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May retail sales fell 1.3% as Americans spend less on goods

Jun. 15, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales fell in May, dragged down by a decline in auto sales and a shift by Americans to spend more on vacations and other services instead of goods. Total sales dropped a seasonally adjusted 1.3% in May from the month before, the U.S. Commerce...

Wyoming store a witness to national collector card craze

Jun. 13, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — In a year when sports and trading card collecting has set records and sold out of stores, four athletes known by a single name top the list of most popular cards, joined by an unlikely addition. Kobe. LeBron. Michael. Zion. ...

As children return to classrooms, stores expect strong sales

Jun. 10, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As more children go back to the physical classroom and families look to restart their lives, back-to-school spending this year could top pre-pandemic levels, according to one key spending measure. Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across...

Retailers shine a spotlight on Black-owned beauty brands

Jun. 08, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Rose Ingleton launched her own namesake skincare line two years ago, she couldn't break into the big chains and was forced to use her own funds and get financial help from family and friends. But things changed after the nationwide Black Lives...

Walmart to again close its US stores on Thanksgiving Day

Jun. 04, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it will close its U.S. stores on Thanksgiving for the second consecutive year. The nation's largest retailer and biggest private employer said Friday that it wants to give workers time off for all their “hard work and dedication" to the...

Walmart aims to empower workers with own devices, new app

Jun. 03, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

New York (AP) — Walmart is coming out with a new app for its store workers' phones that allows them to do a variety of tasks from digitally clocking into work to helping locate merchandise and answering customers’ questions. It also has a push-to-talk feature to let...

Amazon to hold Prime Day over 2 days in June

Jun. 02, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said Wednesday that it will hold its annual Prime Day over two days in June this year, the earliest it has ever held the sales event. Typically, Amazon holds Prime Day in July. Amazon has said it was holding it earlier due to the Olympics, which...

Genetically modified salmon head to US dinner plates

May. 27, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The inaugural harvest of genetically modified salmon began this week after the pandemic delayed the sale of the first such altered animal to be cleared for human consumption in the United States, company officials said. Several tons of salmon,...

Shoppers go back to stores, but retailers face challenges

May. 27, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are going back to one of their favorite pastimes: store shopping. With more people getting vaccinated and dropping their face masks, retailers from Walmart to Macy's are seeing an eager return to their stores after more than a year of their...

Indie bookstores avoid the worst — so far — from pandemic

May. 27, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Through the first year of the pandemic, the country's independent booksellers have — so far — avoided disaster. On Thursday, the American Booksellers Association told The Associated Press that membership increased from 1,635 to 1,701 since May 2020,...