Costco sued over alleged chicken mistreatment
Costco sued Stock photo of an unidentified modern chicken farm. Wholesale behemoth Costco was sued June 13, 2022, by animal rights groups over alleged mistreatment of chickens it raised and sold as $4.99 rotisserie-grilled chickens. (Henadzi Pechan/Getty Images/iStockphoto)SEATTLE — Wholesale behemoth Costco has been sued by animal rights groups over alleged mistreatment of chickens it raised and sold as $4.99 rotisserie-grilled chickens. “If Costco continues its illegal mistreatment of chickens, it risks undermining its long-running and successful traffic-generation strategy,” the lawsuit stated. “As more consumers learn of the mistreatment of Costco chickens, the benefits reaped using loss-leading rotisserie chickens to drive customer traffic and purchases .wftv.com
Retail sales in May slip 0.3% amid surging inflation
Even adjusting for inflation, which was 0.3% on a monthly basis in April, sales increased. U.S. retail sales fell 0.3% last month, down from a revised 0.7% increase in April, according to a government report released Wednesday. Adjusting for inflation, which jumped 1% from April to May, overall retail sales fell even further. Among the biggest worries is surging inflation, which has become more widespread and more persistent than expected. Helping to fuel the surge were much higher prices for everything from airline tickets to restaurant meals to new and used cars.wftv.com
How Costco became a mecca for Asian American shoppers
For the uninitiated, a warehouse retailer tracing its roots to 1970s sunny San Diego is hardly the picture of a staple for a community as diverse as Asian Americans. At present, the wholesale club operates more than 800 outlets in 12 global markets, four of which are in Asian countries or territories. This is why it comes as no surprise that Costco’s profile shopper happens to be Asian.news.yahoo.com
US consumer confidence slips in May
Economy Gas Prices A customer pumps gas at this Madison, Miss., Sam's Club, after filling up a gasoline container, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. — (AP) —U.S. consumer confidence edged lower for the second consecutive month as Americans' view of their present and future prospects dimmed in the midst of persistent inflation. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index dipped to 106.4 in May, from 108.6 in April. The business research group’s present situation index, which measures consumers’ assessment of current business and labor conditions, also fell in May to 149.6 from 152.9 in April. The Labor Department reported earlier in May that consumer prices jumped 8.3% last month from a year ago.wftv.com
Why is there a baby formula shortage; what can parents do?
Baby formula shortage: What you need to know The lack of baby formula isn't expected to end soon. (NCD)Shelves that should be holding containers of baby formula have become even more bare over the past few weeks. CNN reported that around this time last year, the out-of-stock rate for baby formula was between 2% and 8%. >>Previous coverage: Baby formula shortage worsens, nearly 30% of popular brands sold outNow the number of states struggling to have enough baby formula has more than doubled — 26 states have shortages. >>Previous coverage: Baby formula shortage: What parents need to knowWynter Balthrop’s 8-month-old daughter Blakely can only eat Enfamil’s Nutramigen formula, a hypoallergenic variety.wftv.com
Ukrainians in New York rally against war
Many Ukrainian's in New York City did not go to sleep Wednesday night, as they stayed up to watch news reports about their homeland being invaded by Russia. Thursday, hundreds rallied around the city, holding Ukrainian flags and chanting "stop the war." (Feb. 24)news.yahoo.com
EU court annuls Intel's 2009 billion euro antitrust fine
Europe Intel Antitrust FILE - An Intel logo on the box containing an HP desktop computer on sale at a Costco in Pittsburgh, Jan. 1, 2018. Chipmaker Intel scored a decisive legal victory Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in a long-running battle against European Union competition watchdogs after a court reversed itself and threw out a billion euro antitrust fine issued more than a decade ago. The EU's General Court annulled the 1.06 billion euro fine ($1.43 billion at current exchange rates) that competition regulators issued Intel in 2009 for allegedly using illegal sales tactics to shut out smaller rival AMD. The General Court upheld the penalty in 2014 but three years later the EU’s Court of Justice ruled that the fine could be sent back for further legal review, citing a legal error. “We will need to study in detail what we can learn from the ECJ from this judgment,” European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager said at a news briefing in Brussels.wftv.com
EU court annuls Intel's 2009 billion euro antitrust fine
