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1. Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor -

The Trump Administration is blocking shipments from a Chinese company making baby pajamas sold at Costco warehouses, after the foreign manufacturer was accused of forcing ethnic minorities locked in an internment camp to sew clothes against their will.

2. Walmart rolls out unlimited grocery delivery subscription -

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out an unlimited grocery delivery subscription service this fall as it races to gain an advantage in the competitive fresh food business.

The service will charge an annual membership fee of $98 for subscribers to access unlimited same-day delivery, which will be offered in 1,400 stores in 200 markets. By year-end, it will extend to a total of 1,600 stores — or more than 50% of the country.

3. Blue Apron latest to suffer in tough meal kit market -

Meal kit companies face an ultimatum: Adapt or die.

The business is still in its infancy, with the biggest players — Blue Apron and HelloFresh — less than a decade old. But they're facing serious challenges from restaurant and grocery delivery services, smaller niche players and even home chefs.

4. Three ways to satisfy shopping urge without going broke -

Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit.

Whether you sometimes give in to a weakness for designer handbags or brand-name shoes, here are three ways to help you manage the urge to spend. Pick the tactic that works best for you: postponing the purchase, making a plan or doing something else instead.

5. Stocks sink again as job gains send bond yields higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock and bond prices fell again Friday after the Labor Department said the economy continues to add jobs at a strong pace, and investors worried about a three-day surge in yields.

6. Kroger to sell its goods to Chinese shoppers through Tmall -

NEW YORK (AP) — Kroger will start to sell some of its products to Chinese shoppers through a website owned by internet giant Alibaba, the latest move by the supermarket chain to boost its digital business.

7. The next Kirkland? Online retailers create their own brands -

NEW YORK (AP) — In Andrea Bright's home, Kleenex tissues, Charmin toilet paper and Glad trash bags have all been replaced by one brand: Prince & Spring.

8. Tech companies lead US stocks higher as tax plan advances -

Wall Street capped the week with broad gains, propelling the major stock indexes to a new set of milestones Friday.

Investors welcomed signs that Congressional Republicans were solidifying support for a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws ahead of an expected vote next week.

9. Target aims to boost same-day delivery by acquiring Shipt -

NEW YORK (AP) — Target plans to boost its same-day delivery capability by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon.

Shipt delivers groceries to its members, who pay $99 a year. Target said Wednesday that it will add more products to the service next year, such as home goods and electronics, and most of its in-store products will be available on Shipt by 2019. Target shoppers will have to make orders through Shipt's app or website and pay the annual fee to get same-day delivery. There are plans to incorporate Shipt into Target's app and website, but the companies did not say when that would happen.

10. Stocks fade from records; S&P 500 breaks winning streak -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks faded a bit from their record highs on Friday after telecom and energy stocks sank. The loss for the Standard & Poor's 500 index was small, but it was the first in nearly two weeks.

11. Donating to Harvey relief efforts: How, when, what to give -

NEW YORK (AP) — Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Harvey, a severe, Category 4 hurricane that has devastated South Texas and could still lead to worse flooding in the days ahead.

12. Amazon to cut prices on Whole Foods staples like eggs, beef -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is moving swiftly to make big changes at Whole Foods, saying it plans to cut prices on bananas, eggs, salmon, beef and more as soon as it completes its $13.7 billion takeover next week.

13. Shopping by voice on Amazon or Google device could cost you -

NEW YORK (AP) — In the name of convenience, Amazon and Walmart are pushing people to shop by just talking to a digital assistant.

Shopping by voice means giving orders to the Alexa assistant on Amazon's Echo speaker and other devices, even if your hands are tied up with dinner or dirty diapers. And next month, Walmart will start offering voice shopping , too, with the Google Assistant on the rival Home speaker.

14. Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping -

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone.

The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it's working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.

15. Grocery store stocks plummet after Amazon-Whole Foods deal -

Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market is sending the stocks of grocery store operators and other companies that compete with Whole Foods plunging.

Investors worry that Amazon, which has already won over hordes of shoppers of clothing, electronics and many other kinds of goods, wreaking havoc on department stores and other brick-and-mortar retailers, will do the same thing with groceries.

