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FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, May 22, 2014, Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, CEO of JD.com, raises his arms to celebrate the IPO for his company at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. JD.com, China's No. 2 e-commerce service, is headquartered in Beijing. The Chinese e-commerce billionaire who faces a possible rape accusation in Minneapolis built his business by promising honesty in a market plagued by fraud and fakes. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
September 05, 2018 - 2:52 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese e-commerce billionaire who faces a possible rape accusation in Minneapolis built his business by promising honesty in a market plagued by fraud and fakes. Richard Liu, founder of JD.com, the largest online direct retailer in the most populous e-commerce market, was...
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FILE - This Jan. 7, 2018 file photo shows the Oxford Street, London branch of House of Fraser. The move toward online shopping and a Brexit-related rise in prices are causing more pain for British retailers, with department store House of Fraser filing plans in court Wednesday June 6, 2018, saying it plans to close over half its stores, including its flagship premises on London’s Oxford Street. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
June 07, 2018 - 7:12 am
LONDON (AP) — The move toward online shopping and a Brexit-related rise in prices are causing more pain for British retailers, with department store House of Fraser saying it plans to close over half its stores, including its flagship premises on London's Oxford Street. The company filed plans in...
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FILE- In this May 9, 2017, file photo, a package from Amazon Prime moves on a conveyor belt at a UPS facility in New York. Amazon.com Inc. reports earns on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
April 26, 2018 - 6:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping and the cloud-computing service it provides to businesses and government agencies. Its results blew past Wall Street expectations, and the online retailer's shares soared 7...
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A man walks in front of the Toys R Us store at a shopping mall in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, Thursday, March 15, 2018. The 70-year-old retailer is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot. The closing of the company's 740 U.S. stores will finalize the downfall of the chain and force toy makers and landlords to scramble for alternatives. (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf)
March 15, 2018 - 10:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords. The 70-year-old retailer is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations...
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File- This Jan. 24, 2018, file photo shows a person walking near the entrance to a Toys R Us store, in Wayne, N.J. Toys R Us's management has told its employees that it will sell or close all of its U.S. stores. That's according to a toy industry analyst who spoke to several employees who were on the call Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Jim Silver, a toy industry expert, says Toys R Us's CEO told employees the plan is to liquidate all of its U.S. stores and after that, it could do a deal with its Canadian operation to run some of its U.S. stores. The company declined to comment. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
March 14, 2018 - 11:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot. The closing of the company's 740 U.S...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, a branch of Toys R Us at St Andrews retail park in Birmingham, England, displays a closing down sale banner. The British arm of Toys R Us has gone into insolvency administration, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018, putting 3,200 jobs at risk. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP, File)
February 28, 2018 - 6:02 am
LONDON (AP) — The British arm of Toys R Us went into insolvency administration Wednesday, putting 3,200 jobs at risk, as big retailers continue to feel pressure from a global shift to online sales. Accountancy firm Moorfields said it had been appointed to oversee "an orderly wind-down" of the debt-...
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In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, photo, Laila Ummelaila, a personal shopper at the Walmart store in Old Bridge, N.J., pushes a cart with bins as she shops for online shoppers. On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, Walmart announced it is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
January 11, 2018 - 4:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam's Club warehouse stores — a move that a union-backed group estimated could cost thousands of jobs — on the same day the company announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses...
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FILE - This Wednesday, June 3, 2015, file photo shows an Ikea store in Miami. On Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, Ikea said that it is buying online on-demand services platform TaskRabbit, which lets users hire people to help them move, clean up the house or assemble furniture. Ikea says it offered TaskRabbit services in its stores in London in 2016 and plans to roll out the service in U.S. stores and more U.K. locations. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
September 28, 2017 - 12:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ikea is making moves so you don't have to assemble a sofa or bookcase yourself. The furniture seller said Thursday that it is buying online on-demand services platform TaskRabbit, which lets users hire people to help them move, clean up the house or assemble furniture. Much of Ikea'...
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FILE - In this Friday, March 17, 2017, file photo, shoppers exit a J.C. Penney store in the Georgia Square Mall in Athens, Ga. J.C. Penney Company Inc. reports earnings, Friday, May 12, 2017. (John Roark/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)
May 12, 2017 - 8:51 am
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Losses at J.C Penney doubled in the first quarter and sales at established stores fell again, capping a terrible week for retailers. Though the loss at first did not appear as bad as many industry analysts had expected, many soured on even that after a closer look. "Don't be...
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U.S. Postal Service releases annual dog attack city rankings
April 06, 2017 - 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Booming online retail sales are good news for the U.S. Postal Service, but its carriers are incurring a cost: more dog bites. Dog attacks on postal workers rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the previous year and the highest in three decades, as internet shopping booms and...
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