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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. 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.

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NEW YORK (AP) — In Andrea Bright's home, Kleenex tissues, Charmin toilet paper and Glad trash bags have all been replaced by one brand: Prince & Spring.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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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10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. Banks lead stock rally; Nasdaq nears 3,000 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks dodged a big hit from the Greek debt crisis and rallied Thursday to lead the stock market higher. Strong retail sales and more encouraging news about the U.S. job market also helped stocks rise.

47. Costco 2Q net income rises, revenue climbs -

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Costco Wholesale Corp.'s fiscal second-quarter profit rose 13 percent as sales improved and it made more money from membership fees. The wholesale club operator's performance topped Wall Street's expectations. Its shares rose 2 percent in premarket trading.

48. Retailers deliver solid sales gains for January -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans were shopping in January, but not every store was feeling the love.

Retailers reported mixed sales results for the month in a sign that U.S. consumers continue to be cautious about when and where they spend their money in the shaky economy

49. Holiday discounts crimp retailers' profits -

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2011 holiday shopping season will go down in the record books as the year the Grinch stole stores' profits.

Many retailers sacrificed their bottom lines by pushing heavy discounts to shoppers bent on getting a good deal in a challenging economy. That created a sharp divide between stores that won the battle for wallets, and those that didn't.

50. Holiday discounts crimp retailers' profits -

NEW YORK (AP) — Many retailers delivered solid sales gains for December, but heavy discounts needed to get shoppers to buy exacted a high price, clouding the holiday shopping season.

Merchants had to mark down coats and other gifts to get shoppers to buy in a challenging economy. A mild start to winter also didn't help, wilting shoppers' appetite for cold-weather merchandise. That resulted in a string of retailers reducing their earnings outlooks.

51. US service firms grew at faster pace in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service companies grew at a faster pace in December, helping the economy end 2011 on a stronger note.

The Institute for Supply Management says its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 52.6 in December, up from 52 in November. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

52. Retailers report solid finale to holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — Many retailers are reporting solid sales gains for December, capping a decent holiday season, but shoppers bent on discounts exacted a high price.

Merchants had to mark down coats and other gifts to get shoppers to buy in a challenging economy. A mild winter also didn't help, wilting shoppers' appetite for cold-weather merchandise. That resulted in a string of retailers, including Target Corp., Kohl's Corp., J.C. Penney Co. and The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc., reducing their earnings outlooks.

53. Mall trade group: Post-Christmas shopping helped sales surge -

NEW YORK (AP) — A flurry of post-Christmas bargain shopping helped drive sales higher in the last week of December, according to a report Wednesday from a shopping mall trade group. Increased gift card use, mild weather and a federal holiday on Monday all contributed.

54. Bargain hunters divided holiday shopping into two seasons -

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons: the Black Friday binge and a last-minute surge.

Together, they added up to decent sales gains for retailers. And the doldrums in between showed how shoppers have learned to wait for the discounts they know will come.

55. Last-minute holiday shopping gives lift in finale -

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons split by a big lull.

A surge in buying in the two weeks before Christmas coupled with a record-breaking Black Friday gave retailers a solid season. The doldrums between the buying binges show how shoppers have learned to wait for the discounts they know will come.

56. Trade group: Holiday shoppers step up buying -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers came out again to seriously shop last week, after taking breather from a record spending spree over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to one measure

Sales at stores opened at least a year rose 3.4 percent for the week ended Saturday compared with the previous week, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index, released Tuesday.

57. Lack of ECB bond-buying plan sends stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell Thursday after the head of the European Central Bank said there was no existing plan for large-scale government bond purchases, as many in the markets had hoped.

58. Costco profit rises slightly, misses expectations -

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Costco Wholesale Corp. says its fiscal first-quarter profit rose 2.6 percent. Higher costs ate up much of a 12.5 percent increase in revenue.

59. Retailers report strong sales for November -

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are reporting strong sales gains in November, boosted by a discount-fueled spending binge for the start of the holiday shopping season last weekend. Now, the challenge is to keep shoppers spending throughout the most important selling period of the year.

60. Stocks rise on hopes for European banks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose for a second straight day Wednesday on signs that the U.S. economy grew in September and that European officials are moving to support the region's struggling banks.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 92 points, or 0.9 percent, to 10,901 with half an hour of trading left. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 16, or 1.4 percent, to 1,140. The Nasdaq composite jumped 48, or 2 percent, to 2,453.

61. Costco 4Q profit climbs; will hike membership fees -

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Costco Wholesale Corp.'s fiscal fourth-quarter net income climbed 11 percent as the wholesale club operator made more money on membership fees and saw its sales rise.

62. Economy shows signs of moving past August shocks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers and businesses are not so worried that the economy is about to tumble into a recession after all.

Manufacturing grew a little slower in August than the previous month, but it didn't contract as some had feared. Shoppers spent more at retail stores during the crucial back-to-school season. And fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs have slowed.

63. Retailers report solid gains for August -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers remained resilient in August despite wild stock market swings and worries about the U.S. economy, resulting in what's winding up to be a respectable back-to-school shopping season for many merchants.

64. Retailers report solid sales gains for July -

NEW YORK (AP) — The back-to-school season got off to a strong start as discounts and high temperatures in July drove shoppers to air-conditioned malls. But merchants worry that momentum won't continue through the remainder of the second-biggest shopping period of the year as the weather gets cold and the deals dry up.

65. Retailers report solid sales gains for July -

NEW YORK (AP) — Many retailers posted solid sales during the kickoff to the back-to-school season as deep discounts and sweltering heat in July drove shoppers to air conditioned malls. But merchants worry that momentum won't continue throughout the remainder of the second-biggest shopping period of the year.

66. US retailers post strong June sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — American consumers who were enticed by warmer weather and deep discounts of up to 80 percent on summer merchandise went on a buying binge in June, helping many retailers deliver the most robust revenue gains for that month since 1999.

67. Job outlook rises as reports suggest more hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — June may turn out to have been a good month to find a job after all.

A private report said businesses hired twice as many workers as economists had expected. Applications for unemployment benefits have reached a seven-week low. And more small businesses say they plan to increase hiring in the next three months, a trade association said.

68. US retailers post strong June sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. retailers are reporting robust sales as deep discounts on summer merchandise pulled in shoppers in June. But the concern is that the momentum may not continue heading into the back-to-school shopping season when consumers are likely to find higher prices on everything from clothing to handbags.

69. Costco key revenue figure up 13 percent in May -

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Costco Wholesale Corp.'s revenue at stores open at least a year climbed 13 percent in May, surpassing Wall Street's expectations.

70. Strong April is retailers' Easter present -

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers reported surging April sales that were helped by a late Easter, extending strong spending momentum since late last year.

However, some stores that cater to low-income shoppers are starting to warn that their customers are facing increasing pressure from high gas prices.

71. Shoppers shook off snow, retailers gained in January -

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers reported surprisingly solid January revenue gains Thursday that swept away fears that snowstorms in much of the country had chilled sales.

The reports, which are being compared with a respectable January 2010, offer encouraging signs that consumer spending is maintaining the momentum of the strong holiday season.