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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 11:50 a.m.

Solid earnings from major U.S. retailers drive stocks higher

U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in midday trading Wednesday as investors welcomed a batch of strong earnings reports from several big retailers.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Department stores make room for used fashion

As department stores watch their customers flock to secondhand stores, some are trying to bring them back by partnering with online resale sites.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

Eddie Bauer to shut down its Midwest call center, send jobs overseas

In yet another example of a beloved Northwest retailer trying to turn itself around, Eddie Bauer will shutter a call center near Columbus, Ohio, and eliminate 111 jobs there in …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 7:57 p.m.

A ‘pivotal year’: New Nordstrom NYC Flagship store part of a huge bet on the the company’s future

In just over two months, Nordstrom executives and other luminaries will descend on midtown Manhattan to christen one of the largest, most ambitious projects in the company’s 118-year history – …


Adidas’ Greg Thomsen talks outdoors

When 40-year outdoor industry veteran Greg Thomsen launched Adidas’ U.S. outdoors


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Sears at NorthTown Mall to close by late October

The location is the only one that will be shuttered in Washington state in this latest round of closures but is among 26 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide that will …


Lover of dollhouses and miniatures transformed her passion into 20 years of business success

Bobbi Jo Krakenberg owns Bobbi Jo’s Miniatures and Dollhouses and operates the store specializing in miniatures and dollhouses and their furnishings from her Spokane Valley home. She’s never advertised.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 3:04 p.m.

South Hill development plans include retail, apartments, Southeast Sports Complex upgrades

A plot of land known as the KXLY site is slated is slated to be turned into apartments, retail shopping, parking lots and soccer field improvements with a few years.


The NASA logo is having a moment

The NASA logo is having a moment in the retail spotlight


Garland Resale Boutique opening Friday in downtown Spokane

Garland Resale Boutique is opening today in downtown Spokane following months of work to repair damage from a fire earlier this year. The boutique was set to open in March …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m.

As big chain bookstores struggle, independent booksellers in Spokane area and elsewhere enjoy a resurgence

The Well-Read Moose in Coeur d’Alene and Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane are among the many independent bookstores in the area riding a national wave of resurgence.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

U.S.-China trade dispute weighing on retail sector

Pressure from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China continues to weigh on the retail sector.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Retailers, shoppers could feel more pain if tariffs spread

An escalating trade war with China could mean higher prices on a broad array of products but some retailers will be less equipped to handle the pain than others, leaving …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

Women’s clothing chain Dressbarn to close all its 650 stores

Dressbarn, the women’s clothing chain, is closing all 650 of its stores after struggling with falling sales.


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Amazon takes top stake in U.K. food delivery firm Deliveroo

Amazon is investing in British meal delivery company Deliveroo, expanding its reach into food retailing.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Walmart ups the delivery game with next day shipping

Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars with Amazon.


Lord & Taylor may be put on the block soon

Lord & Taylor, one of the country’s oldest department stores, may be put up for sale.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Pop Up Shop plans relocation to River Park Square

The Pop Up Shop, presently in Steam Plant Square, is rebranding and relocating to River Park Square, a move that will accommodate additional space for artists to sell locally-made goods.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Holiday season defines winners and losers in retail

The 2018 holiday season turned out to be a mixed bag for retailers, with some of them defying a gloomy government report in December that raised concerns that shoppers were …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

Honest in Ivory sells designer wedding gowns in warehouse space

Cassie David named her bridal boutique Honest in Ivory. She thought something “a little cheeky” would be appropriate.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Shopko to close North Spokane, Spokane Valley and Pullman stores

Shopko will close two additional stores in the Spokane area as the Wisconsin-based retailer seeks to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy.


Creative Office opens Spokane office furniture store

The Creative Office, an Olympia-based office supply and furniture company, has opened a store at 10102 E. Knox Ave.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Etailz reduces staff following parent company losses

Etailz has reduced its staff by 20 percent after its parent company reported $14 million in losses during the third quarter.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 2:49 p.m.

Strong economy does little to lift department store sales

Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales over the holidays in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap …


Then and Now: The Palace and J.C. Penney

The old Palace building got a complete makeover in mid-century style, for the incoming J.C. Penney store.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

Early holiday shopping numbers on track to break season records

On Wednesday, MasterCard SpendingPulse – which tracks retail spending trends – said holiday sales had seen the strongest growth in the past six years, surging 5.1 percent to more than …


Seaview Global, maker of mounts for marine electronics, opens Liberty Lake office

Seaview Global has opened an office and warehouse in Liberty Lake, employing five people. The company designs and makes mounts for marine electronics on vessels, including radars, satellites, GPS, and …


Campfire Couture opens in downtown Sandpoint

Kimberly Stoddard has opened Campfire Couture in Sandpoint. The shop at 319 First Ave. sells heirloom quality clothing and accessories from independent designers and local artists.


Retail group says holiday season off to a strong start

The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that consumer spending has been strong, fueled by a better economy and stores’ investments in online services including features that allow shoppers to buy …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

Cyber Monday sales increase by nearly 20 percent

With consumers already shopping more online, Cyber Monday is expected to bring in record e-commerce sales as retailers’ digital operations face their first major test of the season.