Reporter | Retail merchandise

Kavita Kumar writes about the economy, technology, and financial services for the Star Tribune. She previously covered retail, including Target, Best Buy, and Mall of America. She was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at Columbia University from 2018-2019 and has also worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Minnesota's exports fell 14% in third quarter, according to DEED report

The state's exports decline was slightly worse than the U.S. as a whole in the period.


New jobless claims in Minnesota spike amid renewed restrictions

The last two weeks of November saw 50,000 new or reactivated claims, the most since June, as restaurants and other businesses had to curtail indoor service.


Kashkari calls Yellen an 'inspired' pick for Treasury, urges more economic aid from Washington now

Federal Reserve Bank's Minneapolis leader has been taking bolder stances in the year of the pandemic.


40 more COVID-19 deaths, 7,219 new cases in Minnesota

Newly confirmed deaths included 22 in congregate care settings.


Minnesota retailers prepare for Black Friday with a bit of gray

Stores have spread out their holiday discounts to reduce crowds.


Minnesota prepares for more jobless claims as new restrictions go into place

Unemployment fell to 4.6% in October, but new pandemic restrictions likely to raise rate.


Judge allows Bremer trustees to keep jobs, but with limits

Until a final hearing, likely next year, a judge added safeguards to protect the trust's assets.


The last of its kind, the Minneapolis Grain Exchange is being sold

New owner plans to keep downtown location and red spring wheat contract.


In 'COVID paradox,' some employers with jobs to fill can't find workers

Economics textbooks say employers should find it easier to hire workers in a downturn. But for Minnesota businesses, that's not the case this time.


TCF's chief executive retires as bank wraps up its merger, move to Detroit

Craig Dahl says integration strategy with Detroit-based Chemical Bank is in good hands.