Retail and wholesale sector performance

This undated photo shows hats trimmed with sea otter fur, offered by Alaska Native Marcus Gho's Tuvraqtuq online retail store based in Juneau, Alaska. A policy intended to deter the illegal trade of ivory and items made with the parts of endangered or threatened animals led the online sales website Etsy to remove such artwork sold by Alaska Native artists, who can legally use ivory in their pieces. A senator is asking Etsy.com to reconsider, but Etsy is citing the "global nature" of its business. (Marcus Gho via AP)
February 06, 2018 - 9:06 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A policy intended to deter the illegal trade of ivory and items made with the parts of endangered or threatened animals led the online sales website Etsy to remove such artwork sold by Alaska Native artists, who can legally use ivory in their pieces. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan...
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A man looks at an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Asian shares were lower Tuesday following Wall Street's biggest loss in more than four months. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
January 29, 2018 - 11:30 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares skidded Tuesday following Wall Street's biggest loss in more than four months. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 1.4 percent to 23,286.05 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 0.8 percent to 32,693.43. South Korea's Kospi sank 1.0 percent to 2,569.94. The Shanghai...
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January 19, 2018 - 4:53 am
LONDON (AP) — Official figures show that retail sales in Britain sank in the holiday shopping month of December as higher prices squeeze consumers' spending power. The Office for National Statistics said Friday that retail sales fell by 1.5 percent in December from the month before, double what...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, file photo, shoppers take advantage of discounts and slashed post-Christmas prices at Valley View Mall in Roanoke, Va. The National Retail Federation said Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, that holiday sales reached $691.9 billion as shoppers stepped up their spending in the wake of a better economy. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)
January 12, 2018 - 4:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are riding high after ebullient U.S. consumers shopped at the healthiest pace in more than a decade over the holiday season. But merchants can't afford to rest easy. None of the pressure on them has eased, and the fight for customers' attention will only intensify...
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FILE - This Aug. 31, 2017 file photo, shows a Barnes and Noble Booksellers store in Pittsburgh. Shares of Barnes & Noble Inc. tumbled Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, a day after the bookseller announced that sales at established stores and online sales fell during the key holiday period. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
January 05, 2018 - 3:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Barnes & Noble are tumbling after airing some ugly holiday sales numbers. The beleaguered bookseller said late Thursday that comparable-store sales slid 6.4 percent during the crucial nine-week period ending Dec. 30. Most retailers have strengthened digital operations...
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January 04, 2018 - 11:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's and J.C. Penney both reported holiday sales growth, offering encouraging signs that if department stores struggling to hold their own against online retailers had a decent period, other retailers did as well. The results, announced Thursday, came after both retailers focused...
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A customer purchases marijuana at Harborside marijuana dispensary, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Starting New Year's Day, recreational marijuana can be sold legally in California. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)
January 01, 2018 - 8:00 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — It wasn't exactly reefer madness Monday as California launched the first legal sales of recreational marijuana, but those who could find the drug celebrated the historic day, lining up early for ribbon cuttings, freebies and offerings ranging from cookies to gummy bears to...
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December 05, 2017 - 3:47 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's state-run lottery is considering whether it makes sense to offer online games of chance to generate more profits for education. The state lottery commission meets Tuesday to hear more about digital instant games that players would buy on the lottery's website,...
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A children's clothing display at Macy's at Garden State Plaza, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Paramus, N.J. Parking lots were full and shopping bags were plentiful in some places Saturday as holiday gift-seekers were out looking for bargains, even as the competition among retailers to offer earlier deals and snag customers first has pulled sales forward. (AP Photo/Anne D'Innocenzio)
November 26, 2017 - 6:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The driest Thanksgiving weekend in five years may have helped holiday shopping, despite an overall decline in foot traffic. But some shoppers just took notes in the hopes of finding an even better deal online. That's a consequence of Amazon continuing to squeeze prices, exacerbating...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 1, 2017, file photo, customers walk out of a Walmart store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
November 16, 2017 - 12:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A surging online business and strong food sales boosted Walmart's results Thursday ahead of the holiday season, a day after its rival Target offered a cautious forecast that overshadowed progress it has made in bringing more customers to its stores. And Best Buy, the nation's...
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