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Shoppers walk at the Village Pointe shopping mall in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 16, 2020. American shoppers ramped up their spending on store purchases by a record 17.7% from April to May, delivering a dose of energy for retailers that have been reeling since the coronavirus shut down businesses, flattened the economy and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
September 16, 2020 - 5:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans kept spending in August, but the pace of that growth is slowing as millions of people who lost jobs have now lost a $600 a week boost in their unemployment checks. Retail sales rose 0.6% last month, the fourth consecutive month of growth, the U.S. Commerce Department said...
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A bus passes a branch of Marks and Spencer in London, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Marks and Spencer has said it will cut 7,000 jobs over the next three months as the UK retailer overhauls its business in the latest sign of how the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the high street. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
August 18, 2020 - 3:21 am
LONDON (AP) — British retailer Marks & Spencer plans to eliminate about 7,000 jobs as it streamlines management and store operations after sales plunged during the COVID-19 pandemic. The job cuts, which represent about 9% of the company’s workforce, will occur over the next three months and...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2020 file photo, a price sign is displayed at a retail store as a store employee wears a mask while working in Niles, Ill. Small businesses are in limbo again as the coronavirus outbreak rages and the government’s $659 billion relief program draws to a close. Companies still struggling with sharply reduced revenue are wondering if Congress will give them a second chance at the Paycheck Protection Program, which ends Friday, Aug. 7, after giving out 5.1 million loans worth $523 billion. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
August 14, 2020 - 6:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their retail purchases by 1.2% in July, with solid gains in appliances and clothing helping restore sales to their level before the viral pandemic erupted in March. Sales at retail stores and restaurants have now risen for three straight months, after plunges...
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Exterior of a Stein Mart location
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Associated Press
August 12, 2020 - 10:56 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — National discount department store chain Stein Mart filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after 112 years in business, and announced that it will close most, if not all, of its 280 stores. “The combined effects of a challenging retail environment coupled with the impact of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, women peer in the front door of Lord & Taylor's flagship Fifth Avenue store which closed for good in New York. New York landmark retailer Lord & Taylor has filed for bankruptcy, joining a growing list of retailers flummoxed by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
August 03, 2020 - 5:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Lord & Taylor, America's oldest retailer, is seeking bankruptcy protection, as is the owner of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, lengthening the list of major retail chains that have faltered in the pandemic. Household names, many longtime anchors in malls nationwide, were...
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FILE - This March 5, 2013 file photo shows an Ann Taylor store in Mount Lebanon, Pa. The operator of Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday, July 23, 2020, the latest retailer to do so during the pandemic. Mahwah, New Jersey-based Ascena Retail Group Inc., which operates nearly 3,000 stores mostly at malls, has been dragged down by debt and weak sales for years. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
July 23, 2020 - 2:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The operator of Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, the latest retailer to do so during the pandemic. Mahwah, New Jersey-based Ascena Retail Group Inc., which operates nearly 3,000 stores mostly at malls, had been dragged down by debt...
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FILE - This Aug. 17, 2017 file photo shows a pair of boots being constructed at the L.L. Bean manufacturing center in Lewiston, Maine. L.L. Bean is moving further away from its original model of direct-to-customer catalog sales and sales in their own stores, with an agreement in 2020 to sell products through Nordstroms, Staples and the Scheels sporting goods chain. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
July 17, 2020 - 4:39 am
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean is expanding from its original model of direct-to-customer catalog sales and in-stores sales with an agreement to sell products in Nordstrom, Staples and sporting goods chain SCHEELS. The company's first wholesale agreements in the U.S. represent a push to get L.L...
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FILE - In this July 14, 2020, file photo, a firefighter wears a face mask with the colors of the French flag, prior to the Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris. Masks made of cotton and other washable materials have become a big seller as face coverings have emerged as one of the most effective ways to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)
July 16, 2020 - 10:10 am
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — They can be colorful or come in basic black, make a political statement or just a funny one. Masks made of cotton and other washable materials have become big sellers, and an emerging fashion item, as face coverings have been increasingly mandated around the world to reduce the...
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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)
Associated Press
July 15, 2020 - 1:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements. The company said Wednesday that the...
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Chief Yeoman Warder Peter McGowran, right, speaks on a radio flanked by Yeoman Gaoler Jim Duncan as they stand next to the gates at the main entrance before opening to visitors at the Tower of London, in London, Friday, July 10, 2020. The Tower of London reopened to visitors Friday as the British government continues to relax its coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
July 10, 2020 - 10:56 am
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ RETAIL: — Clothing company Express has reopened about...
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