Retail

Retail

Wal-Mart's online sales surge, topping expectations

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart delivered first-quarter results that show it's winning over shoppers at stores and online, even as the competition intensifies.The world's largest retailer said that sales at established stores rose for the eleventh straight quarter, and customer traffic rose for the tenth quarter in a row.

Google's latest offerings big on A.I. features

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google provided a look at its latest digital offerings Wednesday, with a heavy focus on its efforts to extend artificial-intelligence features into more of its apps and services.

Ameren showcases continent's most advanced 'microgrid' on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois officials may have chosen the perfect day Wednesday to show off their new $5 million Technology Applications Center on the southwest edge of the University of Illinois campus.

Target profit rises, though a key sales measure falls

NEW YORK (AP) — Target's first-quarter profit rose almost 8 percent as attempts to turn its business around appear to be gaining some traction. Sales at established stores fell for the fourth consecutive quarter, but the decline was less than expected, and online sales surged 22 percent.

Retailers, feds allege price fixing among tuna suppliers

BANGKOK (AP) — Executives of the most popular tuna brands in the United States — Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee and StarKist — conspired regularly to keep prices high for consumers with a taste for one of America's favorite sandwich ingredients, according to criminal and civil court records updated this week.

Retail sales rebound in April after sluggish winter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their spending at auto dealers, hardware stores and e-commerce outlets as retail sales rebounded from two sluggish months.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased 0.4 percent in April from March. Sales ticked up just 0.1 percent in March and fell in February.

$1.2 billion settlement mostly ends VW lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a $1.2 billion settlement with owners of 88,500 Volkswagens with 3-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave the deal final approval during a hearing Thursday. The deal ends most of the litigation over VW's cheating scandal, which became public in 2015.

Visit Champaign County honors 5 who helped tourism

CHAMPAIGN — When tourists come through town, they often stop at the Esquire.

When they do, Jessica Basalay often helps them figure what to do in Champaign.

"They're always wondering where to go next, and what's in town, and where's good food, and I always send them to local places and recommend them local beers," Basalay said.

Record losses possible in retailers' upcoming quarterly reports

NEW YORK (AP) — It's starting to look a lot like the Great Recession redux for retailers.

Amplified revenue: Big concerts are big boost for local economy

CHAMPAIGN — More than 58,000 people attended the four Garth Brooks concerts last weekend.

Papa Del's served pizza to a good slice of them.

"It was like a homecoming weekend. We were jammed Saturday all day, all night. Friday, we were really busy. Even Sunday, we were really busy," owner Bob Monti said. "Lots of cowboy hats and lots of boots in the restaurant."