Retail industry

FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo traders Patrick Casey, left, and Sal Suarino work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 27. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 27, 2019 - 5:10 pm
Major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Wednesday after wavering for much of the day between small gains and losses. The downbeat finish extended the market's mild losses from a day earlier. Even so, the benchmark S&P 500 index is on track to end the month with a gain of more than 3...
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In this April 21, 2018 photo provided by Rachel Wasser, Walmart greeter John Combs works at a Walmart store in Vancouver, Wash. Combs, who has cerebral palsy, and other greeters with disabilities are threatened with job loss as Walmart transforms the greeter position into one that’s more physically demanding. Combs was devastated and then angered by his impending job loss. (Rachel Wasser via AP)
February 27, 2019 - 4:33 pm
As Walmart moves to phase out its familiar blue-vested "greeters" at some 1,000 stores nationwide, disabled workers who fill many of those jobs say they're being ill-treated by a chain that styles itself as community-minded and inclusive. Walmart told greeters around the country last week that...
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FILE- In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo sales associate Larry Wardford, of Holliston, Mass., places items on selves at a Lowe's retail home improvement and appliance store, in Framingham, Mass. Lowe's Companies, Inc. reports financial results Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
February 27, 2019 - 6:33 am
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lowe's swung to a loss in its fourth quarter, weighed down sizeable one-time charges and a lethargic housing market. The home improvement company lost $824 million, or $1.03 per share. That includes $1.6 billion in charges, most from a $952 million goodwill impairment...
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FILE- In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo workers stock the shelves at a Home Depot store in Passaic, N.J. Home Depot Inc. reports financial results Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)
February 26, 2019 - 10:14 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Strains in the nation's housing sector emerged in the aisles of Home Depot in the last few months of 2018 and appear likely to carry over into this year. In the fourth quarter, Home Depot fell short on profit, revenue and same-stores sales as rising real estate prices cast a chill...
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February 24, 2019 - 2:04 pm
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline is up 10 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.44. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that the jump follows a rise in crude oil costs. Lundberg says the price at the pump...
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February 22, 2019 - 12:28 pm
DETROIT (AP) — AutoNation, the country's largest auto dealership chain, went outside the auto industry to find its new chief executive, appointing a top leader from the USAA financial services company. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, chain announced Friday that Carl Liebert will take over for the...
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February 20, 2019 - 1:10 pm
LONDON (AP) — British regulators say the proposed supermarkets merger between Sainsbury's and Walmart's Asda unit would push up prices and reduce quality for shoppers, casting doubt on a deal that would create the country's biggest grocery chain. It also serves as yet another regulatory blow to...
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FILE- In this May 18, 2006, file photo a worker puts the finishing touches on a sign unveiling the company's new look at a Payless Shoesource store at a mall in Independence, Mo. Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America. The filing on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, came a day after the shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales at its North American stores. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
February 20, 2019 - 8:37 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honor gift cards and store credit until March 11 as the company liquidates all operations. The Topeka, Kansas, company, which filed for bankruptcy protection this week, will allow returns and exchanges of non-final sale items through the...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo shoppers look at toys at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart Inc. reports financial results Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
February 19, 2019 - 3:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart defied a gloomy government retail sales report for December, delivering fiscal fourth-quarter profits and sales that beat Wall Street expectations. The world's largest retailer also enjoyed another quarter of surging e-commerce sales during the critical holiday period as it...
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FILE- In this May 18, 2006, file photo a worker puts the finishing touches on a sign unveiling the company's new look at a Payless Shoesource store at a mall in Independence, Mo. Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America. The filing on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, came a day after the shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales at its North American stores. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
February 19, 2019 - 2:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America. The filing on Monday came a day after the shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales at its North American stores. The company, based in Topeka,...
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