August 19, 2018

NEW YORK — A tight labor market and a shrinking pool of talented workers make “I’m quitting” some of the most dreaded words a small business owner can hear.

Staff turnover is a fact of life, but it’s particularly painful at small companies competing with larger…

Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

August 18, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb.

Kroger’s pilot program launched Thursday morning…

Sales boom in Walmart stores, surge online

August 17, 2018

NEW YORK — Walmart raised its financial outlook for the year on Thursday after beating Wall Street's expectations for the quarter and seeing the strongest growth in more than a decade in sales at established stores. Its shares rose more than 9 percent.

The upbeat report indicates that…

Retail sales rise at robust annual rate in July

August 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — Americans shopped at a healthy pace in July, buying more cars, clothes and appliances, evidence that consumers are helping drive robust economic growth.

Retail sales rose at a 0.5 percent annual rate in July, after a 0.2 percent increase the previous month, the Commerce…