Europe Intel Antitrust FILE - An Intel logo on the box containing an HP desktop computer on sale at a Costco in Pittsburgh, Jan. 1, 2018. Chipmaker Intel scored a decisive legal victory Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in a long-running battle against European Union competition watchdogs after a court reversed itself and threw out a billion euro antitrust fine issued more than a decade ago. The EU's General Court annuled the 1.06 billion euro fine ($1.43 billion at current exchange rates) that competition regulators issued Intel in 2009 for allegedly using illegal sales tactics to shut out smaller rival AMD. The General Court upheld the penalty in 2014 but three years later the EU’s Court of Justice ruled that the fine could be sent back for further legal review, citing a legal error. The latest court decision can be appealed to the Court of Justice but only on points of law.wftv.com
Woman missing in wildfire was last seen trying to save dogs
Colorado Wildfire Missing People Charred vehicles sit amid the remains of home in the 1500 block of South 76th, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Superior, Colo. Authorities have found one victim from the wildfire that swept through Superior and Louisville two weeks ago. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski)DENVER — (AP) — As a fast-moving wildfire began burning homes in suburban Denver, an emergency responder warned Edna Nadine Turnbull to evacuate. But the 91-year-old went back inside her home to rescue her dogs. Cornell escaped, but Turnbull was tethered to her dogs, and the leashes were wrapped around a table, the station reported.wftv.com
Wash your masks: How to clean a cloth face covering
Cloth Face Masks The CDC recommends the use of face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing face coverings in a standard washing machine or by hand. The CDC suggests letting masks soak in the solution for 5 minutes before rinsing with cool or room temperature water. Also remember that standard bleach will change the color of fabrics as it strips color. The CDC recommends drying masks using a machines highest heat setting or in direct sunlight.wftv.com
New Year’s Eve: What is Macy’s, Best Buy, Walmart, others store hours?
Here is a list of stores and their New Year’s Eve hours:· Academy Sports + Outdoors: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.· Ace Hardware: Most open regular hours. · Apple Store: Most stores close at 6 p.m.· Banana Republic: Most stores close by 6 p.m.· Barnes & Noble: All stores close at 6 p.m.· Bass Pro Shop: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.· Bath & Body Works: Most stores close by 6 p.m.· Bealls Florida: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.· Bed Bath & Beyond: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.· Belk: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.· Best Buy: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.· Big Lots: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.· BJ’s Wholesale Club: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.· Cabela’s: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. · CVS: Varies, but many are open regular hours on New Year’s Eve; pharmacy hours can vary. · DSW: Many open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.· Family Dollar: Open regular hours. · Walgreens: Open regular hours, but pharmacy hours vary.wftv.com
Candles sold at Costco recalled due to risk of fire, injuries
Alaura brand candles recalled Officials with the Consumer Product Safety Commission released these images of recalled Alaura brand two-tone jar candles on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. (Consumer Product Safety Commission)Officials with Northern Lights Enterprises announced a recall of candles sold at Costco after reports of the jars shattering, cracking or otherwise breaking, causing injuries to three people. Officials said a sticker at the bottom of the jar has the words Alaura Candles printed on it. Officials with Northern Lights said they have since received nearly 140 reports of candles breaking, posing a fire and laceration hazard. Customers who are unable to return the candles can contact Northern Lights at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to receive a full refund.wftv.com
What you should know about holiday gatherings in the age of Omicron
In the era of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, many people may be questioning the safety of gathering even with those who are technically fully vaccinated against COVID but haven’t received a booster shot. So, to gather or not to gather? Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Lucy McBride provides some guidance into how to navigate the holiday season this year at a time when Omicron is expected to become the dominant strain in the U.S. in the coming weeks.news.yahoo.com
Salmon burgers sold at Costco recalled after product may contain small pieces of metal
Salmon burgers sold at Costco are being recalled after health officials said the product may contain small pieces of metal. Salmon burgers sold at Costco are being recalled after health officials said the product may contain small pieces of metal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Trident Seafoods Corporation issued the voluntary recall of a single lot number of the Pacific Salmon Burgers. [TRENDING: SpaceX aims to fly -- and avoid explosion | 4-year-old among 3 dead in I-95 crash | Thief pup gets new home]AdThe FDA said the small pieces of metal could pose as a choking hazard or other physical injuries. Anyone with this product should return it to Costco for a full refund.
