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Teen Employee Denied Shifts at Banana Republic Over 'Urban' Hair

Manager fired after incident goes viral

(Newser) - A manager at a White Plains, New York, Banana Republic has been fired after telling a black employee her braided hair was "too urban" for the store. Destiny Tompkins, 19, posted about the incident on Facebook Wednesday, explaining that after a district manager visited the store, Tompkins was called... More »

Megastores Overrun the Champs-Élysées

McDonald's, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger sparkle on historic street

(Newser) - Want to stroll down the romantic Champs-Élysées on your next European vacation? Hope you like McDonald's, Banana Republic, and Nike, because that's the kind of business you'll find there now, the New York Times reports. Since the 1980s, megastores have been muscling their way onto... More »

Wal-Mart Leads Feb. Retail Rally

Overall sales jump doubles expectations, calms consumer spending fears

(Newser) - Big retailers showed unexpected signs of life in February, beating weak sales predictions to inject some hope into the market. Wal-Mart led the way, posting a 2.6% same-store increase, beating its own predictions of flat-to-2% growth. Overall, same-store sales climbed 1.9%, with more than half of retailers beating... More »

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