Retail and wholesale

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018 file photo shows a Home Depot store in Passaic, N.J. Home Depot is reporting better than expected profit and revenue for the first quarter, though bad weather early in the year and an extra week in the fiscal year dampened the home improvement retailer’s comparable store sales. Those sales, watched closely by industry analysts, rose 2.5%, short of the 4.2% they were expecting, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)
May 21, 2019 - 8:13 am
Home Depot reported better than expected profit and revenue for the first quarter despite a damp start to 2019. That inclement weather and an extra week in the previous fiscal year weighed on the home improvement retailer's comparable store sales. Comparable store sales, a key gauge of a retailer's...
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May 20, 2019 - 7:26 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Small breweries in North Carolina could soon be toasting a new law that would give growing beer-makers in the state more time to sell their products on their own without third-party distributors. By a 38-3 vote, the Senate gave final legislative approval Monday night to a...
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May 19, 2019 - 9:32 am
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman has opened a gender-neutral children's clothing store in Atlanta's Kirkwood neighborhood. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the children's unisex clothing store is among the first of its kind. Mini Friday sells clothes for children between the ages of 24...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2019, file photo a Walmart associate works at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, N.Y. Walmart Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, May 16. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 16, 2019 - 12:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices. The comments came after the nation's largest retailer reported its best sale performance at its established U.S. namesake stores for the fiscal first quarter in nine years. It marked 19...
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May 15, 2019 - 3:09 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Agreed-to legislation from North Carolina alcohol wholesalers and small breweries over who distributes their product as the beer-makers grow is finding little resistance within the General Assembly. The Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee recommended on Wednesday following...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo rows of unsold 2019 Escape sports-utility vehicles sit in long rows at a Ford dealership in Broomfield, Colo. On Wednesday, May 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for April. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales declined last month, as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies. Sales dropped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a big 1.7% jump in March. Car sales dropped 1.1% last month and sales at...
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FILE- This May 2, 2017, file photo shows corporate signage at Macy's flagship store in New York. Macy's Inc. reports financial results Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's put up its sixth consecutive quarter of increases in comparable store sales fueled by its robust online business. The department store chain also smashed estimates for first quarter profits. Shares rose in premarket trading on Wednesday. Macy's report offered encouraging news...
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FILE - This June 1, 2017, file photo, shows a Walmart sign at a store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery on its most popular items, raising the stakes in the retail shipping wars. The nation’s largest retailer says Tuesday, May 13, 2019, it's been building its own network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to enable the faster delivery. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
May 14, 2019 - 6:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars. The nation's largest retailer said Tuesday it's been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that happen. The next-day...
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A shopper walks past a Hamleys store in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 10, 2019. India's Reliance Retail, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, announced Thursday that it has signed agreements to acquire the 259-year-old British toy store chain Hamleys. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
May 10, 2019 - 11:24 am
LONDON (AP) — An Indian company says it has agreed to take over the famous toy retailer Hamleys. Reliance Brands in Mumbai said in a statement Thursday that it would buy Hamleys Global Holdings, the owner of the Hamleys brand, from C Banner International of Hong Kong for an undisclosed sum. The...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2007, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Walmart Stores Inc. headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Walmart said Wednesday, May 8, 2019, that it will raise the minimum age for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 in an effort to combat tobacco sales to minors. The world’s largest retailer says the new rule will take effect in July, and will also include its Sam’s Club warehouse stores. (AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)
May 08, 2019 - 1:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart said Wednesday that it will raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes at its U.S. stores to 21 amid growing pressure from regulators to cut tobacco sales and use among minors. The world's largest retailer also said it will also stop selling fruit and...
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