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1. Toys 'R' Us Keeping Stores Open Following Bankruptcy Filing
- Wednesday, September 20, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season – and says its stores will remain open for business as usual.
2. McDonald's Lays Out Plan It Hopes Can Reverse Drop in Visits
- Thursday, March 2, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's acknowledged on Wednesday that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012 and laid out its plans to get more people back into its restaurants – including by letting them order and pay on their mobile phones by the end of the year.
3. Thanksgiving Day Shopping is Here to Stay – With Some Tweaks
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Thanksgiving Day shopping – a delight to some, an anathema to others – isn't going away, but some stores are rethinking their strategies on whether it makes sense to be open on the holiday itself.
4. Unhappy Target Customers Send Strong Message on Pill Bottles
- Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Longtime customers of Target's pharmacies are finding a change in pill bottle design hard to swallow.
After CVS began operating Target's drugstores earlier this year, distraught customers have been asking – in some cases begging – the drugstore chain to bring back the retailer's red prescription bottles, which came with color-coded rings, labeling on the top and prescription information that was easier to read.
5. Outlook Dims for Mall Stores as Online Shopping Intensifies
- Monday, May 16, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Online shopping is reaching such a critical mass with American households that many of the icons of the traditional mall –from Macy's to The Gap and J.C. Penney – face an increasingly uncertain future.
6. Toys Have Best Year in a Decade
- Wednesday, November 11, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Toys are staging a comeback.
The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade after several years of kids choosing videogames and mobile apps over Barbie and stuffed bears.
7. Target Selling Pharmacy, Clinic Businesses to CVS Health
- Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health in the latest twist behind a push from big retailers to become all things to all customers.
The nation's second-largest drugstore chain will pay about $1.9 billion to run Target's in-store health operations and expand what they offer for customers who have come to expect that they will be able to fill a prescription when they shop at Target.
8. McDonald's New CEO Faces Onslaught of Competition
- Friday, January 30, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege.
The world's biggest hamburger chain is facing an onslaught of competition, from better-burger chains like Five Guys to brands like Chipotle that tout the superior quality of their ingredients.
9. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Technology Use
- Tuesday, January 27, 2015
New Year’s resolutions, often tied to productivity, can involve getting healthier, better organized, more financially savvy, and rid of old habits.
Technology can help automate and streamline many of these tasks and, better yet, save you time and money in the long run.
10. Fast-Food Resolution: Transform Junk Food Image
- Monday, January 5, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-food chains have a New Year's resolution: Drop the junk.
As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's, Taco Bell and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals. That includes rethinking the use of artificial preservatives and other ingredients customers find objectionable.
11. Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line
- Friday, April 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.
12. Headphones, Speakers Top Gift Lists
- Tuesday, December 24, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) – Listen up, Santa: Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans.
Audio equipment is among the top-selling electronics gifts this holiday season, accounting for 13 percent of the $8 billion in consumer electronics sales between Nov. 24 and Dec. 7, according to research firm NPD Group.
13. Starbucks Promo Prods Lawmakers to ‘Come Together'
- Thursday, October 10, 2013
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants lawmakers to come together to resolve their political gridlock. And he's giving away free coffee to customers who set an example how to do it.
14. Apple is Biggest US Phone Seller for 1st Time
- Monday, February 4, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – The launch of the iPhone 5 and the declining popularity of non-smartphones have made Apple the biggest seller of phones in the U.S. for the first time, research firm Strategy Analytics said Friday.
15. IPhone Appeal Dims as Samsung Shines
- Tuesday, July 31, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – The latest iPhone looks much the same as the first iPhone, which came out more than five years ago. That hasn't been a problem for Apple – until, now.
The pace of iPhone sales has slowed, Apple revealed last week. Part of the problem is that the competition has found a formula that works: thinner phones with big screens that make the iPhone look small and chubby.
16. Holiday Season Marked by Different Shopper Types
- Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Four types of American shoppers have altered the shopping landscape this holiday season.
There's the bargain hunter who times deals. The midnight buyer who stays up late for discounts. The returner who gets buyer's remorse. And the "me" shopper who self-gifts.
17. TVs are Hot Sellers This Holiday Season
- Friday, December 2, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – In an unexpected twist, TVs are topping many Christmas shopping lists this year.
Wal-Mart says TVs are among the top gifts people are putting on layaway at its 3,000-plus U.S. stores during the holiday season. The Westinghouse 46-inch LCD HDTV that was on sale for half off at Target for $298 was a top seller during the start to the season last weekend. And Abt Electronics already has sold out of 55-inch Samsung LED TVs that were marked down by half to $1,099.
18. Target's Q3 Profits Up 3.7 Percent
- Friday, November 18, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Target is the latest company to learn the new retailing reality: If you discount it, they will come.
The cheap chic discounter on Wednesday reported its biggest increase in quarterly sales since before the recession began with the help of a 5 percent discount for customers who use its branded credit and debit cards.
19. With Kindle Fire, Amazon's Digital Ambitions Burn
- Friday, September 30, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Amazon's unveiling of the Kindle Fire tablet computer sends a bright-hot message: The online retailer is ready to rival iPad maker Apple in an effort to be the world's top digital content provider.
