Thanksgiving won't launch Black Friday shopping at some of the biggest retailers

Jul 29, 2020
Walmart, Target and Best Buy won't open on the holiday this year to jump-start the traditional extreme-shopping weekend.
A Macy's Black Friday sale in 2018 in New York. Store traffic on Thanksgiving is just a small part of Black Friday weekend.
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As COVID-19 cases spike, retail enters a new normal

Jul 9, 2020
Retailers are coming to terms with the fact that this virus is going to be with us for a long time.
Shoppers at a reopened Texas mall in May. The current surge in coronavirus cases is bringing new woes to retailers.
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Distressed retailers play "hot potato" with landlords and suppliers

May 28, 2020
Everyone is trying to pass the economic pan to someone else.
A "closed" sign on the Victoria's Secret shop in Herald Square.
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J. Crew is the first major retailer to file for bankruptcy under COVID-19

Online business will continue as usual, and J. Crew still has plans to reopen stores.
J. Crew has almost $1.7 billion in debt its restructuring.
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Fall fashion braces for the effects of COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020
Most apparel companies aren’t in a state of emergency ... yet.
China's supply chain problem is starting to worry retailers.
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A look at why retailers may be closing so many stores

Jan 21, 2020
Are retailers shedding space because they have too much or because they're not giving customers the best store experience?
People walk through a nearly empty shopping mall in March 2017 in Waterbury, Connecticut.
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Prepping for the holidays with one eye on politics

Nov 20, 2019
One toy store owner says potential tariffs could eat up almost half of his profits.
Much of what Hobby Works sells is from China — and destined for a 15% tariff scheduled to start Dec. 15.
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Why department stores are getting into the rental business

Aug 12, 2019
Department stores have a lot of problems these days. One of them: they can’t seem to attract younger customers.
People attend the grand opening of the new Bloomingdale's store at the Ala Mona Center on November 12, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Is Amazon hurting the retail industry?

Jul 25, 2019
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's recent comment that Amazon was destroying retail was "bold," according to James Pethokoukis at the American Enterprise Institute.
A close-up of  Amazon Prime packages in an Amazon fulfillment center in Peterborough, England.
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Tariffs come for fleece, send Jo-Ann CEO to Washington

Aug 23, 2018
The arts and crafts retailer is enlisting customers on its listserv to petition the taxes on Chinese products.
President Donald Trump pushes in the chair for Jill Soltau, CEO of Jo-Ann Stores, as he arrives to meet with retail industry leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in 2017.
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