Retail

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California-based American Apparel is ready to clean up its image.

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Adobe’s Digital Index found that online sales hit a record $83 billion in November and December, easily beating the firm’s expectations.

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Wal-Mart will close 269 stores across the globe, 154 of which are in the U.S.

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Wal-Mart shares are doing something pretty unusual this year: They’re rising.

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Macy’s announced Wednesday it will cut thousands of jobs as part of its restructuring plan.

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Off-price stores, whose sales growth has outpaced others in the industry over the past several years, have long struggled to overcome the very thing that’s made them popular with consumers: The art of the treasure hunt.

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Have someone on your Christmas list who’s never happy with their gift? Be careful where you shop. According to Optoro, a reverse logistics company, roughly a quarter of retail returns take place during the holiday season — meaning an ill-advised purchase can turn from bad to worthless if it’s bought at a store with a …

December retail sales fall

Roughly a quarter of retail returns take place during the holiday season — meaning an ill-advised purchase can turn from bad to worthless if it’s bought at a store with a strict return policy.

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Shoppers load items into carts at a Target store in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Even as retailers become more aggressive with their shipping guarantees, time is running out for online shoppers.

Retail’s warm weather problem

Courtney Reagan reports on how warmer than usual weather on the east coast is affecting retailers.

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For retailers, persuading consumers to download and use their mobile apps is the holy grail of online shopping