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UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

U.S. retail sales up just 0.2 pct. as consumers stay cautious

U.S. retail sales rose slightly in January after a sharp drop in December, reflecting caution taken by consumers amid a government shutdown and volatile stock market.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

U.S. retail sales up just 0.1 percent after previous strong gain

U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as consumers slowed their spending after a robust month of shopping in July.


U.S. retail sales up solid 0.3 pct. in April in hopeful sign

U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace in April, a sign that consumers may be rebounding from weak spending earlier this year and driving stronger economic growth.


Retail sales jump in November on strong holiday sales

U.S. consumers went on a shopping binge last month as the holiday season began, leading to big gains among online retailers, electronics stores and furniture stores.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:37 a.m.

U.S. retail sales rose for 2nd month led by cars, clothes

U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, as bullish consumers bought more cars, furniture and clothes.


Target sees highly competitive holiday on the way

A cautious outlook on the crucial holiday season overshadowed progress Target made in bringing more customers to its stores, pulling its shares down sharply. The shares of other retailers fell …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

U.S. retail sales dipped 0.2 pct. in August as auto sales fell

Consumers cut back on their shopping in August by the largest amount in six months as declining auto sales offset gains in other areas.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

Amazon goes on hiring spree as labor market tightens

Amazon has some job openings. Lots of them. The company said Wednesday that it’s looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the U.S.


U.S. retail sales fall for a 2nd month as consumers pull back

Americans curtailed their shopping in June, with less spending at restaurants, department stores and gasoline stations. The spending pullback came despite a healthy job market and suggests that economic growth …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 1:53 p.m.

Clothing retailer H&M plans NorthTown Mall store

H&M, a Swedish clothing retailer, will open a new store in NorthTown Mall in fall, officials have announced.


U.S. retail sales slide 0.3 percent, biggest drop in 16 months

Americans cut spending at gasoline stations, department stores and electronics shops in May as retail sales registered their biggest drop in 16 months, a cautionary sign for the economy.


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 2:03 p.m.

It’s back to steady for U.S. economy as retail sales, CPI rise

The U.S. economy is back on track for steady growth, though not much more. Data released Friday showed consumer retail purchases rose last month, albeit less than forecast, after a …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Retail sales up 7.3 percent in Spokane County at end of 2016

Shoppers in a holiday spending mood boosted taxable retail sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 across Washington, including the Spokane area.


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

Nordstrom reports growth in 1Q profit, disappointing sales

Nordstrom Inc. said Thursday its overall profit jumped 37 percent at its department stores in the first quarter, but a key sales gauge fell short of Wall Street expectations.


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.


Americans spent slightly more at retail stores last month

Americans spent only slightly more in February at retail stores compared with January, a sign of consumer caution despite rising optimism about the economy.


Nordstrom’s nixing of Ivanka Trump brand backed by sales data, reports WSJ

Nordstrom, which has said its decision to drop the Ivanka Trump line was based on business rather than politics, reportedly saw sales of that line drop by a third over …


Retail malaise puts pressure on chains to shutter more stores

Reeling from a shaky holiday season and slowing mall traffic, U.S. retailers are facing increasing pressure to close stores as more of their business migrates to the internet.


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.


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 …


U.S. retail sales jump 0.8 pct. in sign of consumer health

American consumers ramped up their spending last month in a sign of robust health heading into the crucial holiday shopping season.


US retail sales rebounded 0.6 pct. in September

WASHINGTON – U.S. shoppers increased their spending in September, with sharp rises in sales at auto dealers, restaurants and gas stations. Retail sales rose 0.6 percent in September, a rebound …


Retail sales fall 0.3 percent in August

Retail sales fell in August, during what is traditionally back-to-school shopping season, as shoppers continued to rein in their spending. It was the first drop since March.


U.S. economy looks resilient as retailers, industry surge

Americans spent more money at retailers and factories revved up production in June, offering encouraging signs of the U.S. economy’s resilience in the face of global headwinds.


Retail sales rose in May for 2nd straight month

Retail sales last month rose 0.5 percent from April to $455.6 billion, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. It was the second straight month of increases.


As online shopping intensifies, outlook dims for mall stores

Americans stepped up their online shopping and bought more autos in April, suggesting that consumers may be spending more than indicated by a slump among major retailers.


Low gas prices drag down US retail sales in February

U.S. retail sales slipped last month, pulled down by sharply lower gas prices, and Americans spent much less in January than previously estimated. The figures suggest that consumers remain cautious …


Retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop

U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.


Retail sales growth forecast at 3.1 percent in 2016

The National Retail Federation is forecasting retail spending growth of 3.1 percent in 2016, a slowdown from the group’s annual estimate a year ago.


UPDATED: Tue., May 13, 2014, 5:02 p.m.

Sales tax rebound aids cities, counties

Local governments are looking to consumers to keep spending their way out of what’s been a mild economic recovery. From 2008 to 2010, consumers reined in retail purchases and the …