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City launching downtown retail recruitment plan

The drive to lure new retailers downtown will ramp up after the first of the year, city officials say.

Wichita Sears, Kmart stores escape first round of cuts

Wichita escaped the cut in the first round of Sears and Kmart store closings announced today by the longtime retailer’s management company, Sears Holdings.

Predictions for 2012: Economy moving in a positive direction

A year ago, forecasters called for slow economic improvement in the year to come. We got that, along with an incredibly bumpy ride.

Up to 120 Sears, Kmart stores to close as holiday sales fall short

Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores after poor sales during the holidays, the most crucial time of year for retailers.

Day off, discounts, gift cards encourage Wichita shoppers to head back to stores

Christmas carols were still playing at Towne West Square Monday as stores and people carried the Christmas shopping spirit past the holiday.

Dollar stores aim for holiday-bargain niche

After four years without a job and two years living in a Motel 6 in Inglewood, Calif., Jay Payne is Christmas shopping for the first time in a long while.

Black Friday helps some retailers, hurts others

Black Friday was a record-setter nationally and for some Wichita retailers, according to reports.

From Dillons warehouse to your house

Today is largely a day of rest at the enormous Dillons perishable foods warehouse in Hutchinson.

Lampert plans to remake Sears

Edward Lampert is remaking Sears Holdings Corp. to be quite unlike the department store Americans have known since 1893.

Retailers ready for holiday shoppers

Slightly more money is expected to hit the till in retailers’ cash registers this Christmas season, say national experts and local business owners.

Watch kiosk owner aims for high-end fliers, buyers

PHILADELPHIA — David Boreanaz, Philly guy and star of TV's "Bones," was catching a flight when he stopped at the Time to Fly kiosk in Philadelphia International Airport's Terminal B and bought a watch.

Economic bad news slows spending in October

NEW YORK — Americans were shopping in October, but they were spending at a slower clip than expected as they faced a barrage of bad economic news.

Once-dying Toys R Us on path of resurgence

In the race to sell Transformers, Rock 'N Roll Elmo and Lalaloopsy, Toys R Us knows how to win.

Workers accuse Wal-Mart of bias in new suit

SAN FRANCISCO — Lawyers representing former and current female workers of Wal-Mart Inc.' s California stores on Thursday filed the first of a planned "armada" of class-action lawsuits accusing the retailer of gender bias.

Paying more for insurance

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores, the nation's largest private employer, is scaling back the eligibility of health care coverage offered to future part-timers and raising premiums for many of its full-time workers.

McDonald's third-quarter income rises 9%

NEW YORK — McDonald's Corp.' s third-quarter net income rose by 9 percent as it kept defying a tough economy and attracting more customers.

Lowe's to close 20 stores, scale back expansion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Lowe's Inc. is closing 20 stores and opening fewer than half of the new stores it had planned in the coming years, the company said Monday.

Consumer spending up 1.1%

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers stepped up their spending on retail goods in September, a hopeful sign for the sluggish economy.

Mall retailers group expects holiday sales to rise 3%

NEW YORK — The International Council of Shopping Centers said it expects holiday sales to increase 3 percent this year.

Retailers hopeful for holiday season

LOS ANGELES — As retailers head toward the all-important holiday season, they have reason to be optimistic: Months of solid sales are widely expected to carry through to the end of the year, when shoppers are most likely to open their wallets.

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