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Panera founder to step down as CEO; company buys Au Bon Pain

NEW YORK — Panera Bread said founder Ron Shaich is stepping down as CEO and the company will buy Au Bon Pain — bringing together two chains Shaich helped build. The companies did not disclose on [Read entire story]

Amazon will drop off your packages inside your house

Don’t want Amazon boxes sitting on the porch? The company hopes you’ll let a stranger inside to drop them off. Amazon said Wednesday that it will begin offering a service called Amazon Key next month [Read entire story]

Stitch Fix, an online styling service, files to go public

Stitch Fix, a San Francisco online clothing styling service, has filed to go public. The company is one of several that ship shoppers clothing to try on at home before they buy. With Stitch Fix, [Read entire story]

Want to try before you buy? These online retailers let you

Amazon is set to start a service that lets customers order clothes, try them on at home and pay only for what they keep. It sounds novel, but Amazon is actually late to the party. Several online startups have offered [Read entire story]

Walmart’s online sales soar as it seeks to catch Amazon

Walmart’s recent spending spree to try to catch up to Amazon seems to be paying off. The world’s largest retailer said Thursday that online sales soared 60 percent in the past three months as people [Read entire story]

Women CEOs earned more last year, but there were few of them

Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there are still very few of them running the world’s largest companies. The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an [Read entire story]

Fidget spinner is hit toy that spun out of nowhere

The mania for fidget spinners — the 3-inch twirling gadgets taking over classrooms and cubicles — is unlike many other toy crazes. Fidget spinners have been around for years, mostly used by kids with autism or [Read entire story]