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1. Dow surges 326 points on hopes for US-China trade talks -

Stocks finished with broad gains on Wall Street Thursday, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 300 points higher.

The buying spree gave the market its second straight gain after a wobbly start to the week. The S&P 500 is now on track for its first weekly gain in five weeks.

2. US stock indexes end mixed ahead of Fed chairman speech -

A wobbly day on Wall Street left stock indexes mostly lower Thursday as investors turned cautious ahead of a widely anticipated speech by the Federal Reserve chairman.

Losses by health care, technology and energy companies, among other sectors, outweighed gains by banks, consumer goods makers and elsewhere in the market. Bond prices fell, nudging yields higher.

3. US stocks climb after major US retailers post solid earnings -

Strong earnings reports from several big retailers helped drive stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday as the market bounced back from its first loss in four days.

Target notched its biggest-ever gain, while Lowe's had its best day in more than a year, leading a broad rally in companies that rely on consumer spending. Nordstrom, Kohl's, Gap and other retailers closed higher.

4. Retailers' results show sharp divide between losers, winners -

NEW YORK (AP) — The divide between retail winners and losers is widening.

That became even more evident Wednesday with the latest batch of earnings reports: Big-box stores and off-price retailers have been responding faster to shoppers' increasing shift online with expanded deliveries and better merchandise. But many mall-based clothing chains and department stores continue to suffer weak sales as they struggle to lure in shoppers.

5. Technology companies drive a broad rally on Wall Street -

Technology companies powered a rally on Wall Street Monday that gave the market its third straight gain.

The surge in tech stocks followed a decision by the U.S. to give Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American suppliers. Chipmakers including Qualcomm, Intel and Micron, all rose.

6. Walmart delivers big in 2Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart offered a dose of optimism amid growing concerns over weakening economic growth by raising its annual outlook after a strong second quarter.

Sales at stores opened at least a year rose 2.8%, its 20th consecutive quarter in the right direction as the world's largest retailer continues to expand its grocery delivery services. U.S. online sales increased 37%.

7. Stocks fall sharply after bond market warns of recession -

Stocks fell sharply Wednesday after the bond market raised another warning flag on the economy.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury briefly dropped below the two-year Treasury's yield Wednesday morning for the first time since 2007. The so-called inversion has correctly predicted many past recessions and is the loudest warning bell yet about a possible recession ahead.

8. US stocks fall on mixed earnings, trade tensions; oil slumps -

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Wednesday, weighed down by a mixed batch of corporate earnings from big retailers and lingering uncertainty over the trade spat between the U.S. and China.

Lowe's and Nordstrom were among the biggest decliners in the S&P 500 after the retailers reported quarterly results that fell short of Wall Street's expectations. Target bucked the trend, surging after its latest results handily topped analysts' forecasts.

9. Target's online game is on target -

NEW YORK (AP) — An aggressive campaign at Target to let customers do more online is paying off.

The retailer exceeded first quarter expectations on just about every level, saying the same day services it's rolled out, including picking up online orders at the store, drove more than 25% of comparable sales growth. That measure, which includes sales at stores open at least a year and online sales, rose 4.8% on top of traffic growth of 4.3%. Online sales soared 42%.

10. Department stores troubles rise on Penney, Kohl's results -

NEW YORK (AP) — The outlook for department stores got murkier Tuesday after J.C. Penney and Kohl's reported fiscal first quarter results that showed they struggled at the start of the year.

Penney, which has been trying to turn around its business for several years after a disastrous reinvention plan, reported a wider than expected loss and sales declines during the quarter. Kohl's sales momentum took a pause during the quarter as well, and it cut its fiscal 2020 profit outlook as it struggled with slumping sales. It cited damp weather that cut into sales of spring clothing and a competitive environment in discounted home goods.

11. Levi Strauss has big day after going public again -

NEW YORK (AP) — Levi Strauss & Co., which gave America its first pair of blue jeans, is public for the second time.

12. Holiday season defines winners and losers in retail -

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2018 holiday season turned out to be a mixed bag for retailers, with some of them defying a gloomy government report in December that raised concerns that shoppers were hunkering down everywhere.

13. J.C. Penney closes more stores after a weak holiday season -

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is closing more stores following weak holiday sales season for the retailer.

Net income tumbled nearly 70 percent, and a key measure for health dropped 4 percent in the fourth-quarter, the most crucial period of the year for retailers who bank on strong holiday sales.

