NEW YORK (AP) — As a celebrity stylist, Ali Mandelkorn is usually surrounded by designer duds, so getting back to some of her favorite fashion vibes, vintage and thrift, was a treat.
Stars go shopping at Fashion Week
Family of Alabama man slain by police sues for evidence
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of an Alabama man fatally shot by police in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving have filed suit to make the state release more evidence about the case.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending tumbled 0.5 percent in December, the biggest decline in nine years, as the holiday shopping season ended in disappointment. Meanwhile, incomes rose sharply...
Online bidding for Bangor Mall drawing to a conclusion
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The fate of the Bangor Mall will be known soon.
Ten-X Commercial expects to conclude an online auction for the shopping mall on Tuesday. The starting bid was listed as...
Pass it On: Saks President Marc Metrick on competition
NEW YORK (AP) — Saks Fifth Avenue President Marc Metrick has been reinventing the luxury chain's business since he took on the top role in April 2015.
Saks Fifth Avenue president talks about luxury
NEW YORK (AP) — Saks Fifth Avenue President Marc Metrick wants to bring theater to luxury shopping at a time when shoppers can buy their designer handbags online.
Correction: Grab And Go Shopping story
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Feb. 8 about retailers adopting technology to allow shoppers to buy goods without waiting in line, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a provider of checkout-free shopping technology. The company is Grabango, not Grabandgo.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Retailers are shopping for ways to get rid of checkout lines
Grab a soda and go: Convenience stores embracing cashier-less shopping
Mixed finish for US stock indexes over weak retail sales
U.S. stock indexes clawed most of the way back from an early slide Thursday to finish mostly lower, ending a four-day winning streak for the benchmark S&P 500 index.
Losses in banks and retailers and consumer products makers offset gains in health care stocks, technology companies and elsewhere in the market as investors weighed new data showing retail sales slumped in December amid a disappointing holiday shopping season.
Michael Jackson wax statue removed by Danish mall
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's oldest shopping mall has removed a wax statue of Michael Jackson out of fears it could offend customers and may be vandalized because of accusations that the...
The Latest: 2 arrested at protest over black man’s shooting
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a black man in an Alabama shopping mall (all times local):
Two demonstrators have been arrested outside the Alabama attorney general's office during a protest over the 2018 shooting death of a black man at a shopping mall.
Law enforcement officers on Wednesday afternoon led two women away in handcuffs after a demonstration over the state's decision to clear a police officer in the shooting death of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr.
Amazon has another ‘Prime’ holiday: Profit tops $3 billion
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon had another strong holiday season: Its quarterly profit topped $3 billion for the first time as revenue grew across many of its businesses, including online shopping, advertising and cloud computing.
The company, however, issued an estimate for the current quarter's revenue that was below what Wall Street analysts expected, sending its stock down about 5 percent in after-hours trading Thursday.
H&M profit drops as retailer adapts to more online shopping
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish low-cost fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit dropped about 10 percent to 3.5 billion kronor ($390 million) as consumers continued to shift to online shopping.
The Stockholm-based group retailer said quarterly sales increased by 12 percent to 56.4 million kronor ($6.22 million), while full-year sales rose 5 percent to 210.4 billion kronor ($23.2 billion).
Apple opens new chapter amid weakening iPhone demand
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 percent drop in revenue from the previous year. That decline in Apple's most profitable product caused Apple's total earnings for the October-December quarter to dip slightly to $20 billion.
Service held for Houston native killed in Nairobi attack
HOUSTON (AP) — Family and friends gathered at a Houston cemetery to remember Jason Spindler, one of the 21 people killed in an extremist attack last week in Nairobi at a luxury hotel and shopping complex.
The Houston Chronicle reports the 40-year-old was remembered as a compassionate person who was close to his family at the burial service Thursday at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery.
Off the Charts: Holiday heartbreak for retailers
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday season was a brutal one for U.S. retailers, especially department stores and companies that sell luxury products, and companies and investors alike didn't see it coming.
The U.S. economy has been growing at a steady pace, and unemployment is low and consumer confidence is high. That seemed to set the stage for strong sales over the holidays, but companies including Macy's, Nordstrom and Signet all said they struggled badly over the critical December shopping period.
Tiffany holiday sales slip as Chinese tourists spend less
NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling.
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- The News-TimesFluctuating sales tax revenue a target for change in state budget talksMarch 8, 2019
Correction: Mall Shooting-Alabama story
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about a fatal police shooting on Thanksgiving night, The Associated Press reported erroneously that testimony showed a man killed by police in an Alabama shopping mall was standing over a shooting victim. The statement was made by a defense attorney, not a witness.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Lawyer: Man shot by Alabama police held gun over victim
What to buy every month in 2019
A new year brings an expectation to set the perfect resolution.
Here's an idea: Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them.
