Five At Five: Apple Slumps In China

Welcome to Five at Five, your late look at the day’s payments and commerce news. Today’s coverage includes a new smartphone forecast and Alexa’s ambition to become a nurse. American Express has a new dispute partnership, retail sales are sluggish and the curtain is closing on Sears.

Apple iPhone Demand Slumping in China; Could Hurt Results

According to Goldman Sachs Analyst Rod Hall, the smartphone market in China has shown some improvement during the second quarter. Still, his forecast for third-quarter sales at Apple predicts a decline of 15 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Amazon Files Patent to Enable Alexa to Detect Illness Via Voice

The company recently filed a patent in which Alexa can determine different things about a person based on their voice.

American Express, Ethoca Team to Solve Disputes Between Merchants, Cardholders

The companies said the partnership is aimed at helping American Express merchants and cardmembers in the U.S. to more quickly resolve disputes related to card purchases.

Retail Sales Reach $509B in September

Falling short of economists’ expectations, retail store and restaurant sales grew by only 0.1 percent from August to September to reach a seasonally adjusted figure of $509 billion.

Sears Files for Bankruptcy; to Close 142 Stores

Sears listed $6.9 billion in assets and $11.3 billion in liabilities. The bankruptcy filing is the culmination of years of effort on the part of Sears and CEO Eddie Lampert to turn the company around.