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11/15/2019

Apple is removing all 181 apps related to vaping from its App Store, noting concerns expressed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association regarding the health hazards of vaping. Users who already have the apps, which offer vaping-related news and social networks and can be used to control vaping pens, will still have access to them.

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11/15/2019

Amazon has yet to disclose details on its plans for a new grocery concept set to launch in Los Angeles next year, which has industry watchers speculating. Some guess the spaces will double as fulfillment centers with robots quickly picking and packing orders while others guess the format could be more like no-frills, low-priced German grocery chain Lidl.

11/15/2019

US retail sales rose 0.3% in October from the previous month and sales in the first 10 months of the year were up 3.1% over the same period in 2018, according to the Commerce Department. Auto and fuel sales led the October increase, and consumers cut back on spending on apparel and big-ticket purchases.

11/15/2019

H.E. Butt Grocery was named America's most-trusted grocery retailer in a market study by Winsight Grocery Business, followed by Kroger, Publix and ShopRite. Walmart was the nation's most widely shopped food retailer, and ALDI has risen up the ranks to be the second-most shopped.

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11/15/2019

Turkey-shaped salt and pepper shakers, metallic fall leaves dishes and pumpkin-shaped clear glass cups with gold rims are among options for fall dining. Gold beaded plate chargers bring a dash of old-school bling, while white dinnerware with marbleized splashes of orange and hot pink offer modern pizzazz.

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Food Network
11/15/2019

Nike and Adidas will sell new brands on StockX, a resale site for clothing and shoes, in blind auctions. Collectibles are another area where StockX is looking to expand, says co-founder Josh Luber.

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11/15/2019

REI's mission to encourage a passion for the outdoors inspired the retailer's #OptOutside campaign that keeps its stores closed on Black Friday. The profitable co-op manages to pay dividends to its owners and donate more than 70% of its profits to outdoor causes, and its eco-friendly philosophy has it expanding its rental and used-gear offerings.

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11/15/2019

Walmart's 41% rise in e-commerce sales in the third quarter was a positive sign, but the retailer still has room to grow further into online retail, CEO Doug McMillon said. "Our strength is being driven by food, which is good, but we need even more progress on Walmart.com with general merchandise," he said.

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11/15/2019

Owners of Vizio smart TVs were left out of the Disney+ launch this week, as the TVs are not yet compatible with the streaming service. Vizio says it's working with Disney to make the offering available on its platforms next year.

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11/15/2019

Apple's Research App has been launched, enabling the public to join medical studies via Apple mobile devices. The first three studies involve women's health, heart health and hearing.

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