Police: More than 60 victims in changing-room camera case
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Police believe more than 60 women and girls were secretly recorded undressing in changing rooms at northern Virginia shopping malls in the weeks before Christmas.
Fairfax County Police arrested 39-year-old Mumtaz Rauf of Alexandria on Christmas Eve and charged him with unlawful filming of a minor after a girl noticed a small camera in a changing room at a Forever 21 store in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax.
‘A little book-nuts’: Bank Books keeps reading personal
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Larry Cavagnaro's quest for books generally leads him in a cluster of colorful directions.
"I kind of collect a little bit of everything," said Cavagnaro, of Hedgesville, citing comic books along with books featuring role-playing games, surrealist art and other topics.
On Wednesday afternoon, Cavagnaro was shopping in Bank Books, at 145 S. Queen St., in Martinsburg.
"They've actually had some of the stuff that I've searched for over the years," Cavagnaro said.
18 injured in panic at Florida mall after food court fight
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say 18 people were injured at a Florida shopping mall when a crowd fled loud noises they mistook for gunfire.
Orange County Sheriff's Office Master Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said chairs hitting the ground during an altercation in the food court set off the panic Saturday at The Florida Mall in Orlando.
Tejada-Monforte said deputies responding to a call about shots fired quickly determined that a man and a woman had been fighting and knocked over the chairs.
KITCHEN SMARTS: 6 supermarket shortcuts that save time later
If you've had one of those days, and you find yourself glancing at the clock only to discover that it's already 5 p.m. (What!?) and dinner is not simmering cheerfully on the stove, then you may feel like you have limited options. Yes, there is the frozen meal or take-out route. And sure, you can still start from scratch, shopping and cooking and sitting down to eat late and exhausted.
North Korea’s ‘Singapore shops’ expose gap in sanctions push
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Despite the unwanted publicity of a criminal trial for one of their main suppliers, business is booming at Pyongyang's 'Singapore shops,' which sell everything from Ukrainian vodka to brand-name knock-offs from China. The stores stock many of the very things United Nations' sanctions banning trade in luxury goods are intended to block and provide a nagging reminder that not all potential trade partners are lining up behind the U.N.'s pronouncements or the Trump administration's policy of maximum pressure on the North.
2 homeless men allegedly broke into home, cooked dinner
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Two homeless men have been charged with burglary after a California man said he came home to find them cooking dinner.
Robby Spillman tells KNBC-TV he returned from Christmas shopping last Friday to find the men in his Santa Monica apartment.
Kansas shopping mall shuts down after gunfire erupts outside
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City shopping mall filled with after-Christmas bargain hunters had to shut as police investigated a report of gunfire in the parking lot.
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Police find body of missing 68-year-old woman
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island have found the body of a 68-year-old Connecticut woman whose vehicle was found in a parking lot near the water in Westerly.
Police say Lucia Ritacco went shopping on Christmas Eve morning but didn't return to her home in the Pawcatuck neighborhood of Stonington, Connecticut. Her family reported her missing at about 4 p.m. Monday.
Instead of ticket, Iowa woman gets Christmas shopping spree
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Instead of giving her a ticket, two Iowa sheriff's deputies treated a woman to a Christmas shopping spree after pulling her over.
Jasper County Sheriff's Reserve Deputies Rod Eilander and Nathan Popenhagen pulled the woman over for not having license plates on her truck, Des Moines television station KCCI reported Monday.
Police K-9 killed, suspect injured in Florida mall shooting
WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — A police K-9 is dead and a suspect is hospitalized after a shooting near a Florida shopping mall on Christmas Eve, authorities said.
In a statement Tuesday, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Therese Barbera said authorities had been searching for two suspects wanted on warrants for attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. The suspects were located Monday afternoon at the Wellington Green Mall.
Things to know for the NBA’s annual Christmas bonanza
Christmas has arrived, which means holiday shopping lists can hopefully be put away for another year.
So here's a new list: Some of the things to know on this Christmas in the NBA, when five games — all of them televised nationally and beyond — will be on the holiday menu.
Santa gets pushed out as China’s leaders emphasize tradition
SHANGHAI (AP) — It took less than 24 hours for all the Christmas trees, lights and bells to disappear from a 27-story shopping and office complex in the Chinese city of Nanyang.
Even the giant teddy bear at the mall entrance wasn't spared, said Ma Jun, who works at a tutoring company in the building.
Concord Police surprise shoppers to spend $50,000 gift
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Concord Police officers have been surprising shoppers as they seek to spend a generous anonymous donation.
The police department got $50,000 a few weeks ago to spend however it wanted to benefit the community. Officers have been showing up at grocery stores, Target, Walmart and downtown restaurants giving away $25 and $50 gift cards.
The gesture made Pam Abbot, of Loudon, tear up in the pasta aisle at Market Basket.
