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U.S. CONSUMERS spent $9.4 billion online on Cyber Monday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE

Cyber Monday spending climbs 20% to record $9.4B

SEATTLE – United States shoppers spent $9.4 billion online on Cyber Monday - up almost 20% from a year ago and a record -...
A REBOOTED Toys R Us has opened its first location in Paramus, N.J., one of ten stores planned to open by the end of next year. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MARK KAUZLARICH

Toys R Us is back after bankruptcy–in New Jersey, that is

NEW YORK – Visitors to one of New Jersey’s poshest malls will get a first glimpse of the revamped, post-bankruptcy Toys R Us just...
OVERALL U.S. RETAIL sale increased 0.3% in October. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

U.S. retail sales exceed estimates, with some signs of cooling

WASHINGTON – United States retail sales rose more than estimated in October on gains from auto dealers and gas stations, though declines in categories...
REPURPOSED: 
Executive Director Kevin Brochu stands in front of the new Ocean State Community Wellness Center in North Kingstown, which until last April served as the West Bay YMCA.
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Renovation of former West Bay YMCA borrows from Ocean State Job...

It’s well known that Ocean State Job Lot’s stores are mostly housed in repurposed buildings, but the discount retailer’s involvement in the purchase of...

GoodFella Vapor closes Somerset shop due to sales ban on vaping...

SOMERSET – GoodFella Vapor announced it has closed its shop here due to Gov. Charlie Baker’s ongoing ban on vaping products, The Herald News...
LVMH has made an offer of $14.5 billion to purchase jeweler Tiffany & Co. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/KONRAD FIEDLER

Louis Vuitton owner offers $14.5B for jeweler Tiffany

LONDON – LVMH has offered $14.5 billion for jeweler Tiffany & Co. in a bid that could result in Chairman Bernard Arnault’s biggest ever...
THE UNITED STATES consumer sentiment index rose to 95.5 from September’s 93.2, according to the University of Michigan. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE

U.S. consumer sentiment pares gains as economic outlook dims

WASHINGTON – United States consumer sentiment pared gains from earlier in October while remaining elevated, suggesting Americans’ spending will continue to support the economy...

Ocean State Job Lot celebrates new Warwick store

WARWICK – Ocean State Job Lot has moved into a new store in the city. The 25,054-square-foot store at 1109 Warwick Ave. was previously a...
OVERALL U.S. retail sales declined 0.3% in September from the prior month. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly drop in sign consumer shaky

WASHINGTON – United States retail sales unexpectedly posted the first decline in seven months, suggesting consumers are starting to become shaky as the main...

Tiffany Men’s collection

THE STORY: This fall Tiffany launches a new collection, Tiffany Men’s, designed under its Tiffany 1837 Makers imprint. Created for customers with “a discerning...
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