Retail and wholesale

October 11, 2019 - 2:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of a popular independent bookstore in California will soon be CEO of the American Booksellers Association. The trade group announced Friday that Allison K. Hill will succeed Oren Teicher, who earlier this year said he was stepping down. Hill, currently president and CEO of...
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Crews work to connect generators in effort to keep the Caldecott Tunnel open to traffic during a possible power outage at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to more than half a million customers in Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 09, 2019 - 9:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it's already been able to restore service to about 44,000 customers after it cut power to a million people because of high winds that create a high fire danger. Company...
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First lady Melania Trump, left, listens as Eric Asche with the Truth Initiative speaks during a listening session with teenagers about their experiences with electronic cigarettes and vaping in the Blue Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 09, 2019 - 7:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump said Wednesday she's glad some stores are pulling electronic cigarettes off the shelves amid an explosion in vaping among young people, calling it a necessary step to protect the next generation. "We need to be proactive before it gets out of control," she said at a...
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FILE- In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, file photo photo a display shows two large Lego toys on a slide near the toy section at a Target store in Bridgewater, N.J. The parent company of Toys R Us is turning to a rival to restart its e-commerce business ahead of the holiday shopping season. Tru Kids Brands is teaming up with discounter Target Corp. to relaunch Toysrus.com, according to a joint release. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
October 08, 2019 - 3:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of Toys R Us is turning to a key rival to restart its e-commerce business ahead of the holiday shopping season. Tru Kids Brands is teaming up with discounter Target Corp. to relaunch Toysrus.com, according to a joint release. The site, which launched Tuesday,...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2018, file photo Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown speaks at OZY Fest in Central Park in New York. Online shoe brand Allbirds plans to more than double its store count next year, hoping to reach shoppers who want to touch and try on their wool shoes. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
October 08, 2019 - 3:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Online shoe brand Allbirds plans to more than double its store count next year, hoping to reach shoppers who want to touch and try on its wool shoes. The company said Tuesday that it plans to open 20 stores in 2020, bringing its total number of stores to about 35 by the end of the...
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October 03, 2019 - 8:45 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Schnuck Markets Inc., one of the Midwest’s largest grocery store chains, will stop selling cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products as of Jan. 1. Suburban St. Louis-based Schnucks announced the move Thursday. Schnucks is the largest grocer in the St. Louis area and...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2013, file photo, large banners hang in an atrium at the headquarters of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, N.J. Johnson & Johnson has become the latest company to settle a lawsuit to get out of the first federal trial over the nation's opioids crisis, reaching a deal worth more than $20 million with two Ohio counties, the company announced Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
October 01, 2019 - 9:28 pm
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced it had reached an agreement worth more than $20 million with two Ohio counties, becoming the latest company to settle a lawsuit to get out of the first federal trial over the nation's opioids crisis. The deal with Cuyahoga and Summit counties comes a...
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A Forever 21 store is shown, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Aventura, Fla. The low-price fashion chain, a one-time hot destination for teen shoppers that fell victim to its own rapid expansion and changing consumer tastes, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 30, 2019 - 5:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — For years, teens flocked to Forever 21's massive stores at the nation's malls for its speedy take on fashion, like its $5 shimmery halter tops and $25 dresses. But the chain that helped popularize so-called fast fashion has moved too slow for a new generation of young customers. The...
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In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2019, David Alport, owner of the Bridge City Collective marijuana dispensary in Portland, Ore., goes over sales numbers with the store's general manager Cameron Moore. The company has seen a 31% decrease in its sales of vaping products in the past two weeks. “It’s having an impact on how consumers are behaving,” said Alport. “People are concerned, and we’re concerned.” (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
September 26, 2019 - 8:55 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vaping products, one of the fastest-growing segments of the legal marijuana industry, have taken a hit from consumers as public health experts scramble to determine what's causing a mysterious and sometimes fatal lung disease among people who use e-cigarettes. The ailment has...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019 file photo, a Walmart logo is displayed outside of a Walmart store, in Walpole, Mass. Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs following a string of illnesses and deaths related to vaping. The nation's largest retailer said Friday, Sept. 20 that it will complete its exit from e-cigarettes after selling through current inventory. It cited growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity regarding vaping products. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
September 20, 2019 - 5:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is getting out of the vaping business. The nation's largest retailer said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs when it sells out its current inventory. The nation's largest retailer said the move is due to "growing...
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