Consumer services

May 30, 2017 - 9:54 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the e-commerce giant that has changed how much of the world shops for books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone. Its stock topped $1,000 for the first time. That price puts Amazon's market value at about $478 billion, double that of rival Wal-Mart and more than 15...
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May 30, 2017 - 9:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the e-commerce giant that has changed how much of the world shops for books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone. Its stock topped $1,000 for the first time. That price puts Amazon's market value at $478 billion, double that of rival Wal-Mart and more than 15 times the...
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May 30, 2017 - 4:58 am
MADRID (AP) — Taxi drivers across Spain's are striking to protest the increase in cars run by private companies offering cheaper, mobile ride-hailing services. Travelers arriving at Madrid's or Barcelona's airports Tuesday found none of the usual lines of taxis waiting to pick them up. The strike...
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May 26, 2017 - 1:54 pm
Stable gasoline prices are expected to fuel a slight increase in long trips this Memorial Day weekend. The AAA auto club predicts that 39 million Americans will make a trip of at least 50 miles this weekend, up 2.7 percent from the same holiday last year. The nationwide average price for a gallon...
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May 25, 2017 - 10:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are climbing for the sixth day in a row Thursday as strong quarterly results from retailers including Best Buy, Williams-Sonoma and PVH give consumer-focused companies a lift. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq composite are trading at all-time highs. Stocks...
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May 24, 2017 - 8:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The architect of House legislation that would repeal much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis agreed Wednesday to make a key change to the bill, clearing the way for the full House to take up the measure in coming weeks. Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, the...
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This undated photo provided by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment shows the Grover Coaster at the current Sesame Place theme park located in Langhorne, Penn., and is the nation's only theme park based entirely on the award-winning educational program Sesame Street. On Thursday, May 18, 2017, SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop announced an extension of their 37-year partnership to include the development of an additional Sesame Place theme park scheduled to open by 2021 in a U.S. location to be determined. The new license agreement extends SeaWorld's status as Sesame Workshop's exclusive theme park partner in the U.S. and makes it possible for Sesame Street characters to continue to appear at the existing distinct Sesame Street lands inside the company's two Busch Gardens theme parks and SeaWorld theme parks in San Diego and San Antonio, as well as a new Sesame Street land to be built in SeaWorld Orlando in the near future. (SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment via AP)
May 18, 2017 - 9:04 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Muppets fans are going to have more places to ask the question, "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?" SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. and the nonprofit behind Sesame Street announced Thursday that they are expanding their partnership to build another theme park by 2021,...
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This May 3, 2017, photo shows a Target logo on a store in Upper Saint Clair, Pa. Target Corp. reports earnings, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 17, 2017 - 4:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon are engaged in a game of shipping tag, each trying to adjust their free threshold and other shipping strategies to a level that can lure shoppers away from one of the other. Minneapolis-based Target has the furthest to go as it tries to put itself in...
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Specialist Brian Fairbrother, left, and trader Tommy Kalikas work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. U.S. stock indexes were little changed in early trading Tuesday, a day after the market closed at record highs. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
May 16, 2017 - 12:31 pm
The major U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in midday trading Tuesday a day after the market closed at record highs. Investors were sizing up the latest crop of company earnings and new data on home construction and industrial production. Health care and real estate...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, file photo, Home Depot supervisor David Petersen stacks barbecue smokers at a Home Depot store location, in Bellingham, Mass. The Home Depot Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
May 16, 2017 - 6:52 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Robust consumer spending and the arrival of the spring gardening season pushed Home Depot's first-quarter profits and revenue beyond most expectations and the company raised its earnings forecast for the year. Shares rose before the market opened Tuesday and appeared headed for an...
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