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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied on Wall Street in early trading as a solid retail sales report injected more optimism into markets following the signing of an initial trade deal between the U.S. and China.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, evidence that Americans were willing to spend during the winter holidays after a sluggish November.

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This year’s most-wanted gadgets are ones that go in your ear. Nearly 67 million wireless earbuds are expected to be sold this year, according to the Consumer Technology Association. That’s a 35% increase from 2019, making it one of the fastest-growing tech products. Smartwatches, fitness tra…

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Dallas-based Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FRGI), parent company of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana fast-casual restaurant brands, today announced that it will close 19 Taco Cabana restaurants in Texas, effective immediately. Nearly all employees impacted by the closures will be o…

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Havertys (NYSE: HVT and HVT.A) announced it plans to open a new store in Southlake in a former Toys “R” Us location. Remodeling will begin soon with a fall opening expected, the company said in a news release.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mall-based retailers J.C. Penney, Kohl's and Victoria's Secret parent reported sales declines for the holiday season, underscoring continued challenges ahead from online rivals and other low-price competitors.

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Pier 1 Imports’ shares sank to a four-month low after the home decor retailer said it would close almost half its stores as it struggles to draw customers and compete online. The company will close up to 450 stores and will also shutter distribution centers. It didn’t say where the store clo…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is closing nearly 30 stores in coming weeks, though the company reported some improvement in comparable-stores sales during the crucial holiday shopping season.

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Andy Anderson, a vice president in the Retail Division at Henry S. Miller Brokerage, represented Daylight Golf in the lease of a 14,713-square-foot building at 2505 East Grapevine Mills Road in Grapevine. Derek Anthony with The Woodmont Company represented the landlord, CJK Grapevine Propert…

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sex tech is gracing the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week after organizers endured scorn for revoking an innovation award to a sex device company led by a female founder.

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Fine Line Group, the Family Office of Sasha and Ed Bass, has selected Henry S. Miller Company for the management and leasing of Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. Those changes were announced in October, with Sundance Square, which encompasses 29 blocks of existing office and retail spa…

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A robot that can fetch toilet paper when you're stranded on the loo and services to keep track of the elderly from afar were among the technologies showcased this week at the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

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Order something from Amazon, and it’s likely a robot will help get it to you. The tech giant had 200,000 robotic vehicles moving goods through its U.S. warehouses by the holiday rush of 2019. That’s double what it had in 2018 and up from 15,000 in 2014. Amazon says it also doubled the number…

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says the federal government will soon announce a new strategy to tackle underage vaping, promising, "We're going to protect our families, we're going to protect our children, and we're going to protect the industry."

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Retail companies got a bit of post-Christmas cheer last week after investors got an early report showing that U.S. consumers opened their wallets over the holiday season. A survey by Mastercard showed that holiday sales increased by 3.4% from a year ago. Most of that growth came from online …

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Amazon.com shares leapt to a five-month high after a report showed online spending soared nearly 20% during the Christmas holiday shopping season. The data from Mastercard SpendingPulse showed that while overall retail sales rose 3.4% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 compared with last year, onlin…

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Craft chain Michaels got a lift Friday after the Irving-based company said it’s hired former Walmart executive Ashley Buchanan as its new CEO. Buchanan is currently chief operating officer of Walmart’s e-commerce business in the U.S. After a transition period he’ll take over from current Mic…

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Tight supplies are raising the price of real Christmas trees – but so far that hasn’t put a dent in demand. The National Christmas Tree Association, a trade group that represents more than 700 tree farms, says U.S. sales of real trees jumped 21% last year as more millennial families bought t…

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Looking for a gift, but you’re stuck at the airport? Estee Lauder may have an answer. The Estée Lauder Companies, in partnership with 3Sixty Retail, opened a retail concept Dec. 18 in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport – Terminal D Departures near gate 25. The new concept features offer…

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Bed Bath & Beyond has ousted six senior executives, marking the first big move by the struggling retailer’s new CEO to reverse a three-year sales decline. The company has been hammered by the likes of Amazon.com and HomeGoods. Mark Tritton joined Bed Bath & Beyond about two months ag…

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Six senior executives were ousted at Bed Bath & Beyond, the first major maneuver by a new CEO that the retailer recruited from Target to reinvigorate pallid sales.

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Department stores are facing more challenges even as consumers remain financially healthy, according to Moody’s Investor Service. The rating agency said in a recent report it’s cutting its forecast for operating income in 2019 again to a 20% decline from a 15% decline. Moody’s just cut its s…

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GameStop shares suffered their worst loss since June after the video game retailer cut its profit forecast for the year and reported a surprise quarterly loss. The Grapevine-based chain blamed an “unprecedented decline” in hardware sales as consumers delay purchases and await the release of …

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Wall Street started December with a stumble, losing 1.5% in the first two days of trading. The selling followed a strong November rally, amid speculation that the U.S. and China might not reach a trade deal in time to avert a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods that kicks in Dec. 15. Inves…