Retail and wholesale

FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo shoppers look at toys at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 15, 2018 - 10:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart, armed with grocery and other online services, is proving it can do battle with Amazon. The world's largest retailer delivered strong third-quarter results Thursday, extending a streak of sales growth into its 11th straight quarter that showed it's pulling shoppers online...
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FILE - This Tuesday, April 10, 2018 file photo shows vaping devices, including a Juul, center, that were confiscated from students at a high school in Marshfield, Mass. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, San Francisco-based Juul Labs Inc. announced it had stopped filling orders for its mango, fruit, creme and cucumber pods but not menthol and mint. It will sell all flavors through its website and limit sales to those 21 and older. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
November 13, 2018 - 7:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's leading e-cigarette maker is halting store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids. The move by Juul Labs Inc. comes ahead of an expected U.S. government crackdown on underage sales of flavored e-cigarettes. Juul said it stopped filling store orders Tuesday for mango...
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November 13, 2018 - 11:20 am
SEATTLE (AP) — As Amazon turns its attention to setting up new homes in Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia, experts and historians in Seattle say both places can expect a delicate relationship with the world's hottest online retailer. The communities will be subject to outsized...
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November 13, 2018 - 5:25 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hard to escape. Whether you've bought shoes at Zappos, picked up milk at Whole Foods or listened to an audiobook on Audible, you've been caught up in Amazon's growing web of businesses. And now, Amazon's sprawling empire will stretch even further. The company is expected...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2018 file photo, Jim Craig, David Burke and Chris Rayner load generators as people buy supplies at The Home Depot in Wilmington, N.C. Home Depot Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, Nov. 13. (Ken Blevins/The Star-News via AP, File)
November 13, 2018 - 5:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot breezed past all expectations in the third quarter and raised its annual profit expectations again as Americans plow money into their homes, even amid hints that the housing market is cooling. Comparable-store sales, a key indicator of a retailer's health, rose 4.8...
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A worker talks on his cellphone as he uses his laptop computer at the command center at the headquarters of e-commerce retailer JD.com in Beijing, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. 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. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
November 11, 2018 - 7:04 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Online shoppers in China have shattered last year's record of $24 billion in sales on the country's annual buying frenzy Sunday, as the tradition marked its 10th year. The spending binge has for years eclipsed Cyber Monday in the U.S. for online purchases made on a single day. This...
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Jack Ma, Alibaba's chairman, chats after the start of Alibaba's 11.11 Global Shopping Festival held in Shanghai, China, early Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. What started out ten years ago as a day of online promotion with US$7.8million in sales has grown into the world's biggest e-commerce event generating US$25.3billion in 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
November 10, 2018 - 9:02 pm
SHANGHAI (AP) — 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,...
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November 09, 2018 - 2:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's antitrust authority has cleared the planned merger of the country's two main department store chains, ruling that it doesn't threaten competition at a time when online retail is rising. The Federal Cartel Office said Friday that the two companies exceed a combined 25 percent...
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FILE- In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo a customer removes her purchases from a CVS Pharmacy cart in Jackson, Miss. CVS Health Corp. reports earnings Tuesday, Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
November 06, 2018 - 7:59 am
More prescriptions and lower taxes pushed CVS Health past third-quarter expectations as the pharmacy giant closed in on a deal it will use to change how millions of people manage their health. CVS Health said Tuesday that it expects to complete its $69 billion acquisition of the nation's third-...
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FILE- In this May 29, 2018, file photo a patron departs a Starbucks inside Chicago's famed Loop in Chicago. Starbucks Corp. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
November 01, 2018 - 3:31 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A jump in U.S. sales helped Starbucks end its fiscal year on a high note. Starbucks Corp. said its same-store sales — a critical measure for retailers — rose 4 percent in the U.S. in its fiscal fourth quarter. That helped its global same-store sales rise 3 percent, ahead of analysts...
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