US retail sales rose scant 0.2% in November

Business 12/14/18, 08:34

U.S. retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping were offset by lower gasoline prices.FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shoppers walk through Dolphin Mall while shopping on Black Friday in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)The Commerce Department said Friday that ...

Alabama AG taking over case of black man killed by police

U.S. 12/13/18, 12:45

The investigation of the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer inside Alabama's largest shopping mall is now in the hands of the state attorney general, he announced Thursday.Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said at a news conference that his office will oversee the case to prevent ...

Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

U.S. 12/11/18, 17:43

The explosion in online shopping has led to porch pirates and stoop surfers swiping holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. The cops in one New Jersey city are trying to catch the thieves with some trickery of their own.Police in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from New York, are teaming ...

Alabama mall shooting suspect seeks police video

U.S. 12/05/18, 09:55

A man charged in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall on Thanksgiving is asking to see police video of the entire incident, which ended with police shooting and killing another man.An attorney for Erron Brown, 20, of Bessemer made the request in a court document filed late Tuesday.The request ...

Economic chill dulls Chinese appetite for some luxury brands

Business 12/04/18, 15:11

The designer boutiques of Manhattan and Paris are feeling the chill of a Chinese economic slowdown that has hammered automakers and other industries.It's a rude awakening for such designer brands as Louis Vuitton and Burberry that increasingly rely on Chinese customers who spend $90 billion a year on jewelry, clothes ...

Mall shooting suspects agrees on return to Alabama

U.S. 11/30/18, 12:51

A man arrested in Georgia in a Thanksgiving night shooting at a shopping mall near Birmingham has agreed to return to Alabama to face charges.Erron Martez Dequan Brown appeared emotionless during a brief hearing Friday before a magistrate judge in Atlanta.This Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 photo released by the Fulton ...

Update: City cancels Christmas event after shooting

U.S. 11/28/18, 15:02

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a black man at an Alabama shopping mall (all times local): 2 p.m. An Alabama city is canceling its Christmas tree lighting after police shot and killed a black man inside a shopping mall on Thanksgiving. Demonstrators protesting the death of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr. had ...

Ikea moving into city centers to adapt to consumer changes

Europe 11/28/18, 05:16

An airport worker drops by Warsaw's newest Ikea store during her lunch break to finish up plans for a home refurbishment. Around her, people drift in and out of the shop, placing small houseware items in big yellow bags as cafe tables fill up with people just stopping in for ...

Retail group says holiday season off to a strong start

Business 11/27/18, 16:24

The holiday shopping season has gotten off to a "very strong" start, according to the largest U.S. retail trade group.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 online ...

As online shopping surges, so too does Cyber Monday’s riches

Business 11/26/18, 15:22

Like Black Friday, Cyber Monday is spreading out into a week-long shopping fest, with Amazon, Walmart and Target calling it "Cyber Week."Still, Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in U.S. history, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online sales at 80 of the top 100 retail ...

Stocks bounce back as tech, retail and banks jump

Business 11/26/18, 15:12

Global markets are rising Monday as big technology stocks recover some of their recent losses and retailers and travel companies climb on the first full trading day of the holiday shopping season. Banks are rising with interest rates.Indexes in Europe and Asia are also higher. London's main stock index jumped ...

On Cyber Monday, Pope urges generosity, not consumerism

Europe 11/26/18, 12:43

Pope Francis says the "sickness of consumerism" is the enemy of generosity as he called for the faithful to give a little something to the poor.Francis made the comments during his morning homily Monday, so-called Cyber Monday when online retailers woo shoppers with bargains ahead of Christmas.Francis made no mention ...

Keeping staffers motivated, productive during the holidays

Business 11/26/18, 11:37

The holiday season can be a motivation and productivity killer at some small businesses. Staffers may spend time chatting or shopping online, ask to leave early for children's holiday events or just not be in the mood to work.The companies with the most holiday problems are likely to be ones ...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are increasingly merging

Business 11/24/18, 14:44

The physical rush of Black Friday and the armchair browsing of Cyber Monday are increasingly blending into one big holiday shopping event as more customers buy items online and pick them up at brick-and-mortar stores.Adobe Analytics reported Saturday that customers' online orders that were picked up at stores increased 73 ...

Cyber Monday shoppers will see more sites charging sales tax

Business 11/23/18, 12:03

Shoppers heading online to purchase holiday gifts will find they're being charged sales tax at some websites where they weren't before. The reason: the Supreme Court. A June ruling gave states the go-ahead to require more companies to collect sales tax on online purchases. Now, more than two dozen have moved ...

Oil price plunge sends ripples through global economy

World 11/21/18, 07:00

A sharp drop in the price of oil is sending ripples through the global economy, lending more spending power to consumers — particularly for Americans' big holiday shopping spree — but potentially dampening investment in U.S. oil production. While the fall doesn't yet match the 2014-2016 slump to $26 per barrel, ...

Black Friday: Shop it or skip it?

U.S. 11/13/18, 20:20

A solid 70 percent of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday this year, according to a recent NerdWallet study conducted by The Harris Poll.But the nature of a day centered around shopping can almost inevitably lead to overspending.Here are three ways to tell whether participating in Black Friday is ...

Small businesses band together for Small Business Saturday

Business 11/12/18, 15:53

Many small and independent retailers who are holding Small Business Saturday shopping events Thanksgiving weekend are banding together with others, believing that there's strength in numbers.Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and what are called big ...

China’s annual shopping frenzy shatters records again

Business 11/11/18, 01:02

Online shoppers spent more than $14 billion within the first two hours of China's annual buying frenzy on Sunday, once again breaking records as the consumer tradition enters its 10th year.The spending binge breaks from gloomy forecasts about the world's second-largest economy, which is struggling with a tariff war with ...

Merry Marketplace coming to town

Texas 10/28/18, 21:04

The Junior League of Odessa will bring the 36th Annual Merry Marketplace to the Ector County Coliseum next month. The weekend-long shopping event will give attendees the chance to stock up on holiday gifts and support the community. Monica Langford, Merry Marketplace chairwoman, described the Merry Marketplace as a Christmas wonderland. “This ...

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