More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay.
Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group remain in a months-long standoff, but the online retailer has reached a multiyear agreement with another major New York publisher, Simon & Schuster.
Shares of some top department store retail companies were up at the close of trading: Kohl's Corp. rose $.98 or 1.7 percent, to $57.52.
Shares of some top big-box retail companies were up at the close of trading: Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $3.77 or 3.0 percent, to $128.42.
Shares of some top drugstore companies were mixed at the close of trading: CVSCaremark rose $1.80 or 2.3 percent, to $81.76.
Apple’s fourth-quarter earnings easily topped Wall Street estimates, helped in part by the release of new iPhone devices at the tail end of the period.
IKEA, whose stadium-sized furniture stores draw shoppers from miles around, is making an online push.
Gas prices have fallen 7 cents a gallon in Maine in the last week.
Gas prices in New Hampshire have plunged nearly 7 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.17.
AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have held steady from last week for a statewide average of about $3.13 per gallon.