16. Amazon buying Whole Foods in bold move into brick and mortar -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a stunning move that gives it hundreds of stores across the U.S. — a brand-new laboratory for radical retail experiments that could revolutionize the way people buy groceries.

17. Amazon-Whole Foods deal hammers grocery stores; Dow ticks up -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's $13.4 billion deal for Whole Foods sent grocery stores, big retailers, and food makers and distributors plunging Friday. Energy companies rose while other stocks were little changed.

18. US stocks stand still after 6-day push to record highs -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed Friday afternoon in quiet trading ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. Household goods companies are rising as beauty products makers Ulta and Coty climb. Technology companies, which have led the market's recent rally, are slightly lower. Indexes remain near record highs following a six-day winning streak.

19. Stocks wobble in the early going a day after late sell-off -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are wavering Thursday morning after a sharp drop late in the previous day. Energy companies are rising with the price of oil and retailers are up after a series of strong sales reports. Later, President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will start a two-day meeting.

20. Banks, health care companies lead stocks slightly higher -

A late wave of buying helped nudge U.S. stock indexes slightly higher Friday after a day of mostly listless trading.

Banks and health care stocks climbed the most as investors priced in an increasing likelihood that interest rates will rise in the coming months.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen helped stoke those expectations in a speech in which she said an improving job market and rising inflation would likely prompt the central bank to increase borrowing costs.
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21. Costco agrees to pay $12M over lax pharmacy practices -

SEATTLE (AP) — Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period.

22. Gains for banks and tech lead stocks to all-time highs -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edging higher in late morning trading Thursday, keeping major market indexes at record highs. Banks, technology and materials companies are leading the way higher. Defense contractors and other industrial companies are taking losses. Bond yields rose.

23. US stocks make small gains as banks trade higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S.stocks are mostly higher Thursday morning as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen emphasizes that the Fed plans to raise interest rates, which is sending bond yields higher and giving banks a boost. Companies that make and sell food and household goods are lagging the market after Wal-Mart and Smucker announced disappointing sales.

24. Google launches home delivery service in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Google has launched its home delivery service across Tennessee.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2dFa2qc) reports that Google Express launched Tuesday and will connect shoppers with select retailers across the state.

25. Bank stocks lead a rebound on Wall Street -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street, led by big gains in bank stocks.

Financial stocks were bouncing back Friday following a big drop a day earlier as worries eased over the outlook for Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender.

26. AAA research finds people waste money on premium gas -

DETROIT (AP) — There is no sense paying a premium for premium gasoline if your car is designed to run on regular, according to research by the automobile club AAA.

Some drivers occasionally like to treat their cars to higher-octane fuel in the belief it boosts performance. But premium blends can cost around 50 cents a gallon more than regular.

27. A weak start to September for US stock market -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly lower Thursday morning as the market gets off to a quiet start in September. Energy companies are falling with the price of oil and weak reports from Costco and Campbell Soup are hurting household goods companies. Materials companies are continuing their recent gains.

28. US stocks barely budge as banks slip after two-day surge -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are hardly budging Thursday morning after big gains over the last two days. Banks and chemicals companies are down the most. However retailers, which have been pummeled in recent weeks, traded higher following a group of strong earnings reports.

29. Stocks end mostly unchanged after key Fed minutes released -

NEW YORK (AP) — New signs that interest rates may be heading higher sent stocks flitting between gains and losses Wednesday, but the major indexes ended up closing pretty much where they started.

30. US stocks mostly slide as retail suffering continues -

NEW YORK (AP) — A late slump Friday pulled U.S. stocks to their third straight weekly loss. Companies that make clothing, food and household goods dropped on more bad news from retailers, and energy companies fell with the price of oil.

31. US stocks skid in early trading, oil prices slip -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are sinking broadly Thursday morning. Banks and mining and metals companies are taking some of the biggest losses. Oil prices are inching lower after a 5 percent jump a day earlier.

32. US stocks take small losses; Kroger, Costco sink -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks declined Thursday morning, with utility companies taking the biggest losses. Oil prices traded lower. The price of oil and the broader market both rose modestly a day earlier.

33. Neal & Harwell’s Flint selected as LCLD Fellow -

Chandra N.T. Flint, member at Neal & Harwell, PLC, has been selected as a member of the 2016 class of fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

34. American Express to trim $1 billion in expenses -

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express plans to trim $1 billion in expenses over the next two years as it deals with the impact of the strong dollar and fierce competition for its cardholders.

