Retail industry

In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, photo Bullseye, a Miniature Bull Terrier and the official mascot of Target Corporation, poses for a photograph during a Target Holiday Outlook event in New York. Target Corp. says it's spending $50 million more on payroll during the fourth quarter than it did a year ago so that there'll be more workers on hand to help harried shoppers scrambling to get their shopping done in a shorter amount of time. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
November 01, 2019 - 8:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — All they want for Christmas is more time. Faced with the shortest holiday shopping season since 2013, retailers are trying to figure out ways to get into the minds of shoppers sooner. Walmart, for instance, began offering holiday deals online for toys, TVs and mini trampolines...
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October 31, 2019 - 3:53 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Business has plunged in Hong Kong's shopping districts after more than four months of protests. The government announced Thursday that the city is in a technical recession after it contracted for a second straight quarter. The once-common lines of Chinese shoppers outside luxury...
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FILE - This June 26, 2019 file photo shows a Starbucks sign outside a Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks Corp. reports financial earns on Wednesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
October 30, 2019 - 3:56 pm
Starbucks Corp. ended its fiscal year on a high note as new drinks and more efficient stores drew in U.S. customers. Starbucks said same-store sales in the Americas region — or sales at stores open at least 13 months — rose 6% during the July-September period. Half that increase came from consumers...
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FILE - This June 25, 2019, file photo shows a sign outside a Walgreens Pharmacy in Pittsburgh. Walgreens will shutter nearly 40% of the clinics in its stores as the drugstore chain cuts costs and shifts to other businesses it believes will draw more people through its doors. The company said Monday, Oct. 28, that it will close 150 Walgreens-run clinics by the end of the year, but it will keep open more than 200 that are run in partnership with health care providers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
October 28, 2019 - 1:25 pm
Walgreens will shutter nearly 40% of the clinics in its stores as the drugstore chain cuts costs and shifts to other businesses it believes will draw more people through its doors. The company said Monday that it will close 150 Walgreens-run clinics by the end of the year, but it will keep open...
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October 25, 2019 - 2:32 pm
Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid have pulled some or all 22-ounce bottles of Johnson's baby powder from shelves to avoid confusing consumers, after a minuscule amount of asbestos was found in one bottle. Johnson & Johnson recalled all 33,000 bottles from the same lot as that bottle last Friday, a day...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2019, file photo a worker sorts through items and places orders at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Staten Island in New York. Amazon.com Inc. reports financial earns on Thursday, Oct. 24. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
October 24, 2019 - 6:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's push for faster delivery is hurting its profits. The online retailer said its third-quarter net income fell 26% from a year ago, missing Wall Street expectations. Its sales outlook for the holiday shopping season also disappointed analysts, and its stock sank 7% in after-...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo Operation made by Hasbro is displayed shelves in the expanded toy section at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Shares of Hasbro are plunging after the company said the trade war is hammering its supply chain. The toymaker on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $212.9 million, or $1.67 per share. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
October 22, 2019 - 7:53 pm
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Shares of Hasbro plunged Tuesday after the company revealed that the trade war is wreaking havoc on its supply chain and creating confusion among customers for its toys. The company said price hikes may be on the way for consumers as it offsets rising costs. Hasbro CEO Brian...
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In this Sept. 23, 2019, photo shoppers examine refrigerators at a Home Depot store location, in Boston. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for September. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
October 16, 2019 - 7:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales dropped in September by the largest amount in seven months, possibly signaling that rising trade tensions and turbulent markets are having an impact on consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales fell 0.3% last month following a 0.6%...
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October 15, 2019 - 2:48 am
BERLIN (AP) — Online fashion retailer Zalando says it wants at least 40% of its senior managers to be women within four years, following recent criticism that all five members of its management board are men. The Berlin-based company said Tuesday that it "aims for a balanced representation of women...
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Crews work to connect generators in effort to keep the Caldecott Tunnel open to traffic during a possible power outage at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to more than half a million customers in Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 09, 2019 - 8:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it's already been able to restore service to about 44,000 customers after it cut power to a million people because of high winds that create a high fire danger. Company...
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