Retail industry

FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo rows of unsold 2019 Escape sports-utility vehicles sit in long rows at a Ford dealership in Broomfield, Colo. On Wednesday, May 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for April. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales declined last month, as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies. Sales dropped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a big 1.7% jump in March. Car sales dropped 1.1% last month and sales at...
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FILE- This May 2, 2017, file photo shows corporate signage at Macy's flagship store in New York. Macy's Inc. reports financial results Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
May 15, 2019 - 8:19 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Macy's is putting up its sixth consecutive quarter of rising comparable store sales thanks in part to another doubling of online sales. The Cincinnati department store on Wednesday reported a first quarter profit of $136 million, or 44 cents per share. That far exceeds Wall Street...
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FILE- In this May 31, 2018, file photo customers enter the Apple store in New York. The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 14, 2019 - 7:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers can pursue a lawsuit complaining that iPhone apps cost too much, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, adding to Apple's woes that already include falling iPhone sales and a European investigation. The lawsuit could have major implications for the tech giant's handling of...
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FILE - This June 1, 2017, file photo, shows a Walmart sign at a store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery on its most popular items, raising the stakes in the retail shipping wars. The nation’s largest retailer says Tuesday, May 13, 2019, it's been building its own network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to enable the faster delivery. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
May 14, 2019 - 6:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars. The nation's largest retailer said Tuesday it's been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that happen. The next-day...
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FILE - This July 18, 2018, file photo, shows a display of back to school backpacks in Pittsburgh. The latest round of China tariff hikes, which went into effect Friday, May 10, 2019. will hit a range of consumer goods, including, backpacks, furniture and seafood. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 10, 2019 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Trump administration more than doubling tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports, will Americans soon see higher prices on store shelves? Yes, but it may take a few weeks. U.S. import taxes on $200 billion of Chinese goods jumped to 25% on Friday, from 10%, as...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2007, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Walmart Stores Inc. headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Walmart said Wednesday, May 8, 2019, that it will raise the minimum age for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 in an effort to combat tobacco sales to minors. The world’s largest retailer says the new rule will take effect in July, and will also include its Sam’s Club warehouse stores. (AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)
May 08, 2019 - 1:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart said Wednesday that it will raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes at its U.S. stores to 21 amid growing pressure from regulators to cut tobacco sales and use among minors. The world's largest retailer also said it will also stop selling fruit and...
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This Thursday, May 2, 2019, photo shows a sign posted on a door alerting customers that cash is not accepted at Freshroll Vietnamese Rolls and Bowls in San Francisco. San Francisco is about to require brick-and-mortar retailers to take cash in payment for goods, joining Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning a practice that critics say discriminates against the poor. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 07, 2019 - 1:27 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is about to require brick-and-mortar retailers to take cash as payment, joining Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning a growing paperless practice that critics say discriminates against low-income people who may not have access to credit cards. The Board of...
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May 05, 2019 - 8:01 am
VITERBO, Italy (AP) — Italian police have arrested a 22-year-old U.S. man and accused him of killing a 74-year-old Italian owner of a clothing store in Viterbo, a city near Rome. Police arrested Michael Aaron Pang on Saturday and allege that he killed the storekeeper by striking him with a stool...
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FILE- In this March 4, 2019, file photo a worker cleans a jet bridge before passengers boarded an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland, Ore., at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. U.S. employers are expected to have delivered a solid month of job growth in April, buoyed by a resilient economy that has confounded concerns that 2019 would begin with a slowdown. Another decent hiring gain would highlight the economy’s steady health just months after many analysts had expressed fear that growth was poised to weaken and a recession might soon occur. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 03, 2019 - 5:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The overall economy is adding jobs, but there's one spot that appears to be in a funk: retail. Overall, U.S. employers added 263,000 jobs in April, according to the government data released Friday. The retail sector lost 12,000 jobs that same month. That decline wasn't a blip; the...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2018 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses a gathering during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. Baltimore's mayor resigned under pressure Thursday. May 2, 2019 amid a flurry of investigations into whether she arranged bulk sales of her self-published children's books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
May 02, 2019 - 7:07 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor resigned under pressure Thursday amid a flurry of investigations into whether she arranged bulk sales of her self-published children's books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks. Mayor Catherine Pugh's resignation came exactly a week after her...
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