Its fourth-quarter profit declined 38 percent from a year ago, and its shares dropped 4 percent in after-hours trading.

35. Energy stocks lead a broad rally as the price of oil soars -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks made their biggest gain in more than a month on Friday as oil prices surged, lifting energy stocks. Tech stocks also climbed as Apple shares had their day since August.

36. Tech stocks lead a broad decline in the US market -

NEW YORK (AP) — A slump in technology shares on Wednesday helped turn early gains in U.S. stock indexes into losses across industries, extending the market's losing streak to a third day.

Investors sent the Dow Jones industrial average up 200 points in morning, then began dumping some big tech stocks. Apple fell 2.2 percent and Microsoft lost 1.5 percent.

37. List of large chain stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday -

NEW YORK (AP) — After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals online, many still plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day or in the early morning hours of Black Friday. So if you prefer to pick up those discounted TVs, toys and other goods in person, here's a list of what time stores are open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday:

38. Target to match online prices with online rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) — Starting Thursday, Target will now match its online prices with more than two dozen online competitors including Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

39. Target tests grocery delivery service -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is testing the online grocery delivery waters. The Minneapolis-based discounter has teamed with Instacart, the online grocery delivery service that started in 2012, to let shoppers in the Minneapolis area order fruits and other perishables, as well as household, pet and baby products, and have them delivered to their homes in as little as an hour.

40. Contested Utah law could impact contact lens industry -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that took effect this week in Utah is a setback for the nation's largest manufacturers that could have ripple effects across the country amid an increasingly bitter fight with discount retailers.

41. AmEx to roll out new loyalty program today -

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express will roll out a new loyalty program, Plenti, on Monday, allowing U.S. shoppers for the first time to earn rewards points through a variety of purchases, from paying a phone bill to filling up at the pump.

42. Nasdaq Record: Then and Now -

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen years after peaking during the dot-com boom, the Nasdaq composite has reached a new all-time high.

But this isn't the Nasdaq of Pets.com and Webvan, when companies were valued on "cash burn rates" and "eyeballs."

43. ‘Pioneering is a bitch’: Longtime business owners, residents squeezed out of hot neighborhoods -

Christy Shuff was robbed on the night she moved some equipment into her soon-to-open new business, Rumours Gallery, on 12South Avenue.

That was 12 years ago, and Shuff, now 40, and her then-husband Will Shuff were aspiring urban pioneers, ready to take a chance on the downtrodden, but affordable 12South area, then home to a few businesses and mostly older houses.

44. AmEx Troubles: Some cardholders can leave home without it -

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, American Express was the undisputed credit card of choice among corporate road warriors, the wealthy and the well-traveled, who lived by the company's slogan, "Don't leave home without it."

45. Need even cheaper gas? Groceries, big boxes have it -

Why be content with low gas prices when you can get discounted low gas prices?

Consumers are filling up at fuel centers associated with a business where shopping for products offers discounts at the pump.

46. AmEx to debut multi-brand customer loyalty program in US -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — American Express is preparing to launch a customer loyalty program in the U.S. that will enable shoppers at select retailers rack up points that they can use toward future purchases at Macy's, Exxon Mobil, AT&T and other participating companies.

47. US stocks fall broadly a day after Nasdaq passes 5,000 mark -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell from record highs on Tuesday and the Nasdaq dropped below 5,000 a day after passing that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago.

The losses were modest but broad, with eight industry sectors in the Standard and Poor's 500 index falling. Higher oil prices helped oil drillers and other energy companies buck the trend. They eked out a 0.2 percent rise for the day.

48. Costco strikes credit card deal with Citi, Visa -

NEW YORK (AP) — Costco says it struck a deal for Citi to be the exclusive issuer of its co-branded credit cards, with Visa replacing American Express as the card network.

The deal is subject to Citi buying the company's co-branded credit card portfolio, Costco said.

49. Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high -

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet was probably still dial-up, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.

50. US stocks rise as technology, energy sectors gain -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Thursday as technology and energy stocks notched gains.

Cisco Systems was the biggest gainer in the technology sector after reporting better-than-expected earnings. Energy stocks advanced as the price of oil rebounded following two days of heavy losses.

51. Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings.

The pace of job growth over the past three months was the fastest in 17 years. The gains spanned nearly every industry, and some employers have finally had to dangle higher pay to attract or retain top talent.

52. Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

53. Ohio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving — an effort that comes as Macy's, the holiday's quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day.

54. Wish granted: Same-day delivery for the holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Amazon, Target and Macy's and other retailers are offering speedier delivery, including overnight and same-day options that will continue even past the holidays.

55. School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

Preschool can lift children from poverty. Top high schools prepare students for college. A college degree boosts pay over a lifetime. And the U.S. economy would grow faster if more people stayed in school longer.

56. US retail sales tick up just 0.2 percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales increased slightly in June, evidence that consumers remain cautious despite steady job gains this year.

Retail sales rose just 0.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, held back by a sharp drop at building materials and garden supply stores. Sales also fell at restaurants and at auto dealers.

57. A NORML response to those who want laws changed -

A couple of years ago, computer programmer Scott Burchfield set out to meet some new friends.

He had worked from home for 15 years, so workplace relationships were nonexistent. He was interested in meeting some cannabis-friendly folks, but not exactly interested in taking his chances at the bar scene.

58. Stocks mostly higher as US job market improves -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mostly higher Thursday afternoon after the government reported that the number of people filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in three months. Staples plunged after the company said it was closing 10 percent of its stores as more people shop online.

59. Costco key November sales misses Wall Street's view -

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Costco's sales at stores open at least a year rose 2 percent in November, missing Wall Street's expectations for a period that included the critical Black Friday holiday shopping weekend.

60. Stocks edge higher after encouraging jobs reports -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher Thursday after a pair of reports provided more evidence that the U.S. is maintaining a slow but steady economic recovery.

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week and is near the lowest level since June 2008, the Labor Department said Thursday. Weekly applications are just 1,000 above a five-year low reached last month.

61. Want to rent your space through Ainbnb? Some tips for success -

Veteran journalist and Nashville Ledger correspondent Jeannie Naujeck receives top marks from guests on Airbnb.com. Visitors give her 5 of 5 stars overall and 5 stars in all categories (accuracy, cleanliness, check in, communication, location, value).

62. Retailers see slow start to back-to-school season -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers.

Revenue at stores open at least a year — an industry measure of a retailer's health— rose 3.8 percent in July, the slowest pace since March, according to a preliminary tally of 10 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The figure, which excludes drugstores, was below a 5.5 percent increase in June.

63. Retailers see slow start to back-to-school season -

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are reporting a slow start to the critical back-to-school shopping season in July. Shoppers focused on discounted summer merchandise but held off on picking up new fall clothing in an uncertain economy.

64. Retailers report strong gains for June -

NEW YORK (AP) — June sales heated up for stores.

Costco Corp., Fred's Inc. and Stein Mart Inc. were among the retailers that reported their strongest sales gains since January, as shoppers, enticed by warm weather and an improving economy, took advantage of summer discounts.

65. Retailers report strong gains for June -

NEW YORK (AP) — June sales heated up for stores.

Retailers are reporting their strongest sales gains since January, as shoppers, enticed by warm weather and an improving economy, took advantage of summer discounts.

66. Retailers report modest gains for May -

NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest sign that Americans are feeling better about the overall economy, stores across the country had a pickup in sales in May.

An improving job picture, better housing market and stock market rallies have all led to consumer confidence reaching five-year highs. That has left Americans a bit more likely to reach into their pockets and spend, as monthly revenue reports released by national retailers on Thursday show.

67. Retailers report modest gains for May -

NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest sign that Americans are feeling better about the overall economy, stores across the country had a pickup in sales in May.

An improving job picture, better housing market and stock market rallies have all led to consumer confidence reaching five-year highs. That has left Americans a bit more likely to reach into their pockets and spend, as monthly revenue reports released by national retailers on Thursday show.

68. Retailers report modest gains for April -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans spent briskly during the early spring months in the latest sign that they're encouraged by the economic recovery.

Falling gas prices, a rallying stock market and gains in the job market all fueled Americans' shopping habits even as cold weather tempered their desire to buy spring fashions.

