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Nordstrom vs. Nordstrom’s: Why do we confuse company names?

by Janet Nguyen Aug 8, 2019
Tacking on the possessive “s” is a habit for many of us.
A view of a Nordstrom men's store in New York City. Or wait — is it Nordstrom's?
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How the day after Thanksgiving came to be known as Black Friday

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 19, 2018
This Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is ubiquitously referred to as “Black Friday” by retailers, consumers and the media. We wondered: What does the term mean? And where’d it come from? Click the audio player above to hear the full…
The 24th of September 1869: Panic on 'Black Friday' in the New York Gold Room.
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Brick-and-mortar retailers try a new approach to combat losses to internet sales

by Ben Bradford Nov 14, 2018
Have you been to a mall lately?
A Macy's sign is seen on a Macy's store at CityPlace after reports indicate that it is one of 68 stores that the company plans on closing on January 5, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Sears' bankruptcy and the business behind closing a business

by Renata Sago Nov 2, 2018
One retail chain's restructuring is another store's opportunity.
The Sears at University Mall in Tampa, Florida, where everything must go.
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July sales are pressuring the shipping industry like it’s the holiday season

by Justin Ho Jul 16, 2018
Today is Prime Day, Amazon’s annual day of discounts that the retail giant hopes will rack up sales and lure new subscribers to Prime. Walmart, Target, Macy’s and other retailers are also getting in on what’s being dubbed Summer Black…

Toys R Us closing means toy makers need to find new outlets for sales

by Renata Sago Mar 19, 2018
With Toys R Us closing its doors, what will happen to toy manufacturers that depended on the chain to display and sell everything from dolls to toy cars? What options do big toymakers like Mattel and Hasbro have, and what…

Tax plan relief will hit retailers that could use a break

by Renata Sago Dec 21, 2017
The effective tax rate of many retailers has been just over 30 percent. The new tax bill could help them have more to spend on getting more competitive, in stores and online, as brick-and-mortars suffer. Click the above audio player…

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Black Friday may not be best day for deals

by Aaron Schrank Nov 22, 2017
More than half the respondents in a survey by WalletHub said Black Friday no longer offers the best deals of the year. The personal finance website analyzed ads from major retailers and found that there are a lot of deals…

Macy's to hire fewer holiday workers, but more of them will pack online orders

by Marielle Segarra Sep 19, 2017
It’s a holiday tradition: every fall, retailers staff up their stores to prepare for the inevitable crush of shoppers. But this year, Macy’s said it’ll be hiring fewer holiday workers — about 80,000 people in total. And more of those…

Toys R Us files for bankruptcy, but keeps stores open

by Marketplace Contributor Sep 19, 2017
The toy retailer is struggling with $5 billion in debt.
People gather outside Toys "R" Us for Black Thursday in Times Square back in 2012 in New York City. 
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