Retail and wholesale sector performance

In this July 3, 2018, photo, a shopper carries bags in San Francisco. On Monday, July 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for June. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 16, 2018 - 8:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month despite higher prices and modest wage gains, a sign of underlying consumer optimism. The Commerce Department said Monday that sales at retailers and restaurants increased 0.5 percent in June, following a big 1.3 percent gain the...
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July 11, 2018 - 8:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.3 percent in June, a slight slowing from May. But the 12-month gain was the fastest in more than six years, adding to evidence that inflation is beginning to rise after years of weak price gains. The Labor Department said Wednesday that the June...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Madison, Wis. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling making it easier to collect online sales taxes could yield billions of dollars for state and local governments _ if they decide to keep it. Rather than spend the windfall on schools, prisons or other government services, some Republican governors and lawmakers are proposing to give it away in the form of additional tax cuts to residents. Walker, running for a re-election this year, has suggested the extra revenue from online sales taxes could be used to expand tax breaks for senior citizens or families with children. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)
June 29, 2018 - 2:46 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling making it easier to collect online sales taxes could yield billions of dollars for state and local governments — if they decide to keep it. Rather than spend the windfall on schools, prisons or other government services, some Republican...
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FILE- In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, packages travel on a conveyor belt for sorting at the main post office in Omaha, Neb. States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday, June 21, 2018, that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big win for states. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
June 21, 2018 - 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Shares in online retailers dropped, and large chains with more stores traded higher following the Supreme Court sales tax ruling. Under the old rules,...
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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks during a press conference as Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor, right, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health Bill Blair, left, look on during a press conference on Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The Canadian government said it will soon announce the date of when cannabis will become legal — but warns it will remain illegal until then. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 21, 2018 - 3:09 am
TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday,...
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FILE - This April 6, 2018 file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. A state district judge has ruled that New Mexico health officials went beyond the scope of the law when they sanctioned the licensed medical marijuana producer for displaying a marijuana plant at the 2016 State Fair. The Health Department initially ordered Ultra Health to close for five straight days during a period that included April 20, the busiest day of the year for cannabis sales. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
June 20, 2018 - 2:36 am
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government's bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide. Prime Minister...
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FILE- In this June 6, 2018, photo, an advertisement for Saint Laurent is seen on a bus stop display as a pedestrian walks past a window display at the Lord & Taylor flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York. On Thursday, June 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for May. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
June 14, 2018 - 8:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose by the most in six months in May, as consumers spent more at home and garden stores, gas stations and restaurants. Retail sales rose 0.8 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Thursday, the largest increase since November. Excluding the volatile...
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FILE- In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo a man walks past the Lord & Taylor flagship store in New York. Lord & Taylor is abandoning plans to keep a store in the Fifth Avenue flagship it is selling, as the chain's owner closes more stores and focuses on online sales. The announcement Tuesday, June 5, 2018, comes about seven months after the company said it would sell the century-old building to office space sharing company WeWork (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
June 05, 2018 - 1:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lord & Taylor is abandoning plans to keep a store in the Fifth Avenue flagship it is selling, as the chain's owner closes more stores and focuses on online sales. The announcement Tuesday comes about seven months after the company said it would sell the century-old building to...
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June 05, 2018 - 7:00 am
LONDON (AP) — The British economy appears to be bouncing back following a period of near-stagnation that had reinforced fears about the impact of Brexit, surveys indicated Tuesday. Retail sales are said to have grown in May at their highest annual rate in over four years, while car sales recovered...
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May 24, 2018 - 4:59 am
LONDON (AP) — Official figures show that retail sales bounced back strongly in April after cold weather hit the previous month. The Office for National Statistics said Thursday that retail sales jumped a monthly 1.6 percent in April, more than making up the 1.1 percent decline in March. The agency'...
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