69. Cold March keeps shoppers' spending tepid -

NEW YORK (AP) — So much for new spring shorts and T-shirts. As cold weather lingered across most of the country, Americans shopped modestly in March.

U.S. retailers reported a key revenue figure rose slightly during the month, as shoppers held back on spending because of the cold weather across the nation, particularly the Midwest and East Coast, and continued fears about the economy. Economists monitor consumer spending because it accounts for more than 70 percent of economic activity.

70. Cold March keeps shoppers' spending tepid -

NEW YORK (AP) — So much for new spring shorts and T-shirts. As cold weather lingered across most of the country, Americans shopped modestly in March.

U.S. retailers reported a key revenue figure rose slightly during the month, as shoppers held back on spending because of the cold weather across the nation, particularly the Midwest and East Coast, and continued fears about the economy. Economists monitor consumer spending because it accounts for more than 70 percent of economic activity.

71. Dow ekes out eight straight advance -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average logged its longest winning streak in two years — barely.

A tiny gain gave the Dow its eighth straight increase Tuesday, long enough to match its longest series of gains since February 2011.

72. Retailers report slowing sales gains for February -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans cut back on spending in February as cold weather and economic challenges chilled their appetite for spring merchandise.

The nation's retailers on Thursday reported that sales slowed in February, a time when most stores get rid of winter merchandise and bring in swimsuits, ankle length pants and other spring fashions.

73. Retailers report slowing sales gains for February -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans cut back on spending in February as cold weather and economic challenges chilled their appetite for spring merchandise.

The nation's retailers on Thursday reported that sales slowed in February, a time when most stores get rid of winter merchandise and bring in swimsuits, ankle length pants and other spring fashions.

74. Office Depot agrees to buy OfficeMax in stock deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — Office Depot Inc. said Wednesday it will buy Office Depot in an all-stock deal that would transform office-supply retail sector.

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Office Depot Inc. and Naperville, Ill.-based OfficeMax said holders of OfficeMax shares will receive 2.69 shares of Office Depot for every OfficeMax share they own.

75. Obama, business groups differ on minimum wage plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour and tying future increases to inflation will boost the incomes of millions living in poverty and spur job growth by pouring more money into the economy. But business groups are not so sure.

76. Retailers report higher December sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — A last-minute surge in spending seems to have saved the holiday shopping season.

Major retailers including Costco, Gap and Nordstrom on Thursday reported better-than-expected revenue in December. That comes as a relief for stores, which can make up to 40 percent of their annual revenue in the last two months of the year.

77. Retailers report higher December sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — A last-minute surge in spending seems to have saved the holiday shopping season for stores.

Major retailers including Costco, Gap and Nordstrom on Thursday reported better-than-expected revenue in December. That comes as a relief for stores that can make up to 40 percent of their annual revenue during the winter holiday shopping period that runs from November through the end of December.

78. Prospects brighten for wine in Tennessee groceries -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The top two Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly support allowing the sale of wine in supermarkets, and the influx of new GOP lawmakers is giving them the opportunity to reshape key committees where efforts to make that change have long been blocked by opponents.

79. Costco plans special cash dividend of $7 per share -

Costco plans a special dividend of $7 per share next month in addition to the regular quarterly dividend the wholesale club operator pays shareholders.

The Issaquah, Wash., company said Wednesday that the special dividend will be payable Dec. 18 to shareholders of record Dec. 10. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s regular quarterly dividend of 27.5 cents per share will be paid Nov. 30 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 16.

80. Dow closes up 107 points on hopes for deal on "cliff" -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gained on signs that lawmakers are edging toward a deal that would help the U.S. avoid the "fiscal cliff."

Indexes shrugged off an early loss and rose in afternoon trading Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 106.98 points at 12,985.11. It had been down as much as 112 points in early trading.

81. Retailers' gains in October could hurt holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans spent briskly in October before Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast on the tail-end of the month. But the question is whether they're still willing to buy an iPhone for Christmas if they plunked down hundreds on a generator for Sandy?

82. Retailers' gains in October could hurt holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans spent briskly in October before Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast at the tail-end of the month. But the question is whether they're still willing to buy an iPhone for Christmas if they plunked down hundreds on a generator for Sandy?