20. Food Companies Take Veggie Cue From Sneaky Trend
- Thursday, July 7, 2011
It looks like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and Kraft says it tastes just like the original. But a new ingredient is lurking inside this version of the American family dinner staple — cauliflower.
21. US Video Game Sales Dip to Oct 2006 Levels
- Wednesday, June 15, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) – U.S. sales of consoles and video games fell 14 percent in May to $743 million, the lowest monthly figure since October 2006.
NPD Group, which compiles the data, said Monday that the decline is mostly due to a light schedule of new releases. There were just 42 new games released in May compared to 58 in the same month a year ago.
22. US Video Game Sales Fell 4 Percent in March
- Monday, April 18, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – U.S. retail sales of video game systems, games and accessories fell 4 percent in March as game software sales declined, according to new data from an industry group.
23. Kroger Makes Push Into Store-Brand Beauty Products
- Monday, August 16, 2010
CINCINNATI (AP) – Grocery chain Kroger Co. is making a big push into the beauty business, this summer more than doubling its number of store-brand cosmetics, shampoos and other items while preparing to launch more products this fall and next year.
24. Restaurants Embrace New Normal
- Monday, January 4, 2010
“For 2010, I’d like to see a 20 percent increase in revenue,” said Jeff Dunham, owner and chef at the popular Grove Grill in East Memphis.
25. Retailers' Stores Thinly Stocked; Profits Won't Be
- Tuesday, December 29, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) - Retailers have thin inventories after coming out of Christmas with slightly better-than-expected sales.
Some retailers kept inventory so low they've had to bring in new merchandise to restock shelves, a rare move this soon after Christmas.
26. Web Retailers Extend Shipping Deadlines
- Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Retail Web sites have bumped back deadlines and offer free express shipping after weekend snowstorms kept holiday shoppers home in large areas of the East Coast.
Meanwhile, some bricks-and-mortar stores are extending early morning bargains that had been offered on Saturday through Wednesday.
27. Electronics Soar; Clothing, Luxury Stumble in Nov.
- Thursday, December 3, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Electronics sellers and online merchants thrived in November, particularly on Black Friday, but clothing and luxury merchants struggled, according to estimates released Wednesday.
28. Smart Spending: When Black Friday is Worth Effort
- Friday, November 27, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Shopping on Black Friday can be daunting, with massive crowds, pre-dawn start times and long checkout lines.
Roughly 77 million Americans are expected to head to stores Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and often considered the start of the holiday shopping season, and the frenzy will continue through the weekend.
29. After 60 Years Circuit City Powers Down
- Tuesday, March 10, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - What began 60 years ago as a humble television store in this sleepy Southern capital ended Sunday as Circuit City closed its doors for good – its 567 remaining U.S. stores to be left broom clean and vacant.
30. After Sales, Will Shoppers Pay Full Price Again?
- Thursday, January 8, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers are getting used to those 75 percent off sale signs, and that's bad news for merchants who worry they will also have to quickly slash prices on spring goods to attract customers.
31. Retailers Slash Prices To Entice Holiday Shoppers
- Monday, December 29, 2008
Shoppers hit the stores Friday to return unwanted gifts and take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.
32. As Christmas Nears, Expect More Discounts
- Tuesday, December 16, 2008
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The clock is winding down on what could be one of the worst holiday shopping seasons in decades and recession-hit shoppers are finally starting to feel some pressure to spend.
33. Holiday Shopping Season Off to a Modest Start
- Tuesday, December 2, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - The Thanksgiving shopping weekend may not have been the disaster some had feared, but unprecedented discounts and tempered buying likely resulted in overall soft sales as a buying binge on Friday quickly fizzled. Now, online retailers are ramping up deals to turn skittish shoppers into "Cyber Monday" spenders.
34. Cash-Strapped Parents Cut Back on Spending
- Monday, August 25, 2008
With cash tight and fuel and food prices high, many parents are eyeing back-to-school lists warily, looking for bargains and buying used clothes. In some cases, they’re even thinking about sending their children to school without all the supplies they need.
35. Retailers Amp Up Promotions for Back-to-School
- Thursday, August 7, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers preparing for a difficult back-to-school season are getting creative in their attempts to entice shoppers into the stores - aggressively introducing new products, slashing prices and amping up marketing in the battle for parents' bucks.
36. Retailers Try to Lure Shoppers After Weak Holiday Season
- Thursday, December 27, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers opened earlier than ever on the day after Christmas on Wednesday and slashed prices with hopes of salvaging a holiday season that is falling short of already modest expectations.
37. Archived Article: Graphic (tech)
- Wednesday, July 5, 2000
Tail-wagging Web browsers Tail-wagging Web browsers Seventy-five percent of pet owners who access the Internet are aware of online pet stores, up from 55 percent in September, according to a report released by The NPD Group Inc. and Media Metrix. Tw...
38. Archived Article: Marketplace
- Monday, November 15, 1999
Trend on rise for Thanksgiving guests to sleep elsewhere Trend on rise for Thanksgiving guests to sleep elsewhere Cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner and cleaning up after the meal is enough work for many hosts who want visiting family and friends to ...