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Retailers step up personalization on their websites

Shoppers will see more personalization based on where they are and what they’ve bought before on the Walmart website, as the retailer and several other stores try to build stronger …

U.S. industries can start counting their benefits from tax law

Craft breweries are raising a glass to the Republicans’ new tax overhaul: It cuts the excise tax on beer. Retailers, long saddled with heavy tax bills, will get relief. So …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

Calendar quirk, Amazon, put pressure on retailers to deliver

With Christmas on a Monday, most retailers have one less day to get packages delivered on time. Some are pushing up their deadlines for standard delivery or free shipping. And …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Click to unwrap: More retailers are letting customers send digital gifts this holiday season

This year, more retailers are giving desperate last-minute shoppers another option – e-gifts.

Fit or miss? Retailers offer new tools to help shoppers

Stores watching Amazon take a larger share of clothing sales are trying to solve one of the most vexing issues for online shoppers: Finding items that fit properly.

Survey: Hurricanes limit hiring in September to 135,000 jobs

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hobbled U.S. hiring last month, with businesses adding just 135,000 jobs, the fewest in nearly a year, a private survey found.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

Trump goes after Amazon, again

President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, and he says the company is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers.”

UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Spokane County marijuana businesses net $15 million in March

The figure is an increase over revenue from the previous month, but reflects slower growth than in previous years, according to at least one store owner. The industry generated $3 …

Fair tax collection includes online sales

Various bills to require online retailers to collect all the different sales taxes have stalled in Congress, despite bipartisan support.

Retail CEOs meet with Trump, call meeting ‘productive’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday met with a group of executives from big-name retailers such as Target and Best Buy, a conversation in which the industry planned to make the …

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.

Ailing Korean shipper Hanjin moves to resolve cargo chaos

Moving to unsnarl the chaos in its container cargo after it filed for bankruptcy protection, Hanjin Shipping Co. will seek stay orders in dozens of countries, the Financial Services Commission …

Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers

Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute …

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.

Millwood gets big marijuana tax reimbursement

Millwood, a suburb of roughly 1,800 residents, recently got its first check from Washington state as a reimbursement of marijuana tax revenue.

Spokane retailers both cautious, merry on season’s success

A holiday shopping season that could be described as marginal to fair for retailers continued Thursday with returns, exchanges and post-Christmas markdowns. Lyn Lukich often shops on Dec. 26, and …

Some shoppers opt for Thanksgiving Day deals

Normally, Lisa Thompson is pulling a turkey out of the oven at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day while her extended family gathers for a leisurely afternoon of feasting. This year, …

Large liquor retailers want fee break, too

OLYMPIA – State lawmakers extended a lifeline this year to small liquor stores who had struggled under the new privatization rules, but that change has also opened the door for …

Response to online daily coupons losing deal for retailers

Suzzette Metcalfe, owner of Milwaukee’s Pasta Tree restaurant, picked up some marketing advice at a recent restaurant industry seminar in Las Vegas: Do not do Groupon. “But I’d already done …

Big retailers post profit

Three major retailers – a discounter, a midpriced department store and an upscale chain – said their profits were up in the fiscal third quarter, showing significant improvement over last …

Stores make last-minute offers

With just one Christmas shopping day left and snow hampering sales in Spokane, retailers are trying to entice buyers today and for post-holiday shopping. Holiday sales could be the worst …

Enticements to buy

Most big retailers count on the fourth quarter to produce the year’s highest sales. But this year’s fourth quarter might be one of the worst in memory, retail representatives say. …

Enticing the spenders

Most big retailers count on the fourth quarter to produce the year’s highest sales. But this year’s fourth quarter might be one of the worst in memory, retail representatives say. …