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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Supply chains in Spokane improving, but items still selling out

The paper products aisles at several Spokane grocery stores on Wednesday afternoon continued to be deserted islands of shelves with placards reminding shoppers to take just one package each. While supply chains are improving at local stores, managers believe it could take suppliers weeks to catch up to the panic-buying onslaught that emptied most supplies of paper products, flour, sugar, eggs, pasta, canned goods and sanitizing wipes.

Costco posts strong results but faces margin scrutiny

At first glance, Costco’s latest quarterly earnings look like the kind of results that would be the envy of any young, fast-growing company. The 35-year-old Issaquah-based retailer grew sales 10.2 percent during its fiscal 2019 first quarter to $35.1 billion and inked a profit of $767 million, or $1.73 per share, up more than 19 percent. The median estimate of 23 financial analysts following the company was for earnings of $1.63 per share.

Police search for stabbing suspect near Costco in Spokane Valley

A man was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Monday evening after being stabbed by someone he knew near the Costco in Spokane Valley. The stabbing happened under the drive-through cover of the Intermountain Community Bank near Costco. Deputies said both were believed to be transients.

Black Friday crowds small, but determined, at locations throughout Spokane

Stores were bustling Friday morning but most early bargain hunters said it didn’t seem like the rush was as intense as it had been in past years. With several stores opening Thursday evening and deals available online, those who did brave the early morning chill said they had specific items in mind and were mostly shopping for themselves.