Discretionary spending

In this March 15, 2019, photo Dr. Lindsey Bullen pets Benko, a golden retriever with weight issues, during a visit at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary, N.C. Bullen says she gets several questions a day from clients interested in fresh and homemade pet food. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
April 03, 2019 - 12:30 am
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Online companies are delivering pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat. This spring, Petco will open a kitchen in New York where it expects to make 2,000 pounds of fresh pet food...
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FILE - This May 3, 2017, file photo shows a Target store in Omaha, Neb. Strong online sales and more shoppers helped push Target’s fourth-quarter results past Wall Street’s expectations. The chain’s remodeling and expanded delivery services enticed shoppers to buy during the critical holiday season. The retailer reported a 31 percent jump in comparable digital sales, with same-store sales up 5.3 percent. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
March 05, 2019 - 10:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Target's expanded online delivery options, new brands and updated stores helped drive shoppers to spend more during the critical holiday shopping season. Target, which is trying to narrow the gap between itself and online leader Amazon, enjoyed a 31 percent spike in online sales...
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The Arpit Palace Hotel is reflected in a puddle after an early morning fire at the hotel killed more than a dozen people in the Karol Bagh neighborhood of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb.12, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
February 12, 2019 - 3:57 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire engulfed a shoddily built budget hotel in central New Delhi early Tuesday, killing 17 people and injuring at least four others, including a woman from Myanmar who leaped from an upper floor to escape the flames, Indian authorities said. Hotel guest Sivanand Chand, 43, said...
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FILE - This Oct. 22, 2018, file photo shows the iPhone XS, from left, iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS Max in New York. Apple hoped to offset slowing demand for iPhones by raising the prices of its most important product, but that strategy seems to have backfired after sales sagged during the holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 29, 2019 - 9:26 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple hoped to offset slowing demand for iPhones by raising the prices of its most important product, but that strategy seems to have backfired after sales sagged during the holiday shopping season. Results released Tuesday revealed the magnitude of the iPhone slump — a 15...
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FILE - This June 29, 2016 file photo shows a Target store in Hialeah, Fla. Target shoppers took full advantage of the retailer’s pickup and drive up services over the holiday season, climbing 60 percent from a year earlier and making up a quarter of the chain’s online sales for the November-December period. Target Corp. also announced Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019 that sales at stores open at least a year increased 5.7 percent in the period, up from 3.4 percent a year earlier. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
January 10, 2019 - 2:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales over the holidays in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas. So when Macy's and Kohl's reported lackluster numbers on Thursday, they were taken...
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People enter New York City Health Hospitals Gouverneur Health building, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will spend up to $100 million per year to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance including immigrants in the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
January 08, 2019 - 3:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will spend up to $100 million per year to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance, including immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The plan involves expanding the city's existing public insurance...
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People wait in line to buy televisions as they shop during an early Black Friday sale at a Best Buy store on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
November 23, 2018 - 6:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It would have been easy to turn on their computers at home over plates of leftover turkey and take advantage of the Black Friday deals most retailers now offer online. But across the country, thousands of shoppers flocked to stores on Thanksgiving or woke up before dawn the next day...
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FILE- In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, photo, cozy sleep items are on display near a holiday section at a Target store in Edison, N.J. Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
November 23, 2018 - 3:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples. Those are just some of the trends expected this holiday season, when shoppers are projected to spend as much as $720 billion, according to the National...
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In this Nov. 9, 2018, photo, Walmart associate Shanay Bishop, left, checks out customer Carolyn Sarpy on the sales floor as part of the "Check Out With Me" program at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart, Target and other large retailers are sending workers throughout their stores to check customers out with mobile devices. And at Macy’s, shoppers can scan and pay for items on their own smartphones. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
November 22, 2018 - 7:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they'll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines. Walmart, Target and other...
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In a photo taken Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Target employee Lindsay Walker scans an item as she collects merchandise from shelves to prep them for an online order at a Target store in Edison, N.J. Target Corp. reports earnings Tuesday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 20, 2018 - 6:52 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target's ramped up investments online and in stores are bringing in shoppers, but they're also bruising the bottom line. Company shares fell sharply before the opening bell Tuesday after Target missed profit expectations for the third quarter, the last look at the retailer's...
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