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Gas stations depend on getting customers inside. Is that a problem right now?
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Gas stations depend on getting customers inside. Is that a problem right now?

Some health experts question the safety of small convenience stores during the global COVID-19 pandemic. One industry bracing for the coming COVID...

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Your COVID-19 questions, answered.
Blog 4 days ago
Your COVID-19 questions, answered.

There’s so much news out there right now when it comes to the novel coronavirus that it can be hard to find clear answers to important economic...

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There's
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There's "no need to hoard," grocery store CEO says

Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen explains the supermarket's new emergency leave policy, as well as why shoppers shouldn't panic. The affects of the...

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As COVID-19 spreads, Manhattan’s Chinatown contemplates a bleak future
Blog 2 weeks ago
As COVID-19 spreads, Manhattan’s Chinatown contemplates a bleak future

Starting tomorrow, all of New York City’s restaurants, bars and cafes will be restricted to selling food through take-out or delivery only in an...

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Can your grocery store restock shelves quickly? It depends where you shop.
Blog 2 weeks ago
Can your grocery store restock shelves quickly? It depends where you shop.

This was a terrible day for markets. Here's what comes next. A shopper walks past empty shelves normally stocked with soap, sanitizer, paper towels...

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Coronavirus causing low interest rate, real estate opportunity- Marketplace
Blog 1 month ago
Coronavirus causing low interest rate, real estate opportunity- Marketplace

One effect of low bond yields is ultra-cheap mortgages. The average interest on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, according to Freddie Mac, is now...

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Why so many people are shopping secondhand
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Why so many people are shopping secondhand

On the second floor of Nordstrom’s flagship store in Manhattan, a couple blocks from Central Park, the company is running an experiment. It’s...

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How Bath & Body Works is still going strong
Blog 1 month ago
How Bath & Body Works is still going strong

He sees a lot of the "United States of Work" This CEO says company is "nearly fully operational" in U. S.-China dealings Kickstarter workers voted...

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Why millennials are obsessed with real estate platforms
Blog 1 month ago
Why millennials are obsessed with real estate platforms

Sign up for "Econ Extra Credit with David Brancaccio" A woman looking at real estate listings in 2017. The average cost of a home in the United...

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As shoppers head online, what value does a flagship store bring?
Blog 1 month ago
As shoppers head online, what value does a flagship store bring?

Those who can't afford a new home on their own, teach. Everything's on Wikipedia. Misinformation, too. But Wiki says its editing process quickly...

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Sephora ventures beyond the mall with new store openings
Blog 1 month ago
Sephora ventures beyond the mall with new store openings

Episode 148: Do we have to call it the "internet of things"? Sign up for "Econ Extra Credit with David Brancaccio" Sephora, the beauty chain that...

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In buying Forever 21, mall owners buy themselves some time
Blog 1 month ago
In buying Forever 21, mall owners buy themselves some time

Sign up for "Econ Extra Credit with David Brancaccio" Have you ever been to a mall that's just barely holding on? It's unsettling. You see metal...

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A look at why retailers may be closing so many stores
Blog 2 months ago
A look at why retailers may be closing so many stores

People walk through a nearly empty shopping mall in March 2017 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Just a few weeks into the new year, retailers have...

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Where traditional retail stands heading into 2020
Blog 2 months ago
Where traditional retail stands heading into 2020

What's the value of struggling brick-and-mortar? Macy's announced it is closing some locations, after store sales fell more than 0.5% this holiday...

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Another year of
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Another year of "retail apocalypse?" Not quite.

What's the value of struggling brick-and-mortar? Macy's announced today that it will close nearly 30 stores. It also reported a 0.6% drop in its in...

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Fewer NYC evictions after tenant rights are beefed up
Blog 2 months ago
Fewer NYC evictions after tenant rights are beefed up

What's the value of struggling brick-and-mortar? New York State enacted a series of laws in June 2019 shielding tenants from big rent hikes in both...

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For retailers, holiday shopping was strong. But the way we shop is changing.
Blog 2 months ago
For retailers, holiday shopping was strong. But the way we shop is changing.

The 2019 shopping season looks like it was a strong one. According to one early consumer survey, spending was up 3.4 % this year — and online...

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Toys R Us opens second store with a focus on experiences
Blog 3 months ago
Toys R Us opens second store with a focus on experiences

What's on the to-do list for Boeing's new CEO? Have a shopping story to tell? Let us know! Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and closed its...

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The decade in retail
Blog 3 months ago
The decade in retail

What's on the to-do list for Boeing's new CEO? Marketplace reporter Marielle Segarra looks back on some of the big stories from the world of retail...

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The business of the year-round Christmas store
Blog 3 months ago
The business of the year-round Christmas store

Shannon Roberts moved to Big Bear Lake, California, with her husband in 2015 and “jumped off a Christmas cliff.” “I used to be in real estate, but...

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Mortgage rates and the Federal Reserve, explained
Blog 3 months ago
Mortgage rates and the Federal Reserve, explained

You can't spell "finance" without "A" and "I" It's not delivery. It's the grocery store. Two pairs are better than one! Get both NEW Marketplace...

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New SNAP rules will affect 700,000 aid recipients — and more than 250,000 retailers
Blog 3 months ago
New SNAP rules will affect 700,000 aid recipients — and more than 250,000 retailers

Episode 142: Congrats!? Your business has been "rescued" Have something you want Kai to explain? The Trump administration is moving ahead with its...

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One thing you can't buy online? Holiday nostalgia
Blog 3 months ago
One thing you can't buy online? Holiday nostalgia

A record number of U.S. consumers did holiday shopping over Thanksgiving weekend this year — nearly 190 million, up 14% from last year — according...

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The suburban office park is making a comeback
Blog 3 months ago
The suburban office park is making a comeback

Buying property is emotional. Tech can help people understand their home's climate risk. Large, secluded office parks used to be the ideal American...

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