Consumer prices up 0.4% last month but core prices moderate
The Labor Department reported on Thursday, Dec. 10, that the gain in the consumer price index followed an unchanged reading in October and matched the 0.2% September advance. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices increased 0.4% in February, the biggest gain in six months, led by a sharp jump in gasoline prices. The Labor Department said Wednesday that the February advance in its consumer price index followed a 0.3% rise in January and was the largest advance since a similar 0.4% increase in August. Consumer prices are up 1.7% over the past year, a still moderate performance for inflation which is running below the Federal Reserve’s 2% target for price increases. Gasoline costs have been climbing since December, reflecting rising costs of crude oil.
Consumer prices up 0.4% last month, biggest gain in 6 months
The Labor Department reported on Thursday, Dec. 10, that the gain in the consumer price index followed an unchanged reading in October and matched the 0.2% September advance. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices increased 0.4% in February, the biggest increase in six months, led by a sharp jump in gasoline prices. Over half of the increase came from a second monthly surge in gasoline prices, which rose 6.4% after a 7.4% jump in January. Gasoline costs have been climbing since December, reflecting rising costs of crude oil. Consumer prices are up 1.7% over the past year, a still moderate performance for inflation which is running below the Federal Reserve's 2% target for price increases.
Costco to raise starting hourly wage to $16; end hazard pay
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)NEW YORK – Costco will increase its starting wage to $16 an hour, surpassing most of its main competitors. Jelinek said the starting wage for Costco employees would rise to $16 next week, up from $15 the company instituted two year ago. The starting wage scale puts Costco above competitors, including Amazon, Target and Best Buy, which have $15 minimum wages. Walmart's starting pay is $11 an hour. AdThe federal minimum wage is currently $7.25.
Deaf Florida Costco worker with mumbling manager won’t get $775,000 award
Costco customers push shopping carts through the parking lot of a Costco store on March 13, 2020 in Richmond, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A deaf former employee of a South Florida Costco store won’t be collecting $775,000 a federal jury awarded her in a discrimination and wrongful termination case. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to reconsider a judge's decision to overturn the 2018 verdict in favor of Christine D'Onofrio. AdD’Onofrio's lawyers appealed, arguing that the phone and online services did not overcome communication problems that arose during her final year at Costco, the newspaper reported. The petition to the Supreme Court asked justices to consider whether the appellate court failed to apply the correct standard of review.
US consumer spending fell 0.2% in December in face of virus
Since making a brief bounce-back from the viral pandemic last spring, consumer spending has barely grown. Friday's government report on consumer spending showed that inflation by a measure preferred by the Fed rose 0.4% in December after no change in October and November. AdThe savings rate remained at an elevated 13.7% of after-tax income in December, up from 12.9% in November. In the final three months of 2020, consumer spending, which accounts for about 70% of the economy, grew at a 2.5% annual rate. Ad“We believe increased vaccinations, stable household finances and rebounding confidence will lift consumer spending growth” this year, Daco said.
