Retail industry

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, people walk through the parking lot at a Target store in Oklahoma City. Target has reported that its sales as measured by a key metric registered their strongest performance to date for the company’s fiscal second quarter. It's the latest evidence that big-box stores are becoming consumers' prime shopping destinations during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
August 19, 2020 - 7:21 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Target reported recorded-setting sales growth online and at established stores over the past three months, more evidence that big box retailers have become essential points of supply during the pandemic. Online sales surged 195% and same-store sales spiked 10.9%, second-quarter...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, a woman pulls groceries from a cart to her vehicle outside of a Walmart store in Pearl, Miss. Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores. The company said the policy will go into effect on Monday, July 20, 2020 to allow time to inform stores and customers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 18, 2020 - 2:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans turned to Walmart and Home Depot for supplies and do-it-yourself projects as they stayed close to home at a time when new cases of virus surged, resulting in soaring sales for their fiscal second quarter. Walmart's online sales nearly doubled in the fiscal second quarter,...
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FILE - This Wednesday, July 15, 2020 file photo shows rolls of coins in a container at a market in Nanticoke, Pa. The Federal Reserve says the supply system for coins had been severely disrupted by the pandemic. While there were still enough coins out in the world, they aren’t circulating as freely because businesses have been closed and consumers weren’t spending as usual. (Sean McKeag/The Citizens' Voice via AP)
August 18, 2020 - 10:37 am
A convenience store chain is offering a free beverage or sandwich in exchange for them. A laundromat owner drove 4 hours across state lines to get $8,000 worth. A young girl in Illinois wrote the tooth fairy saying she’ll gladly take dollars as a substitute if it helps. There is a shortage of coins...
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Home Depot aisles are stocked with hurricane supplies as Hurricane Isaias approaches South Florida onFriday, July 31, 2020 in Boynton Beach, Fla. Isaias is forecasted to stay east of the coast but it will bring winds and possible coasting flooding. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
August 18, 2020 - 8:34 am
Millions of people forced to work out of the office during the pandemic took on new projects at home and Home Depot is supplying a lot of the DIY material they need. At Home Depot stores open at least a year, sales surged an remarkable 25% in the U.S. during the second quarter, the Atlanta company...
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Customers lineup to enter an hyper store in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. South Africa, which had one of the world's strictest anti-coronavirus lockdowns for five months, relaxed its restrictions Tuesday to permit the sales of alcohol and cigarettes and other returns to more ordinary life in response to decreasing new cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
August 18, 2020 - 7:14 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa, which had one of the world's strictest anti-coronavirus lockdowns for five months, relaxed its restrictions Tuesday to permit the sales of alcohol and cigarettes and other returns to more ordinary life in response to decreasing new cases and hospitalizations for...
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A bus passes a branch of Marks and Spencer in London, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Marks and Spencer has said it will cut 7,000 jobs over the next three months as the UK retailer overhauls its business in the latest sign of how the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the high street. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
August 18, 2020 - 5:21 am
LONDON (AP) — British retailer Marks & Spencer plans to eliminate about 7,000 jobs as it streamlines management and store operations after sales plunged during the COVID-19 pandemic. The job cuts, which represent about 9% of the company’s workforce, will occur over the next three months and...
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A man stocks shelves with bottles of wine at a Johannesburg liquor store in Johannesburg Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, as the country will lift its coronavirus-linked ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products on Tuesday. The purchase of alcohol and cigarettes was banned when the country went into a strict nationwide lockdown on 27 March to stem the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
August 17, 2020 - 9:12 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa, which imposed one of the world's strictest anti-coronavirus lockdowns five months ago, will significantly relax its restrictions Tuesday, including allowing the sales of liquor and cigarettes, as it appears the country has weathered its first peak of COVID-19 cases...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, people walk by the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are drifting in early Friday, Aug. 14, trading on Wall Street after a report showed that sales for U.S retailers strengthened again last month, but by less than economists expected. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 14, 2020 - 4:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes barely budged on Wall Street Friday, leaving the S&P 500 just shy of its record once again. The S&P 500 edged down 0.58, or less than 0.1%, to 3,372.85 after drifting between small gains and losses throughout the day. They’re the latest meandering moves for the...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2020 file photo, a price sign is displayed at a retail store as a store employee wears a mask while working in Niles, Ill. Small businesses are in limbo again as the coronavirus outbreak rages and the government’s $659 billion relief program draws to a close. Companies still struggling with sharply reduced revenue are wondering if Congress will give them a second chance at the Paycheck Protection Program, which ends Friday, Aug. 7, after giving out 5.1 million loans worth $523 billion. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
August 14, 2020 - 8:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their retail purchases by 1.2% in July, with solid gains in appliances and clothing helping restore sales to their level before the viral pandemic erupted in March. Sales at retail stores and restaurants have now risen for three straight months, after plunges...
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A broken cash register sits on the counter of African Food & Liquor in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The West Side convenience store was ransacked Monday just hours after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned vandals that the city will hold them accountable for ransacking downtown retailers earlier that day. It was the second time since May that the neighborhood store was vandalized. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
August 14, 2020 - 8:06 am
Security cameras captured the pillaging of a West Side Chicago convenience store hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned vandals that the city would hold them accountable for ransacking downtown retailers. Walid Mouhammad, owner of African Food & Liquor, watched surveillance video helplessly...
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