Walmart takes bruises from Amazon battle in fourth quarter

NEW YORK — Walmart is taking some bruises from its battle with online leader Amazon. The world’s largest retailer reported a lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year, signs that underscore the company’s challenges in a fiercely competitive landscape. The news, announced Tuesday, overshadowed the discounter’s […]

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Some hats are not for wearing, and other life advice from the inimitable life of Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark’s fiction has a mysterious quality that readers tend to find elusive: something uncanny lurks in the writing, something often sinister, which is difficult to put a finger on. On the first page of The Driver’s Seat, her fevered account of a mentally ill spinster’s preordained murder, the heroine, Lise, erupts in sudden manic […]

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Trump administration expected to defend tariffs on Canadian solar modules in U.S. trade court

TORONTO — President Donald Trump’s decision to hit imports of Canadian solar energy modules with staggering tariffs, starting this month, has sparked another court battle over the extent of his powers to push through his America First agenda. Three Ontario-based manufacturing companies are suing the U.S. government in the U.S. Court of International Trade over […]

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