Retail industry

Julie Wainwright, center, CEO of The RealReal, celebrates her company's IPO at the Nasdaq opening bell, Friday, June 28, 2019 in New York. The online reseller of luxury brand clothing and accessories is based in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 28, 2019 - 11:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of The RealReal jumped on their first day of trading Friday, as the secondhand-fashion online retailer tests investors' appetite for the staying power of online marketplaces for pre-owned discounted Gucci and other luxury goods. The San Francisco company, founded in 2011 by...
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In this June 17, 2019, photo, a salesclerk puts goods into a paper bag after a customer purchased them, at a Seven-Eleven store in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Seven & i Holdings Co., a major Japanese convenience store operator, announced on May, 2019, a plan to replace all plastic shopping bags with paper by 2030 and all plastic packaging with paper, biodegradable or other reusable materials at its nearly 21,000 stores nationwide. Japan, as host of the Group of 20 Summit this weekend, hopes to lead the world in reducing plastic waste. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
June 26, 2019 - 8:37 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped. But as world leaders descend on Osaka...
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A sign for Philadelphia Energy Solutions stands at the refining complex in Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The owner of the largest oil refinery complex on the East Coast is telling officials that it will close the facility after a fire last week set off explosions and damaged the facility. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement Wednesday that Philadelphia Energy Solutions had informed him of its decision to shut down the facility in the next month. The more than 1,000 workers there will be impacted, the mayor said. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
June 26, 2019 - 2:07 pm
The largest oil refinery on the East Coast will close after a devasting fire last week that set off explosions and damaged equipment, and consumers could see gas prices rise as summer travel hits full swing, officials and analysts said Wednesday. Philadelphia Energy Solutions has decided to shut...
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Visitors line up to enter the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 26, 2019 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is striking down a Tennessee law that makes it hard for outsiders to break into the state's liquor sales market. The court voted 7-2 Wednesday in ruling that a state requirement that someone live in Tennessee for two years to be eligible for a license to sell...
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In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 photo, Christy Banda, a representative for the Jack Herer cannabis company, displays their latest marijuana flower during the networking expo, WeedCon West 2019 in Los Angeles. Marijuana shoppers are going to be getting a message from California regulators: Go legal. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
June 21, 2019 - 2:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marijuana shoppers are going to be getting a message from California regulators: Go legal. Aiming to slow illegal pot sales that are undercutting the nation's largest licensed market, California is kicking off a public information campaign — Get #weedwise — that encourages...
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June 18, 2019 - 11:32 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A former Piggly Wiggly worker says ex-employees of some of the chain's stores in Georgia and South Carolina are expected to receive less than 5% of what they invested in the failed supermarket operator's employee stock ownership plan. Joe Pinto tells The Post and Courier...
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June 17, 2019 - 9:02 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly is closing in on final approval of legislation giving North Carolina's public universities the option to sell beer and wine at campus athletic events. The Senate voted 33-12 on Monday for its version of a House bill allowing trustee boards at University of...
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Customers wait on a long check out line at a Target store in San Francisco on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Target suffered a technological glitch that stalled checkout lines at its stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers and eating into sales at a prime time for retailers. The outage periodically prevented Target's cashiers from scanning merchandise or processing transactions. Self-checkout registers also weren't working at times, causing massive lines in some stores. (AP Photo/Michael Liedtke)
June 15, 2019 - 5:58 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A glitch stalled checkout lines at Target stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers and potentially eating into sales at a prime time for retailers, the day before Father's Day. The roughly two-hour outage periodically prevented Target's cashiers from scanning...
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FILE- In this May 19, 2019, file photo, a line of unsold 2019 CX-5 sports-utility vehicles sits at a Mazda dealership in Littleton, Colo. On Friday, June 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for May. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 14, 2019 - 8:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their retail spending last month, a sign that low unemployment and modest wage gains are encouraging consumers to shop. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.5% in May, after a smaller gain of 0.3% in the previous month. April's figure...
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FILE- In this June 6, 2019, file photo specialist John Parisi, left, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 13. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
June 13, 2019 - 4:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks are closing higher Thursday, led by gains in retailers and media and energy companies. Hess rose 2.9% and Halliburton gained 2.8% as an increase in oil prices boosted energy stocks. Oil rose 2.2%...
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