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How Target CEO Brian Cornell is facing down a retail apocalypse

Now facing increased competition from Amazon.com and a resurgent Wal-Mart Stores, Cornell, 58, has responded by unveiling a $7 billion plan to open smaller urban stores, remodel others and lower …


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.


Retailers take another look at printed catalogs

In a time of explosive growth for online buying, retailers and shoppers are showing renewed interest in a humble purchasing device that uses paper instead of pixels.


Small Business Saturday draws focus on hand-crafted items, Spokane-area merchants

U.S. consumers will spend billions of dollars on holiday gifts this year. When some of that money trickles into small retail establishments, it has an outsized effect on the local …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

European Wax Center to open in Spokane Valley

European Wax Center is opening a Spokane Valley location.


JC Penney is the bright spot for retail this week

J.C. Penney delivered some encouraging news: It reported a solid rise in sales at established stores Friday, reversing four straight quarters of declines. It also posted a smaller-than-expected loss for …


New retail tenants move into former Post Falls outlet mall

A costume rental shop, tactical gear store and virtual golf store have moved into the Tedder Business Center, a former factory outlet mall in Post Falls near Interstate 90.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Pullman gets help to recruit retail

Pullman officials are hoping a new partnership with a consultant can bring much-needed retail dollars to the city.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 5:55 p.m.

Target says customers want it to pause the ‘Christmas creep’

Target says customers want it to pause the “Christmas creep.” It says it wants to be more in tune with customers’ mindset, so it plans to ease in holiday promotions …


Hopeful take advantage of J.C. Penney seasonal hiring event in Spokane

With less than 70 days left to get Christmas shopping done, the J.C. Penney retail chain had a nationwide hiring event Tuesday, with plans to hire more 100 new employees …


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: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

Retail group expects holiday sales to rise 3.6 to 4 percent

With stores closing and retailers filing for bankruptcy, a trade group says it still expects holiday sales to at least match the 3.6 percent growth of a year ago, as …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

Longtime Kohl’s CEO Kevin Mansell to retire

Kohl’s longtime CEO Kevin Mansell is retiring and will be replaced by Michelle Gass, a former Starbucks executive who has been with the company since 2013.


Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring

Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization this week, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring.


Walmart to offer extra holiday hours for current workers

Walmart won’t be doing large-scale holiday hiring at its stores this year. Instead, like last year, it will offer extra hours to its current workers.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy, but keeps stores open

Toys ‘R’ Us, the big box toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season …


Amazon announces southwest Ohio center, 1,000 jobs coming

Amazon has made it official: It plans to locate one of its fulfillment centers in the southwest Ohio city of Monroe, bringing more than 1,000 jobs.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 11:56 a.m.

Long-sought Coeur d’Alene maternity, baby supply store Mother’s Haven closing

Mother’s Haven, a Coeur d’Alene retail fixture for 17 years, will close Sept. 30 and move to online sales.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 12:13 p.m.

Target bumps up holiday hiring by 40 percent this year

Target is hiring 100,000 people to work during the hectic holiday shopping season, up 40 percent from last year.


Amazon’s surprise plan for HQ2 is a bold experiment

Amazon.com is about to test whether expertise delivering packages across a continent translates to skill in getting executives in far-flung cities to play nice together.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:11 p.m.

Consumers struggle to get answers from Equifax after massive hack

After announcing millions of people were impacted by an unprecedented hack on its systems, Equifax faced a customer service nightmare as panicked masses turned to a website and customer service …


Amazon plans to build second, ‘equal’ headquarters outside Seattle

Amazon.com has outgrown Seattle. The e-commerce giant, which employs about 40,000 people in the city after a hiring boom and urban build-out with little precedent in modern American history, is …


U.S. productivity improved at ho-hum 1.5%. rate in spring

U.S. workers’ productivity rose a bit more this spring than initially reported, but the gains were relatively weak and a key reason why recent economic growth has been modest.


Kohl’s to open Amazon shops inside some of its stores

Kohl’s said Wednesday that it will open up Amazon shops in 10 of its stores, making it the latest department store operator to make a deal with the e-commerce giant.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:11 p.m.

Macy’s, Best Buy expanding same-day delivery service

Macy’s and Best Buy are expanding their same-day delivery as they aim to become more competitive with online leader Amazon.


Amazon plans to add another massive Oregon warehouse

Amazon plans to hire more than 1,000 full-time employees to work in a new packing and shipping warehouse in Salem, Oregon.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is now America’s biggest company town

Amazon.com’s extraordinary growth has turned Seattle into the biggest company town in America.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 1:54 p.m.

Amazon cuts prices at Whole Foods by up to 43 percent on first day

Amazon spent its first day as the owner of a brick-and-mortar grocery chain cutting prices at Whole Foods Market.


Sears to close more stores as sales continue fall in 2Q

Sears continued to struggle in its second quarter with declining sales amid heightened competition from the likes of Walmart to Amazon. It now says it will close even more stores.


Oregon taxpayers will get ‘kicker’ tax rebate

Oregon will send more than $460 million back to taxpayers next year, after the surging economy led to unexpectedly strong tax collections, state economists said Wednesday.