US consumer confidence rebounds in January
A sales associate helps customers as they consider the purchase of a big-screen television at a Costco warehouse on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Sheridan, Colo. U.S. consumer confidence fell to a reading of 96.1 in November as rising coronavirus cases pushed Americans confidence down to the lowest level since August. The Conference Board said the November reading represented a drop from a revised 101.4 in October. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Consumer prices up 0.4% in December led by higher gas prices
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices rose 0.4% in December, led by a sharp rise in gasoline prices. For December, energy prices rose 4% with gasoline prices surging 8.4%. Even with that big jump, gasoline prices are 15.2% below where they were a year ago, when people were still commuting to work. Food costs rose 0.4% in December and are 3.9% higher than a year ago. Core inflation, excluding volatile food and energy, rose a slight 0.1% last month, and just 1.6% over the past 12 months.
During crucial holiday season, US consumer confidence slumps
– A closely-watched gauge of U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in December as rising coronavirus cases dragged American optimism to its lowest level since the summer. However, rising pessimism is now spreading during the crucial holiday season, which could make or break a number of retailers, airlines, restaurants other sector that have been hammered financially during the pandemic. It may be an ominous sign for an economy in which consumer spending accounts for 70% of all economic economic activity. The index measuring consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions also fell sharply, from 105.9 last month to 90.3 in December. It remains to be seen how Congress' $900 billion relief bill, which was passed Monday and too late for the survey, will affect consumer behavior this winter.
Q3 GDP estimate gets a slight upgrade to 33.4% growth
The U.S. economy expanded at a 33.4% annual pace from July through September, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 delivering the last of three estimates on the economys third-quarter performance. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, file)WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy expanded at a record 33.4% annual pace from July through September, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, delivering the last of three estimates on the economy’s third-quarter performance. But it's likely that a resurgence in coronavirus cases slowed growth sharply during the last three months of 2020. Employers slashed 22 million jobs in March and April, then began to steadily recall furloughed workers. But the United States is still 9.8 million short of the jobs it had February, and hiring has slowed every month since June.
Fun advent calendars you’ll want to snatch up this holiday season, guaranteed
It’s not guaranteed that the store listed below will have these advent calendars in stock, so just note that you may want to call ahead to ensure your local Costco has the products we’re referencing. This advent calendar is perfect for anyone who loves to watch the movie during Halloween or Christmas. Trader Joe’sNot only does Trader Joe’s have advent calendars for your pup, but also for the kitty cat in your life. AldiAldi is the KING of advent calendars. The month of December is already pretty magical with the holiday spirit in the air, but these adult advent calendars just make it even better.
Costco bringing back wine Advent calendars
It’s nearly wine-o’clock. The wine Advent calendar is returning to Costco this year. Each box comes with 24-half-bottles of wine for a unique taste from Dec. 1 until Christmas. [TRENDING: Does coronavirus spread easily among children? | Gunman shoots 2 teens at skating rink | Michael Jordan forms NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace]Flying Blue, which created the calendar, says they will only be available at Costco stores starting the first week of October.
Costco to give health care workers, first responders priority access
To adhere to social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, Costco has recently taken steps to control the number of members in its warehouses at one time as it experiences surges in shopping. The company announced Wednesday, it is giving health care workers and first responders priority access to shop, allowing them to skip to the front of the line, according to its website. “Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to our warehouses for Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters,” company officials said on its website. To gain access to the front of the line, those specific workers only need to show their Costco membership card along with an ID to indicate their role and they can move to the front of the line. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Costco to start enforcing members only dining at food court
If you frequent the Costco food court for cheap hot dogs and pizza but you’re not a member, you aren’t going to be able to do that for much longer. Costco says buying items from the food court has always required a membership, they just haven’t enforced the rule until now. According to a Costco spokesperson, starting in March the warehouse chain will require you have to have an active membership with the store to visit the food court. It costs about $60 per year, but trust us it’s worth every penny!
Costco warns shoppers of $75 coupon scam
Costco alerted shoppers on Facebook the store is not giving away $75 coupons. Officials said the offer is a scam and is not affiliated with Costo. “Thanks to our fans for letting us know about this recurring hoax,” Costco posted on Facebook. Despite several posts out there, Costco is NOT giving away $75 coupons. While we love our fans and our members, this... Posted by Costco on Tuesday, November 12, 2019The Facebook post from Costco has more than 26,000 shares.