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Holiday shopping starts early

WASHINGTON — Nearly 180 million Americans shopped during the five-day period from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, according to by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics. In total, 179.8 million unique shoppers made in-store and online purchases during the holiday weekend, exceeding NRF’s initial expectations by over 21 million. The figure

Instacart expedites omnichannel retailing

SAN FRANCISCO — Buoyed by the recent boom in omnichannel retailing, Instacart is redoubling its efforts to cement a central role in the marketplace, extending existing relationships with retail partners, establishing new ones, and expanding the scope of activities to include services that directly touch what goes on inside the store. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,

Kroger posts Q3 gains, raises full-year outlook

CINCINNATI — Kroger posted sales gains in the third quarter and raised its outlook for the year. Identical-store sales (excluding fuel) increased 3.1% compared to the prior-year quarter, and were up 14% on a two-year stacked basis. The two-year stack for digital sales increased 103%. Total company sales were $31.9 billion in the third quarter,

GIANT debuts two Philadelphia supermarkets

PHILADELPHIA — As part of GIANT Co.’s commitment to making a difference in the local communities it serves, the chain has opened the first two of three new Philadelphia stores this month. The third store, GIANT Heirloom Market in the Fashion District, is due to open December 16. The first store opened at Columbus Boulevard

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