Retail industry

Floats that are part of the modified Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are seen from the Empire State Building in New York, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Due to the pandemic, no crowds of onlookers were allowed to attend the annual parade. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
November 26, 2020 - 7:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other. Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols. Those who added a puppy to their family during the pandemic will see tons of gift options for...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 file photo shows a RadioShack store in Dallas. RadioShack, the nearly century-old electronics retailer ubiquitous in malls for decades, has been pulled from brink of death — again. It’s the most prized name in the basket of retail brands that entrepreneur investors Alex Mehr and Tai Lopez have scooped up for a relative pittance since the coronavirus pandemic landed on U.S. shores. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
November 24, 2020 - 5:40 pm
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — RadioShack, a fixture at the mall for decades, has been pulled from brink of death, again. It's the most prized name in the basket of brands that entrepreneur investors Alex Mehr and Tai Lopez have scooped up since the coronavirus pandemic bowled over the U.S. retail...
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November 24, 2020 - 8:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy Co. reported fiscal third-quarter results that blew through analysts' expectations as the nation's largest retailer enjoyed surging demand for items like home theater and appliances that help people learn, cook, work and connect in their homes during the pandemic. The...
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Demonstrators use a crowd control barrier to smash into the entrance of a Carrefour supermarket during a protest against the murder of Black man Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas at a different Carrefour supermarket the night before, on Brazil's National Black Consciousness Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Freitas died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, sparking outrage as videos of the incident circulated on social media. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
November 20, 2020 - 8:31 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Black man died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre on the eve of Friday's Black Consciousness Day observations, sparking outrage after videos of the incident circulated on social media. A short clip showed one guard...
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An elderly man wears a face mask as he walks on the Champs Elysee avenue, in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. France has surpassed 2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, the fourth-highest total in the world. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
November 20, 2020 - 11:45 am
PARIS (AP) — France's government on Friday got supermarket chains and e-commerce platforms like Amazon to agree to postpone “Black Friday” promotions, responding to concerns that shops shuttered by the nation's coronavirus lockdown are hemorrhaging business and could be hurt further if they miss...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo a shopper leaves a Macy's department store with bags in both hands during Black Friday shopping in New York. Macy's swung to a loss and saw its sales drop 22% during its fiscal third quarter as the department store chain continues to struggle to attract shoppers in a pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
November 19, 2020 - 1:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's swung to a quarterly loss and sales tumbled 22% as the department store chain struggled to bring shoppers back to stores during a pandemic. While the storied retailer did better than most had expected during the third quarter, cases of COVID-19 have begun to surge across the...
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FILE - This Oct. 16, 2019, file photo shows a sign at a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa. On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, General Motors says a pending breakthrough in battery chemistry will cut the price of its electric vehicles so they equal those powered by gasoline within five years. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
November 19, 2020 - 1:00 pm
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says a pending breakthrough in battery chemistry will cut the price of its electric vehicles so they equal those powered by gasoline within five years. The technology also will increase the range per charge to as much as 450 miles. The company’s product development...
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A real estate brokerage sign stands in front of a house, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Norwood, Mass. On Thursday, Nov. 19, U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, reaching record lows for the 13th time this year amid fresh signs of weakness in the pandemic-ravaged economy. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
November 19, 2020 - 12:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, reaching record lows for the 13th time this year amid fresh signs of weakness in the pandemic-ravaged economy. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year benchmark loan declined to 2.72% from 2.84...
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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2019, file photo shows former President Barack Obama speaking at the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif. Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
November 18, 2020 - 8:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's “A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history. The first-day sales, a record for Penguin Random House, includes pre-orders, e...
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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, file photo, a section of shelving that normally holds paper towels sits empty at Redner's in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., amid the latest surge of the coronavirus pandemic. (Lindsey Shuey/The Republican-Herald via AP)
November 17, 2020 - 6:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for toilet paper? Good luck. A surge of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. is sending people back to stores to stockpile again, leaving shelves bare and forcing retailers to put limits on purchases. Walmart said Tuesday it's having trouble keeping up with demand for cleaning...
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