from Utah to Memphis and say Tennessee makes it almost impossible for someone to break into the liquor business from out of state. (Karen Pulfer Focht)
January 15, 2019 - 12:37 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Doug and Mary Ketchum chose Memphis, Tennessee, as a place to live with their disabled adult daughter because it has clearer air than their former home in Utah. That was the easy part. Their decision to support themselves by buying a liquor store has been considerably more...
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In this image provided by Karen Pulfer Focht, Doug Ketchum and his wife Mary pose with their daughter Stacie as their Memphis liquor store, Kimbrough Wine & Spirits. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a dispute over Tennessee’s residency requirements for liquor store owners. Doug and Mary Ketchum moved from Utah to Memphis and say Tennessee makes it almost impossible for someone to break into the liquor business from out of state. (Karen Pulfer Focht)
January 15, 2019 - 12:34 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Doug and Mary Ketchum chose Memphis, Tennessee, as a place to live with their disabled adult daughter because it has clearer air than their former home in Utah. That was the easy part. Their decision to support themselves by buying a liquor store has been considerably more...
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FILE- In this Nov. 17, 2004, file photo Kmart chairman Edward Lampert listens during a news conference to announce the merger of Kmart and Sears in New York. As Sears teeters on the brink of collapse, there’s one man at the center of the fight for the future of the iconic retailer. Lampert plays several, often conflicting, roles in what could be the final chapter for the company that began as a mail order watch business 132 years ago. He’s been chairman, CEO, landlord, lender, and largest shareholder all at the same time. If the company survives, he wins. If it ends up liquidating, he also wins. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
January 14, 2019 - 4:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — As Sears teeters on the brink of collapse, one man stands at the center of the fight for the future of the iconic retailer. Eddie Lampert plays several often-conflicting roles in what could be the final chapter for the company that began as a mail order watch business 132 years ago...
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FIL E- In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New York are gaining steam and the governor predicts a bill will pass in 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
January 13, 2019 - 10:41 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New York are gaining steam, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicts a bill will pass this year. But don't expect to see pot shops opening up from Brooklyn to Buffalo anytime soon. While there's broad agreement on the idea of...
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FILE - In this Aug.9, 2018, file photo, Indian customers return after shopping at IKEA's first store in India as it opened in Hyderabad, India. Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea announced plans on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, to open its first New Zealand store. The company said it would build the store near the largest city of Auckland over the next few years, and would open a pop-up store to give customers a taste of what was to come before the flagship store opened. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)
January 10, 2019 - 10:35 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea announced plans on Friday to open its first New Zealand store. The company said it would build the store near the largest city of Auckland over the next few years, and would open a pop-up store to give customers a taste of what was...
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