83. Costco key revenue figure up 7 pct in October -

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Costco's revenue at stores open at least a year rose 7 percent in October, topping analysts' expectations.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters predicted a 6.6 percent increase.

84. High court hears closely watched copyright case -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Costco, eBay, Google and the nation's top art museums are backing a Thai graduate student against book publishers, the movie and music industries and other manufacturers in a Supreme Court battle over copyright protections with important implications for consumers and multibillion dollar annual sales online and in discount stores.

85. Dow falls 128, with Chevron and Alcoa leading way -

NEW YORK (AP) — Downbeat reports from Alcoa and Chevron at the start of corporate earnings season pulled stock indexes lower for a third straight day Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 128 points, its steepest loss since late June.

86. Dow Jones average climbs after jobs report -

NEW YORK (AP) — An encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from Costco and other retail stores helped push the stock market higher Thursday.

The government said that 367,000 Americans sought unemployment benefits for the first time last week. That's an increase from the previous week but fewer than economists had forecast.

87. Retailers report slower sales growth in September -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans may have slowed their spending in September after splurging during the start of the busy back-to-school shopping season in the month before. But most importantly, they were still spending.

88. US consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in July after earning a little more. The increase in income and consumer spending could help boost an economy mired in subpar growth.

89. US consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in July after earning a little more. The increase in income and consumer spending could help boost an economy mired in subpar growth.

90. The market's August lull nears an end; stocks fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — The late-summer lull is about to end.

Stocks fell Thursday, with investors too worried about high gas prices and stagnant employment to be impressed by higher consumer spending.

91. After weak June, retailers to sweat out summer -

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers could be sweating it out this summer.

Shoppers, worried about jobs and the economy, pulled back on spending in June, slowing sales for most retailers to the weakest pace since 2009. And that could leave merchants on edge, wondering if Americans will spend more when the back-to-school season starts in late July.

92. US hiring outlook improves, but economy still weak -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the U.S. job market brightened a little Thursday after the government said fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week and surveys of private companies showed hiring increased in June.

93. Retailers report tepid sales for June -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers, worried about jobs and the overall economy, pulled back on spending in June, resulting in tepid sales results for many retailers.

The reports raise concerns about Americans' ability to spend during the back-to-school shopping season, which starts later this month.

94. US jobless aid applications fall to 6-week low -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed hiring picked up in June. The reports offered some hope for the job market after three sluggish months of hiring.

95. Shoppers cautiously pushed up spending in May -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans loosened their purse strings in May to update their wardrobes with bright new styles and take advantage of Mother's Day promotions.

Major retailers including Target Corp., Macy's Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. all posted bigger-than-expected gains from a year ago. The modest but healthy gains followed a dismal showing in April, when retailers on average posted their weakest performance since November 2009.

96. April retail sales worst since 2009 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' spending — much like the economy — continues to yo-yo.

Major retailers such as Costco and Macy's reported on Thursday that April revenue rose less that 1 percent in the worst performance since 2009 when the U.S. economy was just coming out of a bad recession.

97. April retail sales worst since 2009 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' spending — much like the economy — continues to yo-yo.

Major retailers such as Costco and Macy's reported on Thursday that April revenue rose less that 1 percent in the worst performance since 2009 when the U.S. economy was just coming out of a bad recession.

98. US stocks dip after conflicting economic reports -

Wall Street gnawed on a muddle of economic data and corporate earnings Thursday, pushing stocks lower after a brief rise.

The American consumer's buying power was thrown into doubt early on after Costco, Macy's and Target posted disappointing April sales. Colder temperatures and renewed concerns about the economy weighed on shoppers.

99. Retailers report positive March sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — March came in like a lion for retailers, as warm weather and demand for spring fashions helped push sales up.

Retailers from discounter Target Corp. to depart-store chain Macy's to outdoor sports retailer Zumiez reported better-than-expected sales during the month in the latest sign that Americans are feeling better about the economy. The sales reports come ahead of a government report that's expected will show the fourth straight month of strong hiring.

100. Kroger, Stop & Shop join 'pink slime' exodus -

NEW YORK (AP) — Supermarket chains Kroger Co. and Stop & Shop said Thursday they will join the growing list of store chains that will no longer sell beef that includes an additive with the unappetizing moniker "pink slime."