Retail industry

FILE- In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo employees stand in McDonald's Chicago flagship restaurant. McDonald's reports earnings Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
January 30, 2019 - 11:38 am
McDonald's says modernized stores and growth in delivery helped bring in more customers globally last year, but lower store traffic in the U.S. remains a concern. The world's biggest hamburger chain said sales rose 4.4 percent at established locations in the fourth quarter and 4.5 percent for the...
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National security adviser John Bolton speaks as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
January 28, 2019 - 3:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on the state-owned oil company of Venezuela (all times local): 4 p.m. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he doesn't expect U.S. consumers to see higher prices at the gas pumps as a result of new sanctions on Venezuela. The Trump administration...
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January 22, 2019 - 5:20 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 - 10:23 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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January 17, 2019 - 6:44 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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William Rucker and his grandson Justice, 4, say hello to a robot named Marty as it cleans the floors at a Giant grocery store in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. On Monday, the Carlisle-based Giant Food Stores announced new robotic assistants will be arriving at all 172 Giant stores by the middle of this year. The chain's parent company says it plans to eventually deploy the robots to nearly 500 stores. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
January 15, 2019 - 5:00 pm
SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise. But there could be a human watching from behind its cartoonish googly eyes. Badger Technologies CEO Tim...
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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 - 5:25 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — 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. Soldiers moved in...
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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 14, 2019 - 11:37 pm
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 14, 2019 - 11:34 pm
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 - 3:35 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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