14. A very merry Christmas at Best Buy with sales booming -

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy put up some big holiday sales numbers Wednesday, more evidence that Americans are willing and able to spend on gadgets and big TVs.

The nation's largest consumer electronics chain delivered a better-than-expected 3 percent increase in sales at established stores for the fiscal fourth quarter. The company also issued an annual profit forecast that was roughly in line with Wall Street expectations.

15. Department store executive Blake Nordstrom dies at 58 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Blake Nordstrom, who led the upscale department store chain Nordstrom as co-president with his brothers Erik and Peter, has died. He was 58.

The Seattle-based company did not disclose the cause of death, saying Nordstrom passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday. Last month, Nordstrom said that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, but that his cancer was treatable.

16. Wall Street notches best day in 10 years in holiday rebound -

Wall Street notched its best day in 10 years as stocks rallied back Wednesday, giving some post-Christmas hope to a market that has otherwise been battered this December.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 1,000 points — its biggest point-gain ever — rising nearly 5 percent as investors returned from a holiday break. The benchmark S&P 500 index also gained 5 percent and the technology heavy Nasdaq rose 5.8 percent.

17. Retailers aim to pick up business from defunct, dying rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us and Bon-Ton may be gone but they haven't been forgotten.

Companies like Target and online mattress company Casper are creating playbooks to pick up market share that those and other defunct or dying retailers left behind.

18. Tech companies, retailers weigh on US stocks; Oil prices up -

U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower in early trading Friday, erasing some of the market's gains from a day earlier. Losses in technology companies, big retailers and banks outweighed gains in health care and energy stocks. Crude oil prices headed higher for the third day in a row.

19. Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher -

Wall Street capped a day of volatile trading with a late-afternoon buying spree that sent U.S. stock indexes to a mostly higher finish Friday.

Despite the 11th-hour rally, the benchmark S&P 500 index ended with its second weekly loss in four weeks.

20. Macy's heads into the holiday season like a boss -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is heading into the crucial holiday season firing on all cylinders, logging its fourth consecutive quarter of sales growth at existing locations and getting strong reactions from customers both online and in its stores.

21. Tech giants slide, pulling US stock market sharply lower -

A broad sell-off in technology companies pulled U.S. stocks sharply lower Monday, knocking more than 600 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The wave of selling snared big names, including Apple, Amazon and Goldman Sachs. Banks, consumer-focused companies, and media and communications stocks all took heavy losses. Crude oil prices fell, erasing early gains and extending a losing streak to 11 days.

22. 4 reasons why shoppers are in the mood to spend -

NEW YORK (AP) — The store isn't dead for Home Depot, Kohl's, Best Buy or Target. Many traditional chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores, as people are in a mood to spend.

What's driving it? A booming economy and companies' own efforts to try to Amazon-proof their businesses. That means making their stores more pleasant, updating their websites and speeding up delivery.

23. Big investments in stores, tech pay off at Target -

NEW YORK (AP) — Target reported strong sales growth both at stores and online, helped by remodeled locations and new delivery services as well as a stronger economy. Like Nordstrom, Walmart and Home Depot, it also raised its outlook as retailers benefit from shoppers spending more freely.

24. Retailers, airlines lift US stocks higher, extending gains -

Retailers and airlines helped lift U.S. stocks broadly higher Monday, extending the market's gains from last week.

Consumer-focused companies and industrial stocks grabbed most of the gains. Banks and health care stocks also rose. Energy companies climbed along with the price of U.S. crude oil.

25. Stocks jump as hopes rise for progress on China trade talks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose late in the day Friday as investors welcomed signs of progress in resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The Wall Street Journal reported that the countries hope to have a resolution by November.

26. US stocks climb ahead of China trade talks; Walmart surges -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are surging Thursday morning as China and the U.S. prepare to hold their first trade discussions in months, a potential sign of progress toward ending the trade war between them. Walmart is surging after the retailer said its sales climbed in second quarter.

27. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for July 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, July 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

28. Macy's rebound continues into 2Q, but shares tumble -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's raised its annual profit forecast as the department store reported an unexpected increase in a key sales measure.

The Cincinnati department store chain has now reported its third straight quarter of higher sales at existing stores after a three-year slump.

29. Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's annual "Prime Day" promotion that starts Monday will focus on new products, bringing Whole Foods into the process and persuading subscribers that Prime membership is worth the coming price hike.

30. Tech companies lead US stocks higher after rocky start -

U.S. stocks closed higher Monday after a last-minute market rally erased the losses from a daylong slump.

