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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.


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 …