In the middle of the 20th century, Sears accounted for a full percentage point of U.S. GDP. By the early 21st century, it was in steep decline. What happened?
One hundred years ago, a retail giant that shipped millions of products by mail moved swiftly into the brick-and-mortar business, changing it forever. Is that happening again?
Food-service jobs are eating the economy. Maybe that’s not a good thing.
Conservatives say the state has a tax problem. Liberals say it has an inequality problem. What it really has is a city problem.
With a plan to buy Whole Foods, the retailer’s $14 billion wager isn’t just about the future of food. It’s about the future of shopping—especially for rich urban consumers.
Most used to work in July and August. Now the vast majority don’t. Are they being lazy, or strategic?
The retail giant is slashing membership fees for families on federal welfare.
The auto industry’s fate rides on the answers to three unresolved questions: driven or self-driving? Electric or gas? Private or shared?
In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.
Some are putting their careers before babies and homes. Others haven't left home in the first place.
The era of the overeducated barista is here to stay. College graduates are still spending more and more years (and money) to get worse and worse entry-level jobs.
Some cities and neighborhoods are stuck in vicious cycles of poverty while others have a proven track record of turning poorer children into economic success stories.
For a while, young people were taking public transit and using car-sharing apps instead of buying cars. But now they're heading to the dealership, just like their parents.
The poor spend relatively more on what will keep them alive, because they must, and the rich spend more on what will keep them rich, because they can.
The neighborhoods outside of sunny metro areas are gobbling up the country, just like they were before the Great Recession.
History often intervenes with extrapolated trends, making it hard to predict what the best cities for young people will be in the future.
Since 2007, the private sector has added 2.4 million new jobs. Retail has lost 60,000.
Is the company destroying full-time work, entrenching us in part-time purgatory, or empowering America's most independent workers?
Millennials aren't saving money because they aren't making money.
The paradox of the American Dream: The best cities to get ahead are often the most expensive places to live, and the most affordable places to live can be the worst cities to get ahead.
Three theories about today's biggest economic mystery: If unemployment is shrinking, why aren't wages growing?