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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Royals owner David Glass reacts as he watches batting practice before the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Former Walmart Inc. chief executive Glass, who owned the Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications form pneumonia. He was 84. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)

Former Walmart exec, Royals owner David Glass dies at 84

Jan. 17, 2020 10:43 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications from pneumonia. He was 84. The Glass family said the businessman died Jan. 9. He had been dealing with...

FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store in Newport, Ky. Comparable stores sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting a meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. Target said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, that it had weaker-than-expected sales of electronics, toys and some home good. Those sales climbed 1.4% in the November-December period, compared with a 5.7% increase a year earlier.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Target, like other retailers, did not have a Merry Christmas

Jan. 15, 2020 1:06 PM EST

Target reported a rare shortfall in holiday sales, raising concerns about the challenges ahead for the traditional retail industry even as the economy remains strong. Target's disappointing growth of 1.4% percent for November and December, dragged down by toys and electronics, fell well below the previous year....

SmileDirectClub, Occidental rise; Cal-Maine, Xerox fall

Jan. 6, 2020 4:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., up 48 cents to $16.56. The home furnishings company made $250 million from the sale of retail and other properties to Oak Street Real Estate Capital. Boeing Co., up 98 cents to $333.74. An internal...

FILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004 file photo shows a selection of holiday season catalogs in Portland, Maine. Catalogs, those glossy paper-and-ink offerings of outdoor apparel, kitchenware and fruit baskets, are not yet headed for the recycling bin of history. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Catalog retailers see reason for optimism after declines

Jan. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Catalogs, those glossy paper-and-ink offerings of outdoor apparel, kitchenware and fruit baskets, are not yet headed for the recycling bin of history. Until recently, the future appeared grim for the mailbox-stuffers. A one-two punch of postal rate increases and the Great Recession...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo specialists Anthony Rinaldi, James Denaro and Gregg Maloney, left to right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 27. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US stocks nearly flat; S&P 500 notches 5th weekly gain

Dec. 27, 2019 5:08 PM EST

Major U.S. stock indexes ended essentially flat Friday after a day of mostly listless trading. Even so, the S&P 500 closed out the week with its fifth straight weekly gain. The benchmark index squeaked out a tiny gain that was good enough for its 35th record high this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average...

In this Nov. 21, 2019 photo, children ride scooters on an elevated loop, at Camp toy store in New York. Camp, which was founded last year, not only sells toys but has also workshops and interactive areas for children. The concept is expanding to other locations and is the latest offering in experiential retail. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Toy stores hope playtime inside their shops leads to sales

Dec. 20, 2019 9:43 AM EST

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Jaelyn Farrell climbed into a tree fort, played in fake sand and pushed around a “Paw Patrol” toy car. But the 8-year-old wasn't at a playground or a friend's house. She was at the mall in a new Toys R Us. The chain, relaunched for this holiday shopping season after...

A customer rating for a product for sale on Amazon.com is displayed on a computer screen on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in New York. Online reviews at major retailers such as Amazon and Walmart and listing services such as Yelp look like a good place to get first-hand information from people who've tried a product or merchant.(AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Smart holiday shopping: Avoiding fake reviews and tricky ads

Dec. 16, 2019 12:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There are lots of bargains online during the holidays, but also plenty of ways to get scammed, even at established outlets like Amazon. How can you be sure you're reading a legitimate review, not one coming from a company employee? How can you flag sponsored placements and other ads...

Anonymous donations pay off $70K in layaway purchases

Dec. 13, 2019 1:59 PM EST

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Walmart shoppers in Alabama got a happy holiday surprise when donations paid off $70,000 in layaway purchases at two stores, the company said Friday. Someone paid off $45,000 in purchases at a store in the east Alabama city of Anniston on Monday, according to Casey Staheli, a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012, file photo, eyeglass frames are displayed at Berlin Optical Expressions in Berlin, Vt. Worrying what to do with your flexible spending account balance so you don't lose your money? Out-of-pocket costs for corrective eye surgery, prescription eyeglasses, readers, wipes and repair kits for glasses, and contact lenses and solutions are covered. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Tips for using flexible spending dollars before year's end

Dec. 11, 2019 4:33 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Still have money set aside for medical expenses that you need to spend by the end of the year? There are plenty of ways to meet the deadline for flexible spending accounts, and you don't need to buy big-ticket items. You can use up the balance on everyday purchases like bandages and...

This Dec. 3, 2019 photo shows Santa Claus arriving in Napakiak, Alaska, on an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The Guard brought its Operation Santa Claus to the western Alaska community, which is being severely eroded by the nearby Kuskokwim River. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Santa, soldiers bring joy to beleaguered Alaska village

Dec. 11, 2019 2:27 PM EST

NAPAKIAK, Alaska (AP) — A school employee wearing a traditional pink Alaska Native smock called a kuspuk breezed through the hubbub in the cafeteria adorned with murals of purely Alaska scenes, zigzagging through children clutching presents and past uniformed soldiers wearing Santa caps. “Napakiak...