Stories tagged: Shopping
Fri., April 14, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
U.S. retail sales fell in March, second straight monthly drop
Americans pulled back on their spending at auto dealers and restaurants in March, causing retail sales to drop despite signs of a healthy job market.
Mon., April 10, 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Retail woes drag takeover premiums to lowest level since 2008
The retail trends that are keeping U.S. shoppers away from malls are also putting a damper on deal-making. The number of mergers involving apparel, shoes and jewelry dropped 12 percent …
Sun., April 9, 2017, 4:10 a.m.
Stores closing at a record pace as e-commerce chews up retailers
The rapid descent of so many retailers has left shopping malls with hundreds of slots to fill, and the pain could be just beginning. More than 10 percent of U.S. …
Tue., March 21, 2017, 6 a.m.
Spokane will mine shopping data to see what’s missing downtown
What’s missing from downtown Spokane’s retail and service scene? The city and several business groups hope to take the guesswork out of filling the gaps by tapping into sales analytics.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:27 p.m.
Target to launch new brands, lower prices after quarterly results disappoint
Target Corp. will invest in lowering prices, remodeling hundreds of stores, and launching more than a dozen new exclusive brands over the coming year in an effort to jump-start sales …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:27 a.m.
U.S. consumer confidence rises to highest level since 2001
U.S. consumer confidence rose to the highest level in more than 15 years, good news for the economy. The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index rose to 114.8 in …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, midnight
BBB Tip of the Week: Look out for fashion fakes
Spring is just around the corner, and a new outfit or purse can be a great way to change seasons. Seventy-six percent of the online fashion scams reported to BBB …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 6:39 a.m.
More pay, greater confidence lifts US retail sales 0.6 pct.
Americans stepped up their auto buying and online shopping in December, reflecting a boost in confidence after the election and a solid increase in pay.
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley in deal that could top $1 billion
Sears Holdings will sell its well-known Craftsman tools brand to Stanley Black & Decker, the latest in a recent flurry of moves the retailer is making to generate cash after …
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Today is expected to be the biggest day ever for online returns
The shipping company says it expects to process a record 1.3 million return packages – nearly double its typical load – on Thursday, which it has dubbed National Returns Day.
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 5:36 p.m.
Jan. 3 is expected to be one of the holiday season’s busiest shopping days
There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Sunday. Now another frenzied affair joins the shopping line-up: Holiday Hangover Day. This year, it falls on Tuesday, Jan. 3, the day …
Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, 1 p.m.
Online shopping makes it easier for consumers, but returns are still a hassle
E-commerce purchases can be made with little effort, but shoppers say the returns are almost never as straightforward.
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 1:14 p.m.
Holiday sales may have jumped 4.9% in biggest gain since 2005
Holiday shoppers abandoned their early reluctance and boosted spending as the season wore on, pushing U.S. sales to the biggest increase in more than a decade, according to research firm …
Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, 7:59 p.m.
Drone sales soaring this Christmas, capping a record year for the industry
Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift? It’s not too late to buy a drone, the gift that 1 in 5 people say they’d like to receive and that 1.2 …
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 12:23 p.m.
Moscow Shop with a Cop event brings joy to Idaho children
About 15 local law enforcement officers could be seen inside the Moscow Wal-Mart on Saturday morning, and it was not because a huge crime had been reported.
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
In defense of the last-minute shopper
You people who finished your Christmas shopping long ago tend to look down on last-minute gift buyers. Don’t deny it.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 8:34 a.m.
Retail sales increased less than forecast in November
Sales at U.S. retailers rose less than forecast in November, representing a pause in spending after robust gains in the previous two months.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 2:37 p.m.
Four changes shoppers will see as they buy on their phones
Shoppers buying on their phones this holiday season will see new ways stores are making it easier and faster as they try to lock in sales before people swipe to …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 10:16 a.m.
U.S. consumer spending, incomes rose in October
U.S. consumers boosted their spending again in October, while their incomes increased at the fastest clip in six months. A key gauge of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve posted …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 9:46 a.m.
Bargain hunters roil retailers looking for Black Friday bounce
Thrifty U.S. consumers carefully picked over Black Friday discounts during the four-day weekend, leaving retailers with less money in their registers and a lukewarm kickoff to the holiday season.
Sat., Nov. 26, 2016, 8:42 p.m.
Shoppers show up big for Black Friday sales at Cascade Mall
Past shooting at Burlington, Wash., mall doesn’t slow shoppers from taking on Black Friday.
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 3 p.m.
Holiday price war intensifies as Wal-Mart, Target pursue Amazon
Wal-Mart, Target and other brick-and-mortar chains are counting on heavier discounts and a bigger online selection to keep up with Amazon.com this holiday season.
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 6:58 a.m.
Shoppers hunt for deals, hit the shops for entertainment
Shoppers were on the hunt for deals and were at the stores for entertainment Friday as malls opened for what is still one of the busiest days of the year, …
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 5 a.m.
Black Friday or Apple Cup? You can do both
There are deals to be had in stores during Black Friday sales, but there’s just one tiny problem this year. The Apple Cup.
Thu., Nov. 24, 2016, 7:28 p.m.
Some gobble down turkey, then shop to start holiday season
Thanksgiving Day, rather than the day afterward, has become the start of the holiday shopping season in a shift that delights some and disgusts others.
Thu., Nov. 24, 2016, 6:54 a.m.
Holiday shopping? Bring these 4 money-saving apps with you
If you’re looking to save a few bucks at the mall while holiday shopping, charge up the smartphone and bring these apps with you.
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, midnight
Black Friday has spread way beyond one day; here’s what you need to know
You’ve seen the TV commercials promising “Black Friday prices now!” for the last couple of weeks and online retailers have bombarded your email inbox with special deals and free holiday …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 11:59 a.m.
Wal-Mart getting jump on Cyber Monday; will start sales Friday
NEW YORK – Cyber Monday is starting earlier and earlier. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it’s kicking off its so-called “Cyber Monday” deals at 12:01 a.m. EST Friday for …
Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, midnight
Major retailers mixed on embracing Thanksgiving hours
This year, a number of chains kept their Thanksgiving plans under wraps, which heightened speculation that turkey day might be reverting to its shop-free roots.