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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 4:44 p.m.

JC Penney closes more stores after a weak holiday season

J.C. Penney is closing more stores following weak holiday sales season for the retailer.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 9:11 a.m.

King holiday draws out Democratic presidential hopefuls

As Americans commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls are fanning out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

Lewiston family finds man inside their home in armed Christmas burglary

A man is accused of spoiling a Lewiston family’s holiday plans after allegedly burglarizing their home Christmas day and attacking them with a wooden lamp when confronted.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

Early holiday shopping numbers on track to break season records

On Wednesday, MasterCard SpendingPulse – which tracks retail spending trends – said holiday sales had seen the strongest growth in the past six years, surging 5.1 percent to more than …


Santa Claus continues decades-old tradition of visits to Spokane malls

The technology and requests may be different than they were at the old Crescent or Bon Marche department stores, but children still line up every year to bend the ear …


Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …


Less waste, more cheer: How to rein in holiday excess

According to the Environment Protection Agency, 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. Holiday excess isn’t limited to plastic toys and plastic wrap, though. Every …


Ammi Midstokke: The importance of tradition regardless of discomfort

As the holiday season is upon us, many of us are forced to take part in and reflect upon family traditions. The word “tradition” somehow supersedes any logical relevance, joy, …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:39 p.m.

After decades in storage, animatronic Christmas displays reemerge at the Davenport Grand Hotel

Vintage animatronic Christmas displays came to life Friday at the Davenport Grand Hotel.


Retail group says holiday season off to a strong start

The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that consumer spending has been strong, fueled by a better economy and stores’ investments in online services including features that allow shoppers to buy …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

Holiday sales expected to grow in a strong economy

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, says it expects sales in November and December to rise between 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent to $717.45 billion to …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 6:03 p.m.

While Kroger results disappoint, Target announces plan to hire 20 percent more for holidays

Kroger Co.’s shares fell after the supermarket chain missed analysts’ sales estimates and margins continued to narrow in the company’s fiscal second quarter.


Wayfair follows Amazon with its own made-up holiday: Way Day

Amazon started Prime Day. Alibaba capitalized on Singles Day. Now another e-commerce company is hoping for success with an invented shopping holiday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Sears raises $100 million in new financing, weighs $200M in cost cuts

Sears has secured more financing, and is considering more cost cutting, as the beleaguered retailer reported a big sales drop during the critical holiday season.


Collecting Christmas: Nuts for nutcrackers and more

From Santas to snowmen, from penguins to polar bears, the holidays offer an opportunity for avid collectors to add to their stash.


Rob Curley: Holiday bell brings a front-line view of the caring and kindness in our community

You learn a lot about people when you stand outside on a cold day, ringing a bell in front of a red kettle.


FedEx says record number of holiday deliveries are on track

A record number of holiday packages are on track to arrive this year, and the package delivery companies appear to be handling the load well.


Finding the perfect gift takes patience, observation and care

I am a gift giver. A true gift giver. I show love by thinking of and giving what I hope is the perfect gift. My husband reprimanded me because I …


Elf on the Shelf: For lazy/busy/exhausted parents, precious memories are too darn costly

More than 11 million Elf on the Shelf kits have been sold around the world since the concept launched in 2005, inspiring great creativity in some parents and sheer exhaustion …


After the lights dim, Rockefeller Christmas trees still give

Old Rockefeller Center Christmas trees never really die, they just get built into the wall frames and floor supports of affordable homes.


10 stocking-stuffers for health-conscious foodies

If you’re looking for stocking-stuffers for health-conscious foodie friends and family members, consider locally- and regionally-made goodies.


After the passing of its patriarch, Bergman’s Christmas Tree Farm to close in Spokane Valley

Dog leash in one hand, chain saw in the other, Doug Bergman slowly trailed the family of six as they led him toward the newest addition to their living room. …


Nerd Wallet: Plan, give and spend smart to avoid holiday debt

If you don’t have a holiday savings fund stashed away, smart planning and clever shopping can ensure you don’t end up struggling to pay off debt.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 5:58 p.m.

American says it has found pilots for most Christmas flights

American Airlines said Thursday that only a few hundred of its late-December flights remain without pilots scheduled to fly the plane and the airline has not canceled any holiday-season flights.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

Union: Many AA flights in December lack scheduled pilots

A scheduling glitch has left American Airlines scrambling to find pilots to operate thousands of flights over the busy Christmas holiday period.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

L.L. Bean’s beloved duck boots expecting record holiday season

L.L. Bean says it’s in the midst of another record breaking year of sales for its iconic “duck boot,” and there will be enough to meet the holiday crunch.


Retailers take another look at printed catalogs

In a time of explosive growth for online buying, retailers and shoppers are showing renewed interest in a humble purchasing device that uses paper instead of pixels.


UPS predicts record holiday deliveries, defends price hike

UPS expects another record holiday season, with deliveries up 5 percent over last year, as online shopping continues to grow.


Amazon hiring people in the South Sound for holiday season

Amazon will be hiring about 2,500 people in the South Sound for a variety of positions as it ramps up for the holiday shopping season.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

Retail group expects holiday sales to rise 3.6 to 4 percent

With stores closing and retailers filing for bankruptcy, a trade group says it still expects holiday sales to at least match the 3.6 percent growth of a year ago, as …