Retail and wholesale

FILE - This Dec. 21, 2016, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, as a New Year's rally runs out of gas. The major U.S. stock indexes were mixed in early trading Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 as gains by banks and consumer-focused companies outweighed losses in energy and other sectors. The price of oil fell on a report saying U.S. production is set to rise further above 50-year highs.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 19, 2018 - 2:36 pm
Retailers and consumer goods companies led U.S. stock indexes mostly higher in afternoon trading Friday as the market recouped some of its modest losses from a day earlier. Energy companies were the biggest laggard as the price of crude oil declined. Bond yields were hovering near their highest...
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January 19, 2018 - 4:53 am
LONDON (AP) — Official figures show that retail sales in Britain sank in the holiday shopping month of December as higher prices squeeze consumers' spending power. The Office for National Statistics said Friday that retail sales fell by 1.5 percent in December from the month before, double what...
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January 17, 2018 - 7:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" sold more than 190,000 hardcover copies last week, the book's first full week of publication, a company which tracks the retail market told The Associated Press on Wednesday. In less than two weeks since its release, combined e-book, audio and...
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January 17, 2018 - 4:31 pm
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Stephen King says he wants to help a Maine bookstore owner who lost thousands of dollars' worth of rare books, including original King manuscripts, after flood caused by a broken pipe. King tells the Bangor Daily News he was "horrified" to hear about Gerald Winters' bookstore...
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In this photo taken Dec. 5, 2017, Scanalytics co-founder and CEO Joe Scanlin holds a smart floor sensor his company creates that track people's movements in Milwaukee. The sensors are among the tools retailers are using to gain insights on consumer habits. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno)
January 15, 2018 - 3:02 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but what can they learn from footsteps? It's a question Milwaukee-based startup Scanalytics is helping businesses explore with floor sensors that track...
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January 15, 2018 - 10:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health Corp., wants to end touch ups of its beauty images in its marketing campaigns by the end of 2020. The plan, announced Monday, affects the marketing materials CVS produces, but it also says it will work with key brand partners and...
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January 13, 2018 - 10:12 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Members of a South African opposition party have stormed into some H&M stores to protest a promotional image of a black child wearing a sweatshirt with the words "Coolest monkey in the jungle." Local media reports say the Economic Freedom Fighters members urged local malls...
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January 12, 2018 - 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually. Under previous Supreme Court...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, file photo, a trader works at the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, led by gains in banks and retailers. Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields. Facebook dropped after saying it would make significant changes to user feeds that will result in fewer posts from brands. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 12, 2018 - 6:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rising retailers pushed U.S. stock indexes further into record territory on Friday, as the market's fabulous start to 2018 carried through its second week. Interest rates also climbed after a report showed that a key component of inflation accelerated last month. But stocks absorbed...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, file photo, shoppers take advantage of discounts and slashed post-Christmas prices at Valley View Mall in Roanoke, Va. The National Retail Federation said Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, that holiday sales reached $691.9 billion as shoppers stepped up their spending in the wake of a better economy. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)
January 12, 2018 - 4:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are riding high after ebullient U.S. consumers shopped at the healthiest pace in more than a decade over the holiday season. But merchants can't afford to rest easy. None of the pressure on them has eased, and the fight for customers' attention will only intensify...
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