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File -- In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 photo travellers leave a BVG subway train in Berlin, Germany. Berlin is unveiling a new app that will let people use public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis seamlessly to travel through the German capital. (Lukas Schulze/dpa via AP)
February 18, 2019 - 9:01 am
BERLIN (AP) — Travelers in Berlin will soon be able to use a single app to switch seamlessly between public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis without signing up for each service individually, officials said Monday. Lithuanian startup Trafi said Berlin will be the first major European...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2018, file photo, a model wears a creation as part of the Gucci women's Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection, presented during the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy. Gucci, which designed this face warmer, reminiscent of blackface prompted an instant backlash from the public and forced the company to apologize publicly on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
February 17, 2019 - 8:54 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and top fashion brands like Gucci and Prada keep apologizing for products that smack of racial insensitivity. The big question is: Why does it keep happening? Experts say many of these fashion companies live in a sort of bubble and lack the diversity in their staff that...
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FILE- This Aug. 23, 2006, file photo shows a Payless store front is seen in Philadelphia. Paylesss ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have been shuttered in the last year. The Topeka, Kansas-based chain said Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 it will hold liquidation sales starting Sunday and wind down its e-commerce operations. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
February 15, 2019 - 5:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year. The Topeka, Kansas-based chain said Friday it will hold liquidation sales starting Sunday...
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FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, Customers stand outside Ikea's first store in India as it opened in Hyderabad, India. India is a test case for whether Ikea should keep shifting resources toward emerging economies, including Latin America and China, given the saturation of markets in Europe and the United States, and the possibility of another global recession. Six months after Ikea opened its first store in Hyderabad, the 400,000-square-foot cornucopia of furniture, linens, kitchenware and other goodies is drawing between 10,000 and 30,000 visitors per day. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A, File)
February 14, 2019 - 11:23 pm
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — In Hyderabad's bustling Nampally furniture market, customers explore a crowded, dusty labyrinth of shops, haggle over prices and work with carpenters to design made-to-order housewares. This is the competition Swedish giant Ikea faces in tackling the $40 billion Indian...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2017 file photo, Eric Danziger, CEO of Trump Hotels, left, joins Eric Trump, center, and Donald Trump Jr., both of whom are executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization, as the trio poses for a photograph during an event for Scion Hotels n New York. On Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, the Trump Organization announced that it will no longer try to open hotels under its Scion and American Idea brands which would have been marketed to budget and mid-priced travelers. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
February 14, 2019 - 7:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's company is scrapping plans for two new hotel chains announced two years ago, casting blame in part on a hostile political environment. The Trump Organization said Thursday that it will no longer try to open hotels under its Scion and American Idea brands...
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FILE- In this Dec. 24, 2018, photo a last-minute shopper scans his mobile device next to a sign marking discounts on coats at Columbia store as shoppers finish up their Christmas gift lists at the Outlet Malls in Castle Rock in Castle Rock, Colo. The On Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for December. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 14, 2019 - 2:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year's holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback. The Commerce Department said Thursday that December retail sales fell 1.2...
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February 14, 2019 - 11:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, says that holiday sales increased a lower-than-expected 2.9 percent as worries about the trade war with China, the government shutdown and stock market turmoil dampened shopper spending in December. The figures...
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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo trader Michael Urkonis works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 14. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 14, 2019 - 11:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New figures showing that last month's holiday sales were far worse than previously expected helped drive stocks lower on Wall Street Thursday, threatening to end a four-day winning streak for the S&P 500 index. The surprise drop in December sales, the worst in the decade, sank a...
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February 14, 2019 - 6:48 am
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's antitrust agency says it has initiated an investigation into online retailer Amazon over complaints of unfair trade practices on its "marketplace" platform. The Federal Competition Authority, or BWB, said Thursday it had received several complaints from Austrian retailers...
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February 13, 2019 - 8:04 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The chairman and chief executive officer of casino operator MGM Resorts International on Wednesday decried a U.S. Department of Justice opinion that is threatening the viability of online gambling and also blamed the recent partial government shutdown for fewer Las Vegas visitors...
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