Retail Roundup—Amazon's BTS sales jump 35%; CVS traffic down, sales up

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Amazon's back-to-school sales were up 35% in early July.

Amazon's BTS sales jump 35% 

Sales of back-to-school items on Amazon were up 35% in the first two weeks of the shopping season. Sales of laptops on the marketplace have already reached $25 million and youth apparel is up 61% from the same two weeks in 2016. (PR Newswire)

CVS sales up, traffic down

Pharmacy sales gave CVS a 4.5% sales boost in the second quarter. However, a decline in store customers, along with an increase in generic drugs and a drop in healthcare reimbursements offset some of the gains. The company is looking to increase its healthy food offerings to lure more customers into stores. (USA Today)

FedEx not charging extra for holidays 

FedEx announced that it will not charge customers extra for most packages delivered to homes during the peak holiday shopping season. The idea is to pick up business from rival UPS, which plans to add a more widespread increase in delivery charges for the season. (Reuters)

VR and AR spending to double by 2021 

Spending on virtual and augmented reality is expected to double every year through 2021, with a compound annual growth rate over 113%. Consumer sales for headsets and games are currently the top driver of all spending, followed by sales in the manufacturing and retail sectors. (CNET)