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Home Depot’s same-store sales surge in final quarter of 2019 at AP. “Sales at stores open at least a year rose 5.2%, which was also better than analysts had expected. Those sales climbed 5.3% in the U.S.” Read more


Macy’s shares jump after earnings top estimates, helped by a last-minute holiday sales boost at CNBC. “Same-store sales: down 0.5%, on an owned plus licensed basis, vs. a drop of 0.9% expected.” Read more


Tesco completes China exit with $357 million stake sale at Reuters. “Having struggled to crack the Chinese market, Tesco established the Gain Land venture with CRH in 2014, combining the British group’s 131 stores in China with its partner’s almost 3,000.” Read more


Amazon opens first full-sized store without cashiers or checkout lines by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire. “Two years after launching a chain of convenience stores without cashiers or checkout lines, Amazon is opening its first “Amazon Go Grocery” store in Seattle on Tuesday morning…” Read more


The Costco Connection is America’s fourth biggest magazine at CNN. “The Connection has a circulation of around 14.3 million copies per edition, up from 12.2 million in 2016…behind two AARP publications and Parade, the publication distributed in Sunday newspapers, according to leading magazine auditing firms.” Read more


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Shipt shoppers are the latest gig workers to organize by Megan Rose Dickey at TechCrunch. “We are losing money as shoppers at a ridiculous rate,” a shopper from Kalamazoo tells TechCrunch. “…It is a lot of money. Our best guestimation is, we’re all losing about 30% or more. I did four orders this past weekend and I lost money on every single one.” Read more


Target breaks into the top 10 list of US e-commerce retailers by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch. Top 10 list


Walmart Takes on CVS and Amazon With Low-Price Clinics by Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg. “It won’t be easy to persuade Americans to entrust their health to a big-box discount retailer…Even (Doug) McMillon, whose father was a dentist, admits he “just can’t imagine being a dentist working at Walmart,” and he’s not alone.” Tiered subs.


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More than half of Apple retail stores are back open in China after being closed for weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak at Fast Company. Read more


Some Costco stores are barring non-members from eating at the food court — but they weren’t really supposed to be eating there in the first place at Business Insider. Read more


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