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A sale sign is displayed near the entrance of a Hallmark store Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.  Retail sales fell for a third straight month, as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores and restaurants during the holiday shopping season.     The report released Friday is yet another sign that the pandemic is slowing the U.S. economy. Last month, the country lost jobs for the first time since the spring.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month

Jan. 15, 2021 12:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans cut back on spending in December for the third-straight month as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores during the critical holiday shopping season. The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in December from the month...

The road heading the check point on the Eurotunnel site is pictured in Coquelles, Monday Jan.4, 2021. Britain left the European bloc's vast single market for people, goods and services, completing the biggest single economic change the country has experienced since World War II. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Companies say post-Brexit rules are clogging up UK-EU trade

Jan. 8, 2021 12:15 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Some businesses said Friday that costs and paperwork are hampering trade between Britain and the European Union as the reality of the U.K.’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the bloc takes hold. Britain left the economic embrace of the 27-nation bloc, the final stage of Brexit, at...

Holiday sales tick up as shoppers invest in their homes

Dec. 26, 2020 4:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales increased a modest 3% during a longer holiday season this year, as homebound shoppers spent more on furnishing and food but less on clothing and jewelry, according to figures released Saturday by a firm that tracks all forms of payments. The increase fell short of predictions...

Meredith Hopkins, right, helps fit ski boots on Makenna Houghton at the ski shop at McIntyre Ski Area, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. Over the summer, people looking to get out of the house snapped up boats, bicycles and patio furniture, figuring they were safer socializing and being active outdoors than inside. Now that temperatures are dropping, they're buying snowshoes, skis, boots and winter coats, boosting the beleaguered retail sector. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Consumers still want to get outdoors as temperatures plunge

Dec. 25, 2020 7:33 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Over the summer, people looking to get out of the house snapped up boats, bicycles and patio furniture, figuring they were safer socializing and being active outdoors than inside. Now that temperatures are dropping, they’re buying snowshoes, skis, boots and winter coats,...

Alexandra Orozco stands for a portrait outside of the closed J.C. Penney where she was laid off from, in Delano, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. Orozco began working part-time at the department store when she was 18, and in nearly four years rose through the ranks from cashier to freight team associate. (Madeline Tolle/The Fuller Project via AP)

Pandemic crushes global supply chains, workers at both ends

Dec. 22, 2020 10:07 AM EST

In her last weeks working the freight shift at the local J.C. Penney store, Alexandra Orozco took out her phone and hit record. The 22-year-old shot a video of the giant black-and-red ’Everything Must go!” posters, and posted it on TikTok in October. “Slowing losing my job,” she wrote...

Alexandra Orozco stands for a portrait outside of the closed J.C. Penney where she was laid off from, in Delano, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. Orozco began working part-time at the department store when she was 18, and in nearly four years rose through the ranks from cashier to freight team associate. (Madeline Tolle/The Fuller Project via AP)

Pandemic crushes global supply chains, workers at both ends

Dec. 22, 2020 10:06 AM EST

In her last weeks working the freight shift at the local J.C. Penney store, Alexandra Orozco took out her phone and hit record. The 22-year-old shot videos as she and her co-workers slid down a metal shoot (technically meant for empty boxes) in the store room, their heads falling back laughing, and posted them on...

A Target employee places a curbside pickup purchase into the trunk of a customer in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.  After a weak start to the holiday season for many mall-based retailers, the strugglers are making their final push in the final days before and the week after Christmas. Many are stepping up discounts while heavily promoting curbside pickup as a way to get shoppers, worried about being infected with  the virus,  to visit their stores. But experts believe that any burst of sales will be too little and too late to save some stores.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The holidays could make or break struggling stores

Dec. 21, 2020 2:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Clothing stores and specialty retailers are offering big discounts and heavily promoting curbside pickup in hopes of rescuing a lackluster holiday shopping season in which surging coronavirus cases have kept many shoppers at home. For some, it could be their last chance at survival. And...

Clothing by local Detroit designers are displayed at Dose Collective, on Nov. 17, 2020, in Detroit, a new shop on Woodward Ave., where small shops can rent space for pop-ups. Tee Chapel is the owner of the space and it's her second location. (Antranik Tavitian/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Dose Collective puts Detroit brands front and center

Dec. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Downtown Detroit’s Dose Collective is all about building the Detroit brand. The pop-up holds 23 different brands that are either locally based or have a connection to the city. But it doesn’t feel like a pop-up shop. Dose Collective is specifically curated to have a smooth...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 file photo, a shopper makes his way past the large puddle of water, to join the socially distanced line of people waiting to get into Best Buy on Black Friday in Dartmouth, Mass. Retail sales rose 5.1% in November, as spending on home furnishings and electronics helped offset a drop in sales of clothing and at department stores, according to figures released Thursday, Dec. 3 by Mastercard SpendingPulse.  (Peter Pereira/The Standard-Times via AP, File)

Mastercard SpendingPulse: November holiday sales up 5.1%

Dec. 3, 2020 8:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales rose 5.1% in November, as spending on home furnishings and consumer electronics helped offset a drop in sales of clothing and at department stores, a widely watched industry gauge shows. Online spending, which accounted for 18% of total retail sales excluding autos, soared...

Black Friday shoppers wear face masks as the leave Saks Fifth Avenue flagships store empty handed, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

Nov. 27, 2020 6:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy. In normal times, Black Friday is...