Mall evacuated over bomb threat
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A bomb threat has forced the evacuation of a Vermont shopping mall on one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season.
Police say workers at a Target store at the University Mall in South Burlington reported the threat around 2 p.m. Saturday.
Authorities evacuated the mall and reopened the area around 3 p.m. after determining the store was safe.
Bomb threat leads to evacuation of Target store
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Christmas shopping briefly turned into unease after a bomb threat was called into a Target store in Raleigh.
News outlets report that the big box store near Triangle Town Center was evacuated of shoppers Saturday at roughly 1:30 p.m.
The business was reopened about an hour later after officials determined there was no danger.
MGM: Massachusetts casino drew 1 million visitors in 6 weeks
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — One million visitors checked out Massachusetts' first resort casino in its first six weeks of operation, MGM Springfield officials reported Thursday.
The company reported the attendance figures and other early results for the casino that opened Aug. 24 near the Connecticut state line to state gambling regulators reviewing the facility's initial days of operations.
In run-up to Christmas, online sales continue to be strong
NEW YORK (AP) — In the run-up to Christmas, online shopping continues to be strong.
Online sales are up nearly 18 percent to $110.6 billion from Nov. 1 through Wednesday, compared to the year-ago period, says Adobe Analytics, which tracks online spending.
Prosecutor opposes reduced bond in mall shooting case
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's attorney general is opposing a bond reduction request for a man charged in the Thanksgiving night gunfire that led to a fatal police shooting in a shopping mall.
Attorney General Steve Marshall's office writes in a court document that Erron Brown's bond should remain at $125,000 because he had help fleeing to Georgia after the shooting and has a prior arrest for robbery.
A judge will consider lowering Brown's bond at a hearing next month.
UK inflation eases but outlook depends on Brexit
LONDON (AP) — Inflation in Britain rose in November by its weakest rate in 21 months, a development that's likely to cheer consumers as they get ready for some last-minute Christmas shopping.
The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that consumer prices were up 2.3 percent in the year to November, down slightly from the previous month's 2.4 percent.
Family: Alabama tries to shield officer who killed black man
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of a black man killed by police in Alabama's largest shopping mall claimed Monday that a state takeover of the investigation is a bid by authorities to protect the officer.
Holding a photo of her son Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., April Pipkins said the move by Attorney General Steve Marshall to assume control of the probe seemed aimed at shielding the officer, who has yet to be named publicly.
December snow could help close tough retail year in Durango
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Shop owners and managers on Durango's Main Avenue are looking for Christmas shoppers to put in a strong final month to what has been a tough retail year that was pinched by little snow last year, the 416 wildfire, mudslides and more than 40 days of lost train trips to Silverton.
US retail sales rose 0.2% in Nov., helped by holiday boost
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping were offset by lower gasoline prices.
Excluding gas, however, the Commerce Department said Friday that last month's retail sales rose a healthy 0.5% in a positive sign for economic growth.
Alabama AG taking over case of black man killed by police
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The investigation of the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer inside Alabama's largest shopping mall is now in the hands of the state attorney general, he announced Thursday.
Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves
The explosion in online shopping has led to porch pirates and stoop surfers swiping holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. The cops in one New Jersey city are trying to catch the thieves with some trickery of their own.
Police in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from New York, are teaming up with Amazon to install doorbell cameras and plant dummy boxes with GPS tracking devices at homes around the city.
They didn't have to wait long Tuesday for someone to take the bait.
3 arrested in protests over Alabama police shooting
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Three people have been arrested in the continuing protests over the fatal police shooting of a black man inside Alabama's largest shopping mall on Thanksgiving night, authorities said Monday.
Two men were arrested Sunday on disorderly conduct charges after a protest that briefly shut down an interstate highway. A woman was arrested Thursday after someone was seen throwing Christmas ornaments into traffic in Hoover, where the shooting occurred.
Questions remain about details of Alabama mall shooting
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — What exactly happened inside Alabama's largest shopping mall on Thanksgiving night when police shot and killed a black man, sparking weeks of protests? That question remains unanswered more than two weeks later.
Senators call for help with online sales tax
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are backing a bill that would prevent new red tape from being imposed on small businesses following a court decision on collecting sales taxes from online shopping.
France girds for weekend protests, fearing more violence
PARIS (AP) — Anticipating a fourth straight weekend of violent protests, France on Friday mobilized armored vehicles and thousands of police, cordoned off Paris' broad boulevards and made plans to shut down tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre.
Family lawyer confirms seeing some video of police shooting
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys for relatives of a black man who was shot and killed by police who mistook him for a suspect in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall on Thanksgiving said Friday they have seen some police video documenting the gunfire.
A lawyer for the family, Ben Crump, said state authorities allowed his team to see the video last week on condition they keep its contents confidential.