Consumer services

January 17, 2018 - 4:02 am
LONDON (AP) — Burberry shares are down over 6 percent in early trading after the luxury fashion house reported disappointing retail sales for the holiday season. The company says Wednesday same-store sales for the three months ended Dec. 31 rose 2 percent from a year earlier. That "looks a bit drab...
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FILE - This Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, shows the exterior of the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington. More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used to influence the president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
January 16, 2018 - 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used...
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January 15, 2018 - 9:56 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Floor sensors that track people's movements are providing insight into consumer habits for stores looking to gain ground on e-commerce giants like Amazon. Brick-and-mortar stores have lagged behind online retailers on data collection because computer clicks are more easily analyzed...
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In this photo provided by Pasco County flames engulf a boat Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in the Tampa Bay area. The boat ferrying patrons to a casino ship off the Florida Gulf Coast caught fire near shore Sunday afternoon, and dozens of passengers and crew safely made it to land with some jumping overboard to escape, authorities said. (Pasco County Fire Rescue via AP)
January 15, 2018 - 8:06 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a casino shuttle boat that caught fire off Florida's Gulf Coast (all times local): 8 a.m. A female passenger on a casino shuttle boat that was consumed by a huge fire off Florida's Gulf Coast has died. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point spokesman Kurt Conover...
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January 12, 2018 - 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually. Under previous Supreme Court...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, file photo, a trader works at the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, led by gains in banks and retailers. Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields. Facebook dropped after saying it would make significant changes to user feeds that will result in fewer posts from brands. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 12, 2018 - 6:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rising retailers pushed U.S. stock indexes further into record territory on Friday, as the market's fabulous start to 2018 carried through its second week. Interest rates also climbed after a report showed that a key component of inflation accelerated last month. But stocks absorbed...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2017, file photo, a worker stacks merchandise outside a Walmart in Salem, N.H. Walmart is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits. The retailer said Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, changes to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the U.S., with the wage increase effective next month. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
January 12, 2018 - 12:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — For some Walmart employees, the day brought news of a pay raise. Others learned they were out of a job. Walmart said Thursday that it is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses. The announcement came as the company also confirmed it is closing dozens of...
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In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, photo, Laila Ummelaila, a personal shopper at the Walmart store in Old Bridge, N.J., pushes a cart with bins as she shops for online shoppers. On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, Walmart announced it is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
January 11, 2018 - 5:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam's Club warehouse stores — a move that a union-backed group estimated could cost thousands of jobs — on the same day the company announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses...
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January 11, 2018 - 8:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices fell 0.1 percent in December, led by cheaper food and lower shipping costs. The Labor Department says wholesale prices, which measure the cost of goods before they reach the consumer, increased 2.6 percent last month compared with the previous year. Excluding...
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January 11, 2018 - 5:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Marriot hotel chain apologized Thursday to China's government for referring to Tibet and self-ruled Taiwan as countries in a customer survey that news reports said Chinese police investigated as a possible crime. Marriott International Group "respects China's sovereignty," the...
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