Consumer products and services

FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store in Newport, Ky. Comparable stores sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting a meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. Target said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, that it had weaker-than-expected sales of electronics, toys and some home good. Those sales climbed 1.4% in the November-December period, compared with a 5.7% increase a year earlier. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Associated Press
January 15, 2020 - 8:51 am
Target's comparable store sales fell well below the previous year and it joined a growing list of retailers reporting meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. The company cut its expectations for same-store sales growth for the entire quarter Wednesday. Shares fell almost 7...
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In this Dec. 17, 2019, photo an Amazon robot sends a package down a chute, transporting packages from workers to chutes that are organized by zip code, at an Amazon warehouse facility in Goodyear, Ariz. The tech giant is still rolling out new models descended from the Kiva line, including the Pegasus, a squarish vehicle with a conveyor belt on top that can be found working the early-morning shift at a warehouse in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Associated Press
December 30, 2019 - 11:22 am
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Guess who's getting used to working with robots in their everyday lives? The very same warehouse workers once predicted to be losing their jobs to mechanical replacements. But doing your job side-by-side with robots isn't easy. According to their makers, the machines...
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Car Show
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Associated Press
December 30, 2019 - 6:14 am
If you need a car, the most frugal option is to buy one that’s 2 to 3 years old, pay cash and drive it until the wheels fall off. The least frugal option traditionally has been leasing, where you make monthly payments to drive a car but don’t own it. You’re paying for the vehicle during its most...
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FILE - This Oct. 17, 2019, file photo shows the exterior of a McDonald's restaurant in Mebane, N.C. The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald's favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who faced retaliation for trying to unionize. The board says it favors a settlement that will require McDonald's franchisees to pay back wages to the affected workers. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
Associated Press
December 12, 2019 - 4:54 pm
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald's favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who were fired or faced retaliation for trying to unionize. The board said Thursday that it favors a settlement that will require McDonald's franchisees to pay $171,636 to the affected...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2017 file photo, a gift box from Tiffany & Co. is arranged for a photo in Surfside, Fla. French luxury giant LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton said Monday Nov. 25, 2019, it has reached a deal to buy U.S.-based jewelry legend Tiffany & Co for $16.2 billion. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
Associated Press
November 25, 2019 - 12:27 pm
PARIS (AP) — French luxury group LVMH has agreed to buy New York jeweler Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion, adding a famed star to its portfolio that already boasts Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Bulgari. LVMH said in a statement Monday it will take over the 182-year old Tiffany and its 300...
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Home Repair, Window Repair
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Associated Press
November 19, 2019 - 5:26 am
Home Depot had a rocky third quarter, with revenue and a key sales figure missing analysts’ expectations. The home improvement company also cut its forecasts for full-year revenue and comparable sales. Shares dropped 5.8% before the market open on Tuesday. For the three months ended Nov. 3, Home...
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Ford
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Associated Press
October 30, 2019 - 8:50 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative contract agreement with Ford after three days of intense bargaining. The union said the deal was reached Wednesday night but didn't give details. The deal still has to be approved by committees of national union leaders and local...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, United Auto Worker Lindsey Higgins, exits the the UAW Local 2250 Ken Worley Hall with her two children after voting on the offer made to union workers by General Motors in Wentzville, Mo. General Motors workers voted 57.2% in favor of a new contract with the company, bringing an immediate end to a contentious a 40-day strike that paralyzed GM's U.S. factories, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
Associated Press
October 25, 2019 - 4:26 pm
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — General Motors workers voted 57.2% in favor of a new contract with the company, bringing an immediate end to a contentious a 40-day strike that paralyzed GM's U.S. factories. Workers voted 23,389 in favor of the deal, with 17,501 against it, according to a statement Friday...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 file photo, Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York. On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, the company announced it will voluntarily stop selling its fruit and dessert-flavored vaping pods. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Associated Press
October 17, 2019 - 1:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors Thursday, acknowledging the public's "lack of trust" in the vaping industry. The voluntary step is the company's latest attempt to weather a growing political backlash blaming its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a...
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Ryan Piper with the United Auto Workers continues to picket after news of a tentative contract agreement with General Motors, in Langhorne, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company's U.S. factories to a standstill. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Associated Press
October 16, 2019 - 10:17 pm
DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days and demonstrated the muscle the United...
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