Technology companies led the market rebound. Banks and health care stocks also notched gains. Energy took the biggest losses as crude oil prices declined. Big department store chains and consumer goods companies also declined.

31. Starbucks to close 8,000-plus stores for anti-bias training -

Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 U.S. stores for a few hours Tuesday to conduct anti-bias training in the company's latest effort to deal with the fallout over the arrest of two black men at one of its shops in Philadelphia.

32. US stock indexes cap choppy trading week with a mixed finish -

Despite a choppy week of trading and a mixed finish for U.S. stocks, the market extended its recent streak of relative calm Friday.

The S&P 500, the market's benchmark index, notched its 10th day in a row without a gain or drop of 1 percent or more. That's the longest stretch going back to January 26, when the market broke four and a half months of calm with a 1.2 percent gain, which also marked a record high.

33. Walmart beats all around, with online sales rebounding -

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is reporting better-than-expected profit and revenue for the first quarter with rebounding online sales.

Revenue at Walmart stores opened at least a year rose a solid 2.1 percent, the company said Thursday.

34. Technology, retailers help drive rebound in US stocks -

U.S. stocks notched solid gains Wednesday, recouping some of the market's losses from a day earlier.

Technology and health care companies drove much of the rebound, outweighing losses in safe-play stocks like utilities and real estate investment trusts. Small-company stocks fared better than the rest of the market.

35. Stocks edge higher as materials firms and retailers rise -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks meandered but finished mostly higher Tuesday as retailers and industrial companies rose. A jump in metals prices helped mining and materials companies. Asian markets jumped after the North Korean government said it was open to talks with the U.S. about ending its nuclear program.

36. Macy's tops expectations, optimistic outlook sends shares up -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's broke out of its three-year sales funk, reporting a healthy sales gain at existing stores for the holiday period as it benefited from an improving economy and its own initiatives like an overhauled customer loyalty program.

37. Stocks keep pushing higher in 2018, led by retailers -

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 the gains without a hiccup, unlike earlier in the week when rate worries helped send the Standard & Poor's 500 lower for its lone blemish this year.

38. Department stores: Macy's sales fall, Kohl's profit drops -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's sales fell as it had a hard time pulling shoppers through its doors and Kohl's reported a drop in quarterly profit Thursday, underscoring just how challenging the holiday shopping season will be for department store chains.

39. Nordstrom puts the hunt for a buyer on hold. -

NEW YORK (AP) — Nordstrom is halting, at least temporarily, the hunt for a buyer, sending shares down sharply at the opening bell Monday.

The Nordstrom family told a special committee at the upscale retailer that they may start up the search again after the end of the crucial holiday season.

40. US stock indexes post slight gains, extending winning streak -

U.S. stocks posted modest gains Monday, extending a record-setting run into a sixth straight week.

Financial and technology companies notched some of the biggest gains. Energy stocks also rose as crude oil prices closed higher. Health care companies declined the most. Bond prices fell.

41. US stocks climb, led by health care companies and banks -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks set more records Monday as health care companies and banks continued to surge as investors grew more optimistic about the recovery in manufacturers.

Stocks got a boost after the Institute for Supply Management said U.S. factory activity hit a 13-year high in August as hurricanes disrupted supplies but drove up demand for manufactured goods. Investors snapped up shares of companies that are linked to more rapid economic growth, like banks and health care and industrial companies as well as smaller, U.S.-focused companies. High-dividend stocks, which are traditionally considered safer and more cautious investments, lagged the rest of the market. Energy companies missed out on the gains as investors worried that oil supplies are rising.

42. Retailers and energy companies lead US stocks a bit higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes finished with tiny gains Wednesday as retailers jumped after a strong hiring forecast from Target and energy companies rose along with oil prices.

Companies that sell everything from clothing to electronics rose after Target said it will hire 100,000 workers for the holiday season, about 30,000 more than it did a year ago. Energy companies rose after the U.S. government said oil and gasoline stockpiles shrank last week. Those gains were almost canceled out as technology and health care companies, which have led the market higher this year, slipped.

43. Nordstrom is opening concept store that has no inventory -

SEATTLE (AP) — Nordstrom is opening up a store that doesn't have any inventory.

The luxury department store chain says its Nordstrom Local concept store will open in Los Angeles next month.

The Seattle-based company says the store will be staffed with personal stylists who can order merchandise for customers. Nordstrom says customers can also buy online inside the store or pick up online orders the same day. The store will offer tailoring and manicure services.

