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Tuesday's monthly retail-sales report from the Commerce Department showed U.S. sales declines at auto dealerships, building- and garden-supply stores and restaurants, suggesting Americans are still reluctant to spend freely. While employers have stepped up hiring since January, wage growth remains weak and is barely keeping...

Hardy, chairman of Hardy Capital, a Vancouver-based merchant bank, bought OnlineShoes.com for an undisclosed amount in a deal completed Friday. OnlineShoes.com, founded in 1996 by Dan Gerler, was one of the first Internet-based shoe retailers. Hardy said OnlineShoes' history and returning customer base intrigued him....

“Soccer is played year-round in the U.S., but recreational soccer gear tends to be purchased before fall and spring seasons. We found a boost in online shopping behavior during June for products ranging from soccer cleats, balls, shin guards, gloves and other equipment, demonstrating the...