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Boston Wants Amazon, But Is There Room?
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Boston Wants Amazon, But Is There Room?

The possible arrival of Amazon’s second headquarters in East Boston is triggering both hopes and apprehension in a neighborhood already dealing...

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The Mystery of the $70 Hoodie That's All Over Facebook
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The Mystery of the $70 Hoodie That's All Over Facebook

Welcome to the world of dropshipping, where entrepreneurs use social-media ads and hip virtual storefronts to flip merchandise from online...

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Saks Bumps Beauty Counter Off Coveted Ground Floor
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Saks Bumps Beauty Counter Off Coveted Ground Floor

Saks Fifth Avenue is moving the beauty department at its flagship store off the ground floor, scrapping a nearly century-old blueprint in a bid to...

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Sportswear-Maker Puma to Open New York Flagship
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Sportswear-Maker Puma to Open New York Flagship

Germany’s Puma has signed a lease deal to creating a marquee location on Fifth Avenue that will be the first of its kind for the company in North...

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Macy's Shows Signs of Life After Prolonged Slump
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Macy's Shows Signs of Life After Prolonged Slump

After closing dozens of unprofitable stores, Macy’s reported higher sales at those locations still open amid the first signs that the department...

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U.S. Housing Starts Dropped in April
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U.S. Housing Starts Dropped in April

U.S. housing starts fell in April, pulled down by weakness in multifamily building. U.S. Housing Starts Dropped in April

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Can Amazon Convince Whole Foods Shoppers to Join Prime?
News 6 days ago
Can Amazon Convince Whole Foods Shoppers to Join Prime?

Amazon.com is offering new discounts for Prime members shopping at its Whole Foods grocery stores, adding another perk to its membership program...

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Target Tests Retail 'Flow Center' for Faster, Nimbler Distribution
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Target Tests Retail 'Flow Center' for Faster, Nimbler Distribution

The big-box retailer is testing a new distribution strategy to reduce inventory in store back rooms and create more space for online fulfillment as...

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WeWork Wants to Be its Own Landlord, Using Other Investors' Money
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WeWork Wants to Be its Own Landlord, Using Other Investors' Money

WeWork’s $850 million deal to buy the Lord & Taylor store building via its new real-estate investment fund would make the company both landlord and...

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Exclusive Soho House Wants More Members---Lots of Them
News 1 week ago
Exclusive Soho House Wants More Members---Lots of Them

Soho House, known for chic, members-only properties catering to those in creative industries, is in the midst of a counterintuitive strategy:...

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Move Over, Skinny Mannequins. Stores Give Plus-Size Clothes More of the Floor
News 1 week ago
Move Over, Skinny Mannequins. Stores Give Plus-Size Clothes More of the Floor

Retailers including Nordstrom and Target are boosting their plus-size offerings and displaying the clothing next to standard sizes....

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Freddie Mac Offers Cheap Loans to Affordable-Housing Landlords
News 2 weeks ago
Freddie Mac Offers Cheap Loans to Affordable-Housing Landlords

Freddie Mac, the country’s largest backer of apartment loans, will offer low-cost loans to real-estate owners willing to keep their buildings...

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Is Coming to a Yard Sign Near You
News 2 weeks ago
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Is Coming to a Yard Sign Near You

Berkshire Hathaway’s residential real-estate unit is No. 2 in the U.S., its name plastered on neighborhood signs across the country—a big change...

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Slurpees vs. Kale: 7-Eleven Struggles to Catch Fresh-Food Wave
News 2 weeks ago
Slurpees vs. Kale: 7-Eleven Struggles to Catch Fresh-Food Wave

The convenience-store chain is falling behind rivals that are gleaning more sales from healthier snacks and freshly cooked meals....

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Retail's Other Problem: Too Few Clerks in the Store
News 3 weeks ago
Retail's Other Problem: Too Few Clerks in the Store

Many of America’s biggest retailers, under assault from Amazon, have been slashing staff even faster than they have been closing stores, a dynamic...

