Lauren Zumbach

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  • Beauty companies hustle to keep up with faster trends

    Beauty companies hustle to keep up with faster trends

    When reality TV star Kylie Jenner introduced her first cosmetics products to the Internet in late 2015, the Kylie Lip Kits — matte liquid lipstick and lip liner combos — sold out in minutes. Competing brands were paying attention. Companies quickly started promoting their own matte lipsticks as...

  • Sears is selling its Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker

    Sears is selling its Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker

    Sears Holdings Corp. will sell its well-known Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker, the latest in a recent flurry of moves the retailer is making to generate cash after at least five money-losing years. The agreement announced Thursday calls for Stanley to pay $525 million when the deal...

  • Online shopping makes it easier for consumers, but returns are still a hassle

    Online shopping makes it easier for consumers, but returns are still a hassle

    Holiday shoppers who enjoyed the convenience of fulfilling wish lists with a simple click of the “buy” button are learning this week that the return process for online purchases can still be a hassle. E-commerce purchases can be made with little effort, but shoppers say the returns are almost never...

  • United Airlines to offer 'basic economy': seats with even fewer perks

    United Airlines to offer 'basic economy': seats with even fewer perks

    United Airlines is trying to woo budget airline passengers with new "basic economy" fares that will go on sale early next year. The fare strategy, which United has worked on for months and detailed Tuesday, offers the cheapest seats on a plane in exchange for giving up the few perks that come with...

  • Watch out for dysentery: 'Oregon Trail' computer game returns as a card game

    Watch out for dysentery: 'Oregon Trail' computer game returns as a card game

    Eighties and '90s kids, “The Oregon Trail” is back — this time as a card game. The new version, created by Pressman Toy Co., is based on the classic video game designed to teach about the perils of 19th century pioneers' journeys West and is sold only at Target stores, the retailer said in a news...

  • Costco is expected to raise membership fees

    Costco is expected to raise membership fees

    Costco shoppers may be in for a membership fee hike next year. "The conditions are in place" for the warehouse club to increase the annual fee members pay to shop its stores in early 2017, UBS analysts said in a report following a meeting with Costco executives. Analysts said they expected Costco...

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