Merchandise for Major League Baseball’s surprise playoff teams, including traditional losers such as the Phillies, the Cubs and the Indians, is flying off shelves so fast, retailers are struggling to keep up. The confluence of big markets, rabid fan bases and potential storybook endings is pushing memorabilia sales. It could get bigger if one of the Cinderella teams wins the World Series.
Pennsylvania employees of the world’s largest retailer who previously won a $78.5 million class-action award against Wal-Mart (WMT) for working off the clock will share an additional $62.3 million in damages, a judge ruled Wednesday. About 125,000 people will receive $500 each in damages under a state law that bars companies from withholding pay for more than 30 days.