Alina Selyukh - NPR

a dog in a superman costume

We’re spending $700 million on pet costumes in the costliest Halloween ever

More U.S. shoppers are buying into Halloween this year, scaring up a new spending record for costumes, decorations, candy and cute outfits for pets.
grocery shoppers

The unexpected American shopping spree seems to have cooled

Retail spending declined 0.4% in February compared to January, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.
a Kroger store

Kroger and Albertsons plan merger to combine 2 largest supermarket chains

Kroger plans to buy Albertsons in a deal valued at $24.6 billion, a merger that would combine the two largest grocery-store chains in the U.S., the companies said on Friday.
A postal worker carries a package out of his truck in the snow

From living rooms to landfills, some holiday shopping returns take a ‘very sad path’

It's peak season for returns, which are setting a new record. Some end up back on shelves or get resold to other merchants, and some wind up in landfills or sail overseas.
A person walks in an Ikea warehouse.

Warehouses are overwhelmed by America’s shopping spree

The U.S. is dotted with more warehouses than ever. But they are overwhelmed by record-level imports, a lack of workers and a shopping spree of unprecedented proportions.