Online shopping

May 22, 2020 - 10:58 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's competition watchdog has launched an investigation into misleading reviews on several big websites amid the surge in online shopping during pandemic lockdown restrictions. The Competition and Markets Authority said Friday that it will look into how the websites detect,...
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A woman walks with a child at SouthPark Mall, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Strongsville, Ohio. Ohio retail businesses reopened Tuesday following a nearly two-month-long shutdown ordered by Gov. Mike DeWine to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
May 15, 2020 - 6:57 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened the viability of stores across the country and further weighed down a sinking economy. The Commerce Department’s report Friday on retail...
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In this Jan. 23, 2020, photo, a Nintendo sign is seen at the company's official store in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. has scored a 33% jump in annual profit as people stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic turn to playing games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 07, 2020 - 4:40 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. scored a 33% jump in annual profit, as people stuck at home turn to playing games. Kyoto-based Nintendo, which did not break down quarterly numbers, said Thursday its sales for the fiscal year through March rose 9% from the year before to 1.3...
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In this Thursday, March 19, 2020, photo, a pedestrian walks past a storefront for rent on Madison Avenue, in New York. Long before there was a global pandemic, brick-and-mortar retailers struggled to resonate as shoppers increasingly made their purchases online. Now, they're faced with an even more daunting task of staying on people's minds and pocketbooks in the midst of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 15, 2020 - 9:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales plummeted 8.7% in March, an unprecedented decline, as the viral outbreak forced an almost complete lockdown of commerce nationwide. The deterioration of sales far outpaced the previous record decline of 3.9% that took place during the depths of the Great...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2020, file photo, pedestrians pass closed stores on Roosevelt Avenue in the Queens borough of New York. The coronavirus crisis is upending service businesses, and the crisis may permanently change the way Americans work, shop and socialize, even after the disease fades away. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
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April 06, 2020 - 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, personal trainer Amanda Tikalsky didn’t have to worry much about her job. The U.S. economy’s record-breaking 11-year expansion offered security to service workers like her. Then came the coronavirus, which closed the Milwaukee athletic club where she worked for 15 years...
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CORRECTS DATELINE TO ERIE, PA., NOT ERNIE, PA. - In this March 25, 2020, photo provided by Yvonne Knight, Knight uses the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to pay for groceries in Erie, Pa. But Knight can't use her SNAP benefits, which millions of Americans rely on, to shop for groceries online, as only a few states allow it and Pennsylvania is not one of them. (Yvonne Knight via AP)
April 06, 2020 - 12:33 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Yvonne Knight, who has respiratory problems that make her especially vulnerable in the coronavirus pandemic, can't buy groceries online with her food stamps — even though each trip to the store is now a risky endeavor. Going out to buy food terrifies the 38-year-old woman with...
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FILE- In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo customers shop at a Kohl's store in Colma, Calif. Retail sales fell 0.5% in February 2020 indicating the consumer sector was slowing even before the coronavirus struck with force in the United States. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday, March 17, 2020 that the February drop in sales followed a solid 0.6% gain in January. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
March 17, 2020 - 3:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales fell 0.5% in February, the largest drop in more than a year, indicating that the consumer sector was slowing even before the coronavirus struck with force in the United States. Economists said they were looking for even weaker numbers in coming months. The Commerce...
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, Tahsha Sydnor stows packages into special containers after Amazon robots deliver separated packages by zip code at an Amazon warehouse facility in Goodyear, Ariz. On Monday, March 16, 2020, Amazon said that it needs to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders as the coronavirus spreads and keeps more people at home, shopping online. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
March 16, 2020 - 6:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said Monday that it needs to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders as the coronavirus spreads and keeps more people at home, shopping online. The online retailer said it will also temporarily raise pay by $2 an hour through the end of April for...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, man carries shopping bags across the street from a Macy's store in San Francisco. Macy's says it is closing 125 of its least productive stores and cutting 2,000 corporate jobs as the struggling department store tries to reinvent itself in the age of online shopping. The moves announced Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, come ahead of Macy's annual investor meeting where CEO Jeff Gennette is expected to unveil a three-year reinvention plan. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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February 04, 2020 - 7:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's said Tuesday it is closing 125 of its least productive stores and cutting 2,000 corporate jobs as the struggling department store tries to reinvent itself in the age of online shopping. The store closures represent about one fifth of Macy's current total. They include about...
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FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, an Ebay app is shown on a mobile phone in Miami. The owner of the New York Stock Exchange has made an offer to buy online marketplace eBay Inc. That's according to a report by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
February 04, 2020 - 6:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of the New York Stock Exchange has made an offer to buy online marketplace eBay Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The Journal said Intercontinental Exchange Inc. is valuing eBay at more than $30 billion, compared to eBay's value of around $28 billion before...
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