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Retailers hope for certainty as Supreme Court hears tax case

Retailers are hoping for a resolution this year from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Tuesday in a decades-old dispute: Whether companies must collect sales tax on items sold in …


Spokane area home prices continue ascent

Average home prices in the Spokane area continue to rise, reflecting demand for homes and a declining inventory.


Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ tops holiday box office

Steven Spielberg has found his way back to the top of the box office with the action-adventure “Ready Player One,” while Tyler Perry has scored again with “Acrimony.”


Citigroup puts restrictions on gun sales

Citigroup put new restrictions on firearm sales by its business customers, the company said Thursday, making it the first bank to announce changes to its policies in the wake of …


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

‘Black Panther,’ 4 weeks in, tops ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

T’Challa still rules the box office four weeks in, even with the fresh rivalry of another Walt Disney Studios release in “A Wrinkle in Time.”


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 1:11 p.m.

J.C. Penney says it has cut jobs, offers muted outlook

Department store chain J.C. Penney says it has cut more than 300 jobs and reported disappointing sales at established stores for the quarter that includes the holiday season. It also …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Dick’s ends sales of assault-style rifles in stores

Dick’s Sporting Goods, a major U.S. retailer, will immediately halt sales of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines at all of its stores and ban the sale of all guns to …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Second weekend for ‘Black Panther’ is one of the best ever

“Black Panther” scored one of the best second weekends ever with an estimated $108 million in ticket sales, putting it on track to rank among the highest-grossing blockbusters ever.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

U.S. inflation pressures raising expectations for interest rate hikes

Inflation pressures appear to be building in the U.S. economy, a prospect that is heightening anxiety about potentially higher borrowing rates that could slow economic growth.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 5:07 p.m.

Average auto prices rise 4 percent – an early sign of inflation

Auto sales were strong in January, with average prices up 4 percent – an early sign of an inflationary economy.


National survey finds sales up for companies, and so are wages

Sales and profits picked up for companies at the end of last year, and more say they’re paying their workers higher wages and salaries in the latest signs that the …


10 under $10: Take in a violin master class with Mira Wang

1. Violin Master Class with Mira Wang 3-5 p.m., Friday, Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. Chinese violinist Mira Wang will perform the U.S. premiere of …


‘Jumanji’ tops ‘The Post,’ ‘The Commuter’ at MLK box office

Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Taraji P. Henson and Paddington Bear and all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” still roared …


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.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:36 p.m.

Kohl’s joins holiday party; department stores show staying power

Kohl’s put up strong sales numbers throughout November and December, joining other traditional department stores in a much needed holiday rally.


Should police sell guns? Some chiefs say no

The Smith & Wesson 9 mm that Juhl used to kill himself in Yakima in 2014 was familiar to law enforcement: The Washington State Patrol had seized it years earlier …


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.