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Customers line up for broad legal pot sales in California

Customers hoping to be among the first in California to purchase marijuana legally lined up early Monday, as the arrival of the new year brought with it broad legalization of …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Spokane-area’s strong home-buying streak continues in November

Spokane-area home sales continued at a strong pace in November, benefiting from mild temperatures and the lack of significant snowfall. Strong demand for homes and inventory shortages will continue in …


Harry Potter puts a curse on Barnes & Noble’s sales

Shares in bookseller Barnes & Noble tumbled almost 12 percent Thursday after the company reported a sharp drop in quarterly sales.


Aggressive cost-cutting helps Sears narrow loss; shares rise

Sears said Thursday that revenue and a key sales figure plummeted in its most recent quarter as it closed stores, shut down pharmacies at some Kmart locations and lost shoppers …


Retail group: Those using both online, stores spending more

A retail trade group estimates that people who shopped both online and in stores from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday spent more than those who stuck to one or the other.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 3:54 p.m.

Tech firm: Thanksgiving-Black Friday sales rose 11.9 percent

Despite holiday deals all month, shoppers still picked up their spending on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, one technology company says.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

California pot rules open way for potentially larger fields

California released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging legal marijuana industry, while potentially opening the way for larger-scale cultivation that some fear could strangle small-farm growers.


‘Thor’ tops ‘Daddy’s Home 2,’ ‘Orient Express’ at box office

The God of Thunder isn’t ready to relinquish his box office throne yet.


Department stores: Macy’s sales fall, Kohl’s profit drops

Macy’s sales fell as it had a hard time pulling shoppers through its doors and Kohl’s reported a drop in quarterly profit Thursday, underscoring just how challenging the holiday shopping …


Sales of iPhone X begin: Can Apple live up to the hype?

Apple’s iPhone X went on sale Friday, as the company scrambles to meet demand for a marquee device that sports a lush screen, facial-recognition skills and a $1,000 price tag.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 1:57 p.m.

Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ tanks, ‘Saw’ sequel No. 1 with $16.3M

George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” notched one of the most dismal wide-release debuts in recent years on a sluggish pre-Halloween weekend where the horror sequel “Jigsaw” topped all releases despite an underperforming …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 10:58 a.m.

Storms surge and U.S. retail sales surge

Americans increased their spending at retailers last month by the most in two and a half years, driven by strong auto sales as residents of hurricane-ravaged areas replaced destroyed cars.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

Automakers bounce back with strong sales in September

Toyota, Honda, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen all posted strong monthly U.S. sales numbers, confirming expectations that a boost in sales from hurricane-ravaged Texas would push the industry to …


Eastern Idaho city OKs selling alcohol until 2 a.m.

Officials in an eastern Idaho city have approved the selling of wine and liquor until 2 a.m. so the city can be more successful at attracting businesses.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Nevada pot sales bigger than first months in other states

The first month of legal sales of recreational marijuana in Nevada significantly outpaced the opening month of sales in other states where it’s legal for adult use.


Online amnesty program aims to boost tax rolls

More than half the states with sales taxes are using a temporary amnesty program to corral scofflaw online businesses into their tax systems, just in time to reap sales taxes …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 1:17 p.m.

‘It’ floats away with record-breaking $117.2 million weekend

The Stephen King adaptation “It” from New Line and Warner Bros. shattered records over the weekend earning $117.2 million from 4,103 locations according to studio estimates on Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

Lego to cut 8 percent of its staff after sales drop

Danish toy maker Lego will cut 1,400 jobs, or about eight percent of its global workforce, after reporting a decline in sales and profits in the first half of 2017.


Box-office eclipse: Hollywood has worst weekend in years

Hollywood effectively took the weekend off, resulting in one of the most dismal box-office results in 16 years.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 6:57 p.m.

Walmart’s online sales soar as it seeks to catch Amazon

Walmart’s recent spending spree to try to catch up to Amazon seems to be paying off.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:09 a.m.

U.S. retail sales hit seven-month high in July

Consumers went out shopping in a big way in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in seven months.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Department store chains see key sales figures fall again

Macy’s, Kohl’s and Dillard’s all said Thursday that a key sales figure fell again in the latest quarter as customers increasingly shop online, at discount stores and elsewhere. Nordstrom, the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Tumbling prices can’t stop growth of Spokane County’s legal marijuana market on three-year anniversary

The same gram of weed that cost consumers $25 to $30 in 2014 will now set you back about $7, according to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. But Spokane …


McDonald’s makes supersized effort to turn fading popularity

The company that helped define fast food is making supersized efforts to reverse its fading popularity and catch up to a landscape that has evolved around it. That includes expanding …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

Amazon’s Prime Day proves to be its biggest shopping day ever

The e-commerce giant didn’t disclose a figure but said purchases made by members of its Prime loyalty program, to whom the discount extravaganza is geared, were 60 percent higher than …


Retailers want to work out your wallet – and your body

As retailers struggle to draw in shoppers who have migrated online, stores are seizing on one of the few bright spots in the industry – fitness and wellness – in …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 7:14 p.m.

SmartRecruiters plans sales office in downtown Spokane

SmartRecruiters is opening a Spokane sales office in March that will employ about 10 people.


Auto industry could break sales records yet again. But analysts see decline coming.

Automakers are on the cusp of a second record-breaking year for sales as dealers made an end-of-year push to empty their lots over the weekend. But even as the industry …


Cyber Monday transforms as shoppers are more connected

The Monday after Thanksgiving is still a time when millions of Americans pause to check out online deals and check off items from their gift list – but a one-day …


Marijuana sales surge in Washington

Sales of marijuana products in Washington state have for the first time surpassed $200 million in a quarter.