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Talk about a limited-time offer. To kick off its Black Friday specials, Amazon on Thursday announced that it will start posting deal codes to disappearing messaging app Snapchat, which can then be redeemed during checkout on its site. Also Thursday, the online retailer said that its Instagram is now shoppable—a move that competitors Target and …

Target posts earnings beat

Courtney Reagan sits down with Target’s new CEO to discuss last quarter’s encouraging earnings and the all-important holiday shopping season.

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A customer purchasing a Sony Playstation 4.

Consumers’ misuse of Wal-Mart‘s price-match program isn’t limited to the PlayStation 4. But shoppers may find it’s no longer so easy to replicate the feat. After Wal-Mart announced Nov. 13 that it would price match select online retailers, including, several customers used the program to buy $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for under $100 using …


Home Depot reported adjusted earnings that missed estimates by a penny a share on Thursday, and said it was still trying to determine the total cost of a recent consumer data breach. Shares for the company fell in premarket trading immediately following the announcement. (Get the latest quote on Home Depot here.) Earnings for America’s …

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A customer checks out at Best Buy ahead of Black Friday in Peoria, Illinois, last year.

Are you hoping to sleep in after a big Thanksgiving meal, but worried about missing out on bargains? No need. A study released Tuesday morning by NerdWallet finds that a number of the deals being offered for Black Friday are no better than what was offered last holiday season, or even a week or two …

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Shoppers during a winter storm in New York

If that chill in the air has you reaching for your scarf and gloves, retailers have you right where they want you. Following the fourth-warmest October on record for the U.S., the first winter storm of the season unleashed itself on much of the country this week, with the arctic air expected to continue through …

Wal-Mart lifts Dow

Shares of Wal-Mart shot up after the retailer posted earnings that topped forecasts.

Macy’s posts mixed results

Macy’s posted mixed quarterly results, but investors bought up shares of the world’s largest department store anyway. What did investors see behind those numbers?

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Shoppers consider televisions at the Walmart in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles on Black Friday, November 29, 2013.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday just weren’t enough. With a string of retailers pushing their sales ever earlier on Thanksgiving Day, Wal-Mart is shifting gears this year by extending its Black Friday discounts through the entire weekend. Still, that’s not to say the retailer will miss out on the Thanksgiving buzz. Wal-Mart will once again kick …

Retailers gear up for the holidays

Big brick-and-mortar retailers prepare to post earnings as they gear up for the busiest shopping season on the year. Courtney Reagan tells us what to expect.


Alibaba’s sales for Singles’ Day, China’s equivalent of Cyber Monday, passed the $9 billion mark late Tuesday, topping last year’s record of around $5.9 billion. The total, measured as gross merchandise volume, was announced via Alibaba’s Twitter account, using the hashtag #1111sale. It said that 42.6 percent of sales were generated via mobile. Read …

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The 2013 holiday shopping season was largely defined by its price wars. And while those are sure to continue this year, another type of battle is already starting to take shape: Shipping wars. Despite a slew of late deliveries last holiday—the result of last-minute delivery promises and a series of snowstorms—retailers are looking to get …

Are shippers ready for the holidays?

With the holidays around the corner, shippers are expecting a record season, but are they prepared for the rush?

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If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck online this holiday, it’ll require some unconventional thinking. While Cyber Monday is often touted as the best day to browse the web for discounts, new research from Adobe found that in reality, Thanksgiving is the best day for online deals, offering consumers an average …

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Amazon has introduced a new benefit for its Prime membership package: Prime Photos. This service provides free unlimited photo storage in the Amazon Cloud. Prime Photos accepts uploads from iOS and Android devices, Fire tablets and Fire phones, as well as Mac and Windows computers. Amazon boasts secure access to photo collections at any time …