Alina Selyukh - NPR

Alina Selyukh - NPR
Easter bunnies

Pricier Easter bunnies and eggs. Half-dipped Kit Kats. What’s up with chocolate?

As cocoa prices surge faster than bitcoin and exceed those of precious metals, some candy makers have raised prices while others use less chocolate.
grocery bags

Feds and 9 AGs sue to block Kroger-Albertsons supermarket merger

Attorneys general in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming joined the suit.
a cartoon image of a hand holding an iphone with a timer on it

How do you use Buy Now, Pay Later? It likely depends on your credit score

New research finds that people who use it the most tend to use it like a credit card, instead of a credit card. And that's regardless of income.
a grocery bag

Will the feds block a grocery megamerger? Kroger and Albertsons will soon find out

U.S. regulators are deciding whether to block Fred Meyer owner Kroger's $24.6 billion purchase of Carrs owner Albertsons.
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.