44. JC Penney results extend a gloomy week for retailers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales at established J.C. Penney stores faded again during its most recent quarter, capping a gloomy week for U.S. retailers.

Penney's stock sunk below $4 Friday morning, an all-time low for the 115-year-old retailer.

45. Apple takes Dow over 22,000 points; other stocks fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — Being the world's most valuable public company has its privileges, like getting almost all the credit for the latest stock market milestone. Apple made its biggest jump in six months Wednesday, helping send the Dow Jones industrial average above 22,000 points for the first time.

46. Nordstrom family considering buyout of department store -

NEW YORK (AP) — Members of the Nordstrom family including co-presidents Blake, Peter and Erik Nordstrom are considering making an offer to buy out the 70 percent of the department store's stock they don't already own.

47. Nordstrom family considering buyout of department store -

NEW YORK (AP) — Members of the Nordstrom family including co-presidents Blake, Peter and Erik Nordstrom are considering making an offer to buy out the 70 percent of the department store's stock they don't already own.

48. US stock indexes mixed in early trading; oil slides -

U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in early trading Thursday. Utilities were down the most, while banks led the gainers. Investors had their eye on Washington, where former FBI Director James Comey was testifying as part of a congressional investigation into Russia's possible election meddling.

49. Macy's warns about profit margins, sending shares lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's has warned investors that its profit margins would keep shrinking this year, sending shares in the chain tumbling more than 8 percent and affecting other department store stocks.

50. S&P 500 index slips, posts its first down week in a month -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of department stores sank again Friday, hurt by more evidence that shoppers are turning away from them. A drop in Treasury yields also put pressure on bank stocks, and the weakness helped pull the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its first weekly loss in the last four.

51. US stocks slide in morning trading; oil heads higher -

U.S. stocks were broadly lower in morning trading Thursday as investors sized up the latest batch of earnings reports from retailers and other companies. Real estate stocks fell the most. Oil prices headed higher.

52. Trump event gets mixed reviews from legislators -

NASHVILLE – While state lawmakers recognized the historical significance of President Donald Trump visiting the home of President Andrew Jackson in Hermitage Wednesday, the review is mixed on comparisons between the two as well as the Jackson legacy.

53. J.C. Penney to close 13 to 14 percent of stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney said Friday that it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.

54. US stocks eke out last-minute gain as utilities rise -

NEW YORK (AP) — A late push helped U.S. stocks finish higher Friday after indexes spent most of the day lower. There was far more selling than buying on Wall Street overall, but the Dow Jones industrial average managed to extend its winning streak to an 11th day.

55. Trump criticism of Nordstrom raises conflict concern -

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump criticized Nordstrom, the latest company to be the focus of his Twitter attention, saying Wednesday that the department store chain that decided to stop selling his daughter's clothing and accessory line has treated her "so unfairly."

56. Pro- or anti-Trump? Businesses pushed to pick a side -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Uber's CEO quit President Donald Trump's business council. Nordstrom stopped selling Ivanka Trump's fashion. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Toyota, meanwhile, suffered through the discomfort of being on the receiving end of Trump Twitter tirades.

57. US stock indexes end mostly higher on solid bank earnings -

Banks led U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Friday, propelling the Nasdaq composite index to its fourth record high this week.

Investors welcomed quarterly earnings from JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, all of which reported results that exceeded Wall Street's expectations. Financial stocks also benefited from an upward move in bond yields, which drives higher interest rates on loans.

58. US indexes drift in early trade; department stores nosedive -

NEW YORK (AP) — Department stores dominated the news Thursday morning as Macy's and Kohl's both plunged following weak holiday-season reports that led the chains to cut their profit forecasts. Macy's also said it will eliminate 10,000 jobs as it continues to close stores. Sears jumped after it said it will close 150 stores and sell its Craftsman tool brand. Overall, stocks were only slightly lower as gains for energy and technology companies limited the losses.

59. Thanksgiving Day shopping is here to stay — with some tweaks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving Day shopping — a delight to some, an anathema to others — isn't going away, but some stores are rethinking their strategies on whether it makes sense to be open on the holiday itself.

60. US stocks take biggest losses in nearly a month -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in almost a month on Tuesday as investors worried about the health of the U.S. economy and sold shares in retailers and car companies. Machinery companies also fell and the price of oil continued to decline.

61. Best Buy adds to chorus or woes in retail -

NEW YORK (AP) — A strong start to the year from Best Buy was overshadowed by a lengthening string of declining quarterly sales and a pessimistic outlook that added to a chorus of woes from the retail sector.

