New York Times reporter. Foodie, bookworm. Part of Pulitzer Prize winning & finalist teams,'13 &'12. Ex-Tokyoite, LSE grad. Kobe born & raised.

SkyMall’s Parent Files for Bankruptcy Protection — The parent of the quirky in-flight shopping magazine SkyMall said Friday that it had filed for bankruptcy protection, and that it would sell off its online retail business and other assets. The company, Xhibit, blamed a "rapidly evolving and highly competitive retail industry," including Internet access in-flight that allowed travelers to peruse e-commerce websites and shop online while flying, for its woes.

Wet Seal Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy — The latest victim of changing teenage tastes and lifestyles, Wet Seal said on Friday that it had filed for bankruptcy protection, though a financing offer from a boutique investment bank could help keep some of its business alive.

Ex-Saks Employee’s Transgender Harassment Claim Is Investigated — New York's attorney general is investigating Saks Fifth Avenue's treatment of transgender employees after a former saleswoman said that the luxury retailer had harassed and dismissed her over her transgender identity. In a letter to Saks dated Wednesday, the office of the attorney general, Eric T.

Best Buy Outlook Overshadows Holiday Sales Gains — Best Buy said Thursday that holiday-season sales in the United States grew by 2.6 percent as brisk sales of flat-screen TVs and smartphones offset limp demand for tablets. But the retailer said it expected electronics demand to wane in the new year. The company's shares were down more than 15 percent in early trading.

Retail sales dropped more than expected in December

Retail Sales Dropped More Than Expected in December — Retail sales unexpectedly dropped 0.9 percent in December from the previous month, according to figures released Wednesday by the Commerce Department, suggesting falling gas prices and a brighter job market have yet to lift consumer spending. The drop, far worse than the median 0.1 percent decline economists had predicted, followed a smaller-than-estimated gain of 0.4 percent for November.

Saks Owner Denies Bias Claim by a Transgender Former Employee — The chief executive of Saks Fifth Avenue's parent company on Tuesday denied accusations made by a former employee that she was harassed, then dismissed, over her transgender identity. Gerald L. Storch, the chief executive of the parent company, Hudson's Bay, also said Saks was a strong advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Fund Said to Be Near Deal to Acquire Bruno Magli — A New York fund is the latest to try to breathe life into the long-ailing Italian shoemaker Bruno Magli. Marquee Brands, a brand acquisition company set up in September by the New York-based private equity firm Neuberger Berman, is set to announce on Monday that it will acquire the luxury shoe label for 28.5 million euros, or about $34 million.

Após atrasos, empresas de entrega dos EUA se previnem para festas — O passo Donner, um trecho sempre gélido de estrada que atravessa as montanhas da Sierra Nevada, fica a 3,2 mil quilômetros da sede mundial da FedEx em Memphis.

In Takata Shake-Up, President Is Removed as Founding Family Member Expands Role — The Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata, which is at the center of a global recall crisis, said Wednesday that it had removed its president and that its chairman, a grandson of the company founder, would also take on the role of president, consolidating control over the company.
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Jan 23, 2015

RT @nytimes: What was your favorite SkyMall product, purchase or story? Tell us in comments here:

Jan 23, 2015

SkyMall’s Parent Files for Bankruptcy With in-flight wifi, less people flipping thru catalogs to buy garden gnomes

Jan 23, 2015

So beautiful, yet.. MT @CBSNews Beware of glow-in-the-dark water off Hong Kong -- cd be toxic

Jan 23, 2015

So I'm getting used to this cold weather thing. 29F/-2C no longer feels cold at all.

Jan 23, 2015

Daily Beast reports Japanese govt prevented mediators from traveling to Syria in Oct to negotiate hostage's release

Jan 23, 2015

RT @nytimes: Japanese Hostage’s Mother Urges Islamic State to Spare Him

Jan 23, 2015

Sure feels like Japan's presenting hostage crisis as another reason to change its pacifist constitution. By @slodek

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