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Trade showdown

Tariffs come for fleece, send Jo-Ann CEO to Washington

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman 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.
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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.
DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Marketplace Tech Blogs

Tech in retail, from the good to the gimmicky

by Adriene Hill Nov 21, 2017
Retailers are using technology to attract more customers into their stores.
Shoppers walk among the Christmas lights in a mall.
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Holiday shoppers plan to buy more online than in stores, survey finds

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 25, 2017
This year for the first time, consumers say they’ll spend more shopping online than in physical stores. That’s according to an annual consumer holiday shopping survey by Deloitte. It’s one more data point documenting the march of e-commerce to capture…

Walmart deal would put Lord & Taylor merch on the discounter's website

by Reema Khrais Oct 20, 2017
Pressure from Amazon has Walmart.com looking for new kinds of customers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the giant discount store is close to landing a deal with Lord & Taylor, one of the oldest luxury department stores in the…

It's hard being a retail worker in this economy

by Marielle Segarra Oct 12, 2017
With 31,000 jobs cut in a year, even those still employed wonder how long they can hang on.
People walk by a Sears store in a nearly empty shopping mall on March 2017 in Meriden, Connecticut.
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Let's do the numbers: Halloween edition

by Mark Salay Oct 9, 2017
Halloween spending is expected to hit a record $9.1 billion this year.
Rich Polk/Getty Images for Universal Studios Hollywood

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Marketplace Tech Blogs

Amazon is trimming some profit off high-end salons

by Molly Wood Sep 28, 2017
Hair products once sold only in salons are now offered online. Salons are relying on customer relationships to sell the merchandise.
Companies used to sell their high-end hair care products only in salons and stores. But they found their products were being sold online, whether they wanted them to be or not.  
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Retail workers likely to be in demand for holiday jobs this year

by Aaron Schrank Sep 19, 2017
It’s been a volatile year for U.S. retailers. They’ve closed a record number of stores and slashed more jobs than they have since 2009. However, for this year’s holiday season, there’s expected to be a whole lot of hiring going…

Today, Target reports. More bad news from the retail sector?

by Annie Baxter Aug 16, 2017
This morning, we’ll hear from discount retailer Target on how it performed in the second quarter of the year. Last month, Target raised its guidance on sales at stores open at least a year. Analysts will be watching to see…