62. In a dark quarter for retailers, Wal-Mart shines -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Surprisingly strong sales at Wal-Mart and an optimistic outlook from the world's largest retailer lifted a pall that settled over much of the sector in the past two weeks.

63. As online shopping intensifies, outlook dims for mall stores -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Online shopping is reaching such a critical mass with American households that many of the icons of the traditional mall —from Macy's to The Gap and J.C. Penney — face an increasingly uncertain future.

64. US retail sales show solid gain despite woes at store chains -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their online shopping and bought more autos in April, suggesting that consumers may be faring better than indicated by a slump among major retailers.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales climbed a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent last month, after a drop in March caused largely by declining car sales.

65. 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.

66. US stocks bounce back from recent losses on deal reports -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher Thursday morning as companies including agribusiness giant Monsanto are climbing on reports of possible buyouts. Retailers got more bad news as department store Kohl's reported disappointing first-quarter results.

67. With a clunk, Macy's opens the retail earnings season -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is acknowledging that there will be no consumer splurge anytime soon.

A gloomy holiday shopping season across much of the retail spectrum has seeped into a spring funk. And after some startling numbers and projections from the Gap earlier this week and then Macy's Wednesday, investors had seen all they needed to see.

68. Retailers lead a broad decline in stocks as Macy's plunges -

NEW YORK (AP) — A rout in retail stocks pulled U.S. indexes down on Wednesday. Macy's, the largest U.S. department store chain, slashed its annual profit forecast after it reported a steep drop in earnings. Office Depot and Staples took big losses after a judge blocked their plans to merge.

69. Stocks edge lower again, weighed down by the energy sector -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Friday as the price of oil retreated and pulled energy company shares down, but the market remains on track for its best week of the year. Retail stocks are sliding further after a disappointing report from department store operator Nordstrom.

70. 3 shopping trends for the holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday season is upon us. Here's what shoppers can expect if they're heading out to stores at any point during the holiday shopping season:

NO FIGHTING OVER MUST-HAVE GIFTS

71. Stocks march higher, ending their best week so far this year -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week of the year Friday as big gains by retailers and technology companies pushed major indexes higher.

Stocks faded as Friday wore on, but they still finished higher. The S&P 500 index climbed almost 3.3 percent this week. By just a hair, that was the biggest weekly gain for the index in 2015.

72. US retail sales crawl upward in Oct., led by online shopping -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans ramped up their online shopping and restaurant spending in October, but barely-there inflation kept overall retail sales growth muted.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month, after being unchanged in September and August. Over the past 12 months, sales have risen 1.7 percent. Lower gasoline costs and meager inflation have downplayed the extent of consumer spending, as the retail sales report is not adjusted for price changes.

73. Retail gets slammed in worst week for stocks since August -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market had its worst week since August as investors dumped retail stocks over worries that the holiday season will be a dud.

The dismal week that ended Friday broke a six-week stretch of gains for the market. Oil prices also continued to slump.

74. Weakness in retailers and energy companies pull stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes ended lower Wednesday after a day of wavering between small gains and losses. A weak report from Macy's pushed retail stocks lower, and energy stocks retreated as the price of oil fell.

75. Malls use technology to keep modern shoppers -

Santa is arriving at The Mall at Green Hills this weekend, marking the start of the luxury mall’s holiday shopping season.

All over the Middle Tennessee, from Opry Mills to Providence Marketplace, from CoolSprings Galleria to Indian Lake, shopping malls are gearing up for the most important time of the year for the bottom line.

76. Wal-Mart, others speed deliveries to shoppers -

BETHELEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Christmas won't come early this year, but the gifts might.

Just in time for the winter holiday shopping season, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Macy's and other retailers are working behind the scenes to make sure they can deliver online orders to shoppers faster.

77. Stock market shakes of an early stumble, ends higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — News of slower hiring last month jolted markets early Friday, driving government bonds up and the dollar down. The stock market, after slumping in early trading, finished the day with a solid gain.

78. Yuan and oil stabilize, giving US stocks a lift -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher as China's currency stabilized and crude oil prices steadied.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 69 points, or 0.4 percent, to end at 17,477 on Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index climbed eight points to 2,091.

79. Nashville emerging ‘as a regional tech leader’ -

Two very different startups speak volumes about how much the Nashville venture capital scene has changed over the years and how things are still evolving.

