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AMAZON.COM INC., already a lender to small businesses, is now in early discussions to create a product for retail customers similar to checking accounts. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JIM YOUNG

Amazon checking-account threat puts regional banks on defensive

NEW YORK - America’s regional banks are preparing to defend their turf.Amazon.com Inc., already a lender to small businesses, is now in early discussions to...

Can too much transparency hinder economic development?

There’s a running debate between the state and some outside parties about how much information related to luring business here should be shared with...
THE S&P 500 Index closed at the lowest level since early February while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 459 points Monday. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

Tech rout sinks stocks as lines of defense crumble

NEW YORK - The deepening rout in once high-flying technology shares sent U.S. stocks tumbling to start the second quarter, as fresh presidential criticism...
WALMART IS EXPERIMENTING with a number of ways to bring down its health care costs, including setting up accountable care organizations at many of its employment centers, where the retailer buys care directly from providers. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Amazon isn’t only retail giant trying to remake health care

NEW YORK – Amazon.com Inc. says it wants to remake health care for its workers. But its biggest rival is beating it to the...
BOTH PASSENGER AND CARGO traffic at T.F. Green Airport in November increased year over year. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

T.F. Green passenger and cargo traffic continue upswing in Nov.

WARWICK – T.F. Green Airport has been getting busier.Passenger traffic at T.F. Green in November rose 21.5 percent year over year to 374,265 enplaned...

Health stocks, including CVS, slump as Amazon-led group unveils efficiency plans

WILMINGTON, Del. – Health care stocks plunged after three companies led by Internet giant Amazon.com Inc. said they plan to collaborate on developing ways...
PASSENGER TRAFFIC at T.F. Green Airport increased 18.6 percent in October while the amount of cargo processed through the airport increased 73.6 percent year over year. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Traffic’s up at T.F. Green, while cargo processing skyrockets

WARWICK – Traffic at T.F. Green Airport increased 18.6 percent year over year in October, according to the R.I. Airport Corp.’s monthly airport passenger...
COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP./PRESTON SCOTT COHEN INC.

Commerce updates Amazon web pitch with new renderings, testimonials

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. updated its RIforAmazon.us domain to include new renderings of proposals for Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters, HQ2.The drawings include...

Is Rhody a player for Amazon HQ2?

In an introductory video for the Rhode Island pitch to Amazon.com, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo describes Rhode Island as a “small pond in a...
AGGRESSIVE GROWTH: Pictured is the interior of the Amazon fulfillment center in Fall River. According to retail analysts at Needham and Co. LLC, Amazon posted $128.5 billion in gross merchandise sales in 2016, 34 percent of all U.S. online sales, and accounted for 58 percent of all e-commerce growth in the country that year.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Amazon’s growth is bringing much-needed jobs to region, but are they...

Jerry Johnson lost his last retail job about eight years ago, when the consumer-electronics chain Circuit City shut its stores under pressure from competing...
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