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It’s starting with shoes, a business that’s more competitive and growing more slowly than handbags. Footwear also presents challenges Coach hasn’t faced much before: While bags will always fit over a woman’s arm, shoes come in sizes, and Coach runs the risk of having too...

Barefoot-running enthusiasts long have believed that running without shoes or in minimalist footwear makes running easier, speedier and less injurious. Five separate studies there found no significant benefits, in terms of economy, from switching to minimalist, barefoot-style footwear.The news on injury prevention and barefoot-style running...

The productivity of American workers grew a modest amount from January through March, after having declined in the previous quarter. And a private survey showed on Wednesday that American businesses added just 135,000 jobs in May, the second consecutive month of weak gains....