Business Highlights

___ Amazon-Whole Foods tie-up could speed grocery transformation NEW YORK (AP) — Grocers trying to compete with the threat of a combined Amazon and Whole Foods will have to make changes.

Is Amazon getting too big?

Hitha Herzog of H Squared Research on whether Walmart will enter a bidding war with Amazon to acquire Whole Foods, and if the ecommerce giant is getting too big.

Sears to close more stores amid retail industry tumult

Struggling department-store retailer Sears on Friday said it will shutter another 20 stores – including 18 Sears stores and two Kmart locations – by mid-September, as it continues to respond to an industry-wide shift in consumer shopping habits that’s hitting traditional retailers particularly hard.

Barnes & Noble brainstorms ideas to stay alive

Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) earned a minor victory Thursday after reporting smaller-than-expected losses in its most recent fiscal quarter, despite the company’s struggles to adapt to major shifts in the retail industry.