When Franklin-based Cybera began with three employees in 2001, it set up voice and data networks for small to medium-sized companies, using leased space on traditional telecom companies’ high-speed digital subscriber lines.

80. Litany of problems pushes Target into giving up on Canada -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,000 employees.

Target said it didn't see how it could stop losing money before at least 2021 on its first international expansion. The closing links Target with a series of other retailers who have learned the hard way that the northern border is tough to cross.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. Green Hills in full boom despite traffic woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

84. US market indexes drift; Energy sector recovers -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are ending mostly mixed, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index eked out a record close.

Energy stocks rose broadly Friday after the price of crude oil turned higher after weeks of declines.

85. US stocks climb to new highs; home builders gain -

NEW YORK (AP) — For stocks on Monday, the path of least resistance was up.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average both edged up to all-time highs on a day that was light on economic news and company releases.

86. Middle Tennessee shoppers ready to spend big this holiday season -

Buoyed by rising home prices and stock portfolios, Middle Tennesseans are ready to spend big again on the holidays and will be shopping earlier than ever.

In fact, they already have.

Forget Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day as the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

87. 'Infill King’ John Brittle has a plan to curb urban sprawl. You might not like it -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

88. Macy's 2Q profit falls short; sales outlook cut -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's Inc. on Wednesday reported a 4 percent profit increase in its fiscal second quarter as business rebounded from slow sales earlier in the year.

But the department store chain cut its full-year outlook for a key sales measure, saying it couldn't make up the sales shortfall from the first quarter, when winter storms kept shoppers at home.

89. New friends bond in 12South boutique -

Walk into the 12South boutique Cadeau Nashville and you are immediately enveloped by a rustic, eclectic and cool style that speaks very much to the local aesthetic.

90. Stock market manages slight gain after choppy day -

NEW YORK (AP) — Good results from retailers and demand for telecommunications shares market helped push the stock market to a small gain on Friday.

Telecoms rose the most among the 10 industries in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. Their jump followed news that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway made a new investment in Verizon Communications. Other big-name investors, including John Paulson, also reportedly took stakes. Verizon climbed $1.11, or 2 percent, to $49.07.

91. Retailers get creative with Pinterest -

NEW YORK (AP) — Target, Nordstrom and other big chains are pinning their hopes of attracting shoppers on social media.

Retailers increasingly are using Pinterest, a social media site that allows users to create collections of photos, articles, recipes, videos and other images that are called "pins," to draw business to their own sites.

92. Experts reveal what the best-dressed country music acts are (should be) wearing -

About 15 years ago, the guys in country group Lonestar walked a red carpet in shiny suits, proudly declaring to reporters that they’d just bought those suits at a chain store called Italian Connection, in the Hickory Hollow Mall.

93. From Russia with style: Olia Zavozina's unlikely rise to wedding gown stardom -

Nashville bridal designer Olia Zavozina, 29, never imagined when she was designing dresses for her Barbie dolls as a child in Russia that one day her creations would grace the likes of living dolls.

94. Stores can see where you go by tracking your phone -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?

Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced. It's spying, they say, and shoppers should be informed their phones are being observed and then be able to choose whether to allow it.

95. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Oct. 2013 -

Top October 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

96. Macy's pushes S&P 500 toward record -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market got a boost from Macy's on Wednesday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index back into record territory.

Macy's fueled a surge in retailing stocks after reporting a quarterly profit that handily beat Wall Street expectations. Bed, Bath & Beyond, J.C. Penney and Nordstrom also advanced on optimism for a strong holiday shopping season.

97. Indexes climb back to records after retail boost -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's gave the stock market some early holiday cheer.

Stock indexes climbed back into record territory Wednesday after the department store chain gave an optimistic forecast for holiday sales. Macy's surged 9 percent, leading strong gains among retailers including J.C. Penney, Nordstrom and Target.

98. Dow Jones average reaches another record high -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average rose to another all-time high on Wall Street Monday.

The market edged higher from Friday, when it got a lift from an unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs report for October. The surge in hiring made investors more optimistic that the U.S. economy is getting stronger.

99. Dow Jones average has its best week since January -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose broadly Friday, giving the Dow Jones industrial average its best week since January.

The market got a lift from two economic reports, one showing that inflation remained tame in August and the other showing that Americans spent more at stores last month.

100. Stocks drop for fourth day in a row -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks dropped for a fourth day in a row Monday as investors continued to express worry about the recent rise in bond yields. Banking stocks also dragged down the broader market.