Retail industry

FILE- In this Dec. 24, 2018, photo a last-minute shopper scans his mobile device next to a sign marking discounts on coats at Columbia store as shoppers finish up their Christmas gift lists at the Outlet Malls in Castle Rock in Castle Rock, Colo. The On Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for December. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 14, 2019 - 11:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year's holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback. The Commerce Department said Thursday that December retail sales fell 1.2...
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February 14, 2019 - 6:48 am
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's antitrust agency says it has initiated an investigation into online retailer Amazon over complaints of unfair trade practices on its "marketplace" platform. The Federal Competition Authority, or BWB, said Thursday it had received several complaints from Austrian retailers...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, Recreational Equipment, Inc. Jerry Stritzke, center, speaks to those who attended the Preview Party of the new REI Co-Op in Dillion, Colo. Officials say Stritzke, the president and CEO of outdoor retailer REI, has resigned for failing to disclose a relationship he had with the head of another organization in the outdoor industry. (Chris Dillmann/The Daily via AP, File)
February 12, 2019 - 6:23 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Outdoor retailer REI says its president and CEO has resigned for failing to disclose a relationship with the head of another organization in the outdoor industry. REI officials at their Kent, Washington, headquarters said Tuesday that Jerry Stritzke will leave March 15. The company...
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FILE- In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at The Economic Club of Washington's Milestone Celebration in Washington. Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man and CEO of Amazon, is publicly accusing The National Enquirer in a blog post of trying to blackmail him by threatening to release more intimate photos of him unless he calls off an investigation into how that information was obtained in the first place. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
February 08, 2019 - 6:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — First it was a heart-wrenching tweet that he and his wife were getting a divorce after 25 years. Then a tabloid revealed that he'd been having an affair, releasing texts and photos of him and his mistress. As if either of those weren't distracting enough, now Jeff Bezos — the world'...
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Specialist David Haubner, left, and trader Thomas McCauley work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors welcomed some strong earnings reports from U.S. companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
February 05, 2019 - 2:24 pm
Stocks marched higher in late-afternoon trading Tuesday, placing the market on track to extend its four-day winning streak. Investors welcomed strong earnings reports from a range of U.S. companies, including several luxury retailers. Ralph Lauren and Estee Lauder surged after reporting earnings...
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FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo a buyer wanders between display walls of coats at the Outdoor Retailer & Snow Show in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, is forecasting that retail sales could grow between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent to more than $3.8 trillion this year as shoppers remain in a mood to spend in a strong economy. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 05, 2019 - 12:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, forecasts that retail sales should grow between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent to more than $3.8 trillion this year as shoppers remain in the mood to spend in a strong economy and job market. The forecast,...
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February 04, 2019 - 1:42 pm
BOSTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 31 about a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts against drugmaker Purdue Pharma, The Associated Press erroneously described the type of business the company McKinsey conducts. It is the management consulting firm, not a drug distributor. Also, the AP erroneously reported the...
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FILE- In this Dec. 28, 2018, file photo trader Jonathan Corpina, right works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 01, 2019 - 3:56 pm
Stocks capped a bumpy day of trading Friday with modest gains, extending the market's winning streak to its third straight day. Gains in technology companies, energy stocks and banks outweighed losses in retailers and elsewhere in the market. Major indexes were higher much of the morning as...
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In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photograph, buyers pass by a sign in the Patagonia exhibit at the Outdoor Retailer & Snow Show in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Major players in the outdoor industry jumped into the political fight over national monuments two years ago and now have added climate change and sustainable manufacturing to their portfolio. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 31, 2019 - 12:11 pm
DENVER (AP) — Two years after jumping into a fight with the Trump administration over public lands, the U.S. outdoor industry is turning up the political pressure — though its impact is difficult to measure. Thousands of manufacturers and retailers gathered in Denver starting Wednesday for the...
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Lollipops handmade in the EU are displayed at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German production of sweets, with a value of around 800 million Euro, is exported to the important United Kingdom market. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner7
January 31, 2019 - 10:43 am
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — German gummy bears, chocolate and licorice are popular sweets in Britain, but aficionados there might have to start stockpiling if they don't want to go cold turkey when the country leaves the European Union. German candy retailers are worried that exporting sweets to the...
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