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U.S. New Home Sales Rose in March
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U.S. New Home Sales Rose in March

U.S. new-home sales surged in March, capping off a strong first quarter in a segment of the housing market characterized by solid buyer demand....

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Amazon Trades Like a Tech Stock But Pays Like a Warehouse
News 4 weeks ago
Amazon Trades Like a Tech Stock But Pays Like a Warehouse

Median pay at Amazon reveals the predominantly blue-collar nature of its workforce, which sets it apart from tech peers Facebook, Apple and Google...

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Housing Starts Edge Higher as Apartment Construction Surges
News 1 month ago
Housing Starts Edge Higher as Apartment Construction Surges

U.S. housing starts increased in March but single-family home construction pulled back, which could spell continued inventory shortages and rapid...

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New York's Commercial-Property Market Storms Back
News 1 month ago
New York's Commercial-Property Market Storms Back

Sales of the city’s office towers, apartment buildings, development sites and other properties rose 70% in the quarter from a year ago, signaling...

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Boise, Idaho, Feels the Growing Pains of a Surging Population
News 1 month ago
Boise, Idaho, Feels the Growing Pains of a Surging Population

Idaho is the fastest-growing state in the U.S. But the state and its capital, Boise, are struggling to cope with the byproducts of growth: soaring...

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Kroger Looks to Add 11,000 Supermarket Workers
News 1 month ago
Kroger Looks to Add 11,000 Supermarket Workers

Kroger is hiring 11,000 workers to improve customer service and efficiency at its thousands of stores as competition among food retailers heats up....

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Shopping Local Can Cost More, But I Got a Deal From My Pet Store
News 1 month ago
Shopping Local Can Cost More, But I Got a Deal From My Pet Store

Warm, fuzzy relationships with neighborhood shop owners can come with a price. But I was happy to work out a deal with a Brooklyn store that allows...

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Rising Home Prices Push Borrowers Deeper Into Debt
News 1 month ago
Rising Home Prices Push Borrowers Deeper Into Debt

More Americans are stretching to buy homes, the latest sign that rising prices are making homeownership more difficult for a broad swath of...

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Mall Vacancies Reach Six-Year High as Retail Slump Batters Local Economies
News 1 month ago
Mall Vacancies Reach Six-Year High as Retail Slump Batters Local Economies

Empty space in regional shopping malls reached a six-year high in the first quarter, adding further stress to regions being hit by a retail...

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Saks, Lord & Taylor Hit With Data Breach
News 1 month ago
Saks, Lord & Taylor Hit With Data Breach

The Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor department-store chains have suffered a security breach that has compromised shoppers’ personal and...

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The Behind-the-Scenes Vibe at Uber and Lyft
News 1 month ago
The Behind-the-Scenes Vibe at Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft New York City hubs are located in the same former warehouse, but each has its own distinctive feel....

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U.S. New Home Sales Fell Slightly in February
News 1 month ago
U.S. New Home Sales Fell Slightly in February

U.S. new-home sales dropped slightly in February, continuing a trend of choppy sideways movement for a narrow segment of the housing market....

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U.K. Mall Operator Rejects $6.8 Billion Bid From French Rival
News 2 months ago
U.K. Mall Operator Rejects $6.8 Billion Bid From French Rival

France’s Klépierre, a holding of U.S. mall king David Simon, has made an unsolicited $6.8 billion bid for U.K. property firm Hammerson, the latest...

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The Next Housing Crisis: A Historic Shortage of New Homes
News 2 months ago
The Next Housing Crisis: A Historic Shortage of New Homes

A decade after the construction boom, fewer new houses are being built in America than at almost any time before. “It’s a good time to be here in...

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Housing Starts Tumble
News 2 months ago
Housing Starts Tumble

U.S. housing starts declined in February, returning to a long-term trend of modest improvement in single-family construction and a slowdown in...

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