Consumer products and services

This June 2019 photo shows Jeff Wilke at an Amazon conference in Las Vegas. Amazon says executive Wilke, who oversees the company’s retail business, will retire early in 2021. He will be replaced by Dave Clark, who runs Amazon's warehouses and delivery network. Wilke has been at Amazon for more than two decades. (AP Photo/Joseph Pisani)
August 21, 2020 - 10:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon retail chief Jeff Wilke, who has helped Amazon transform itself from an online bookstore into a global colossus, is retiring early next year. Wilke, 53, has been with Amazon for more than two decades and was regarded as a potential successor to founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. His...
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August 20, 2020 - 1:31 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For five months, no rum has flowed for visitors at Jaime Windon's distillery in Maryland, drying up a crucial part of her revenue stream. Windon's tasting room remains shuttered by the coronavirus, another victim of the pandemic's devastating impact on the world economy. Like...
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August 20, 2020 - 8:26 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese electric car brand NIO plans to start expanding to Western markets next year and might export a battery-swapping service that could help it compete with rival Tesla, the company’s chairman said Thursday. NIO, founded in 2014, pushed back foreign plans due to the coronavirus...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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August 19, 2020 - 7:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged people to boycott tires from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., tweeting that the Ohio-based company had “announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS.” But the company didn't announce such a specific ban, only that it asks employees to refrain from workplace...
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FILE - In this June 16, 2020 file photo, the sun is reflected on Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York. Apple is the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion, just two years after it became the first to reach $1 trillion. Apple shares have gained nearly 60% this year as the company overcame the shutdown of factories in China that produce the iPhone and the closure of its retail sales amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 19, 2020 - 4:36 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Apple has become the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion as technology continues to reshape a world where smartphones are like appendages and digital services are like instruments orchestrating people's lives. The iPhone maker reached the $2 trillion...
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FILE- This May 3, 2017, file photo shows the Target logo on a store in Upper Saint Clair, Pa. Target reported strong fourth-quarter profits, though its sales were weighed down by weak toy and electronics sales during the crucial holiday shopping season. Target joins a string of other retailers, including Walmart, with disappointing sales during the shortest holiday shopping period since 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
August 19, 2020 - 6:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Comparable store sales at Target soared 24.3% in the second quarter, more evidence that big box retailers have turned them into essential points of supply during the pandemic. Target, Walmart and Home Depot have all benefited as Americans limit their trips to a few stores and focus...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, a woman pulls groceries from a cart to her vehicle outside of a Walmart store in Pearl, Miss. Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores. The company said the policy will go into effect on Monday, July 20, 2020 to allow time to inform stores and customers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 18, 2020 - 3:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans turned to Walmart and Home Depot for supplies and do-it-yourself projects as they stayed close to home at a time when new cases of virus surged, resulting in soaring sales for their fiscal second quarter. Walmart's online sales nearly doubled in the fiscal second quarter,...
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A waitress serves a glass of champagne at La Grande Georgette restaurant in front of the cathedral in Reims, the Champagne region, east of Paris, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Producers in France’s eastern Champagne region, headquarters of the global industry, say they’ve lost about 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in sales this year, as turnover fell by a third — a hammering unmatched in living memory, and worse than the Great Depression. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
August 18, 2020 - 10:52 am
PARIS (AP) — French Champagne producers decided Tuesday to put unprecedented limits on the quantity of grapes they’ll harvest this year in hopes of propping up prices and containing damage from the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, record amounts of grapes may need to be destroyed or sold to...
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FILE -- May 31, 1988 file photo of Gianni Agnelli, right, chairman of Italy's auto giant FIAT, and chief operating officer Cesare Romiti, as they leave the Banca d'Italia (Bankitalia)in Rome. Romiti has died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in his house in Milan at the age of 97, according to Italian media. (AP Photo/Gianni Foggia, file)
August 18, 2020 - 10:21 am
ROME (AP) — Cesare Romiti, an industrialist and champion of Italian capitalism who steered automaker Fiat through years of strikes and domestic terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, died in Rome on Tuesday, Italian state TV said. He was 97. Italian President Sergio Mattarella hailed Romiti as an “...
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Home Depot aisles are stocked with hurricane supplies as Hurricane Isaias approaches South Florida onFriday, July 31, 2020 in Boynton Beach, Fla. Isaias is forecasted to stay east of the coast but it will bring winds and possible coasting flooding. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
August 18, 2020 - 9:34 am
Millions of people forced to work out of the office during the pandemic took on new projects at home and Home Depot is supplying a lot of the DIY material they need. At Home Depot stores open at least a year, sales surged an remarkable 25% in the U.S. during the second quarter, the Atlanta company...
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