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Kohl's banks on Amazon returns to improve store traffic

by Ben Bradford Apr 24, 2019
Kohl's is expanding a deal with Amazon that allows online shoppers to return their merchandise at Kohl's stores.
Customers enter a Kohl's store on August 21, 2018 in San Rafael, California.
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After bankruptcy, Sears launches smaller stores

by Ben Bradford Apr 5, 2019
Sears is once again opening new locations, but much smaller Home & Life stores.
Sears is once again opening new locations, but much smaller Home & Life stores.
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Divided Decade

Divided Decade: How the financial crisis changed retail

by Tommy Andres Dec 20, 2018
A decade later, everything is still on sale.
American consumers have gotten used to deep discounts that started during the Great Recession.
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Retail rebound is now: Sales predicted up 4.5 percent over last year

by Erika Beras Aug 15, 2018
Major department stores report their earnings this week, starting with Macy’s on Wednesday, followed by Nordstrom and J.C. Penney on Thursday. After a retail slump and slide over many quarters, Americans are coming back to shopping, and the numbers show…
Department store sales have been declining.
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Nordstrom releases its earnings today as it looks to boost in store purchases

by Kimberly Adams May 17, 2018
The plus size market will see more options for them in the brands they want

Macy’s parades an unexpectedly strong earnings report

by Reema Khrais May 16, 2018
The department store chain beat Wall Street’s estimates on a whole lot of fronts.

The retail industry is taking a cue from coal country

by David Brancaccio Jan 3, 2018
Retail workers are banding together to amplify their voices.
A view of a J.C. Penny department store in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Why the retail apocalypse isn't being taken seriously

by David Brancaccio Jan 2, 2018
The number of retail workers far exceeds the number of coal miners or recent manufacturing employees, points out Columbia University professor Mark Cohen.
Shoppers are packed into Tysons Corner Center, a mall in suburban Washington.
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Despite high interest rates, people still sign up for department credit cards

by Erika Beras Dec 11, 2017
Department store credit cards, which tend to have high interest rates, have fallen out of fashion. But for some with bad credit, they are the only option.
Credit cards are pictured, on February 5, 2013 in Rennes, western France.
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Will ordering less inventory help department stores this holiday season?

by Aaron Schrank Nov 9, 2017
The holiday season is approaching, and there are reports that department stores, including Kohl’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom are ordering less inventory. After a year of declining sales and foot traffic, these retailers don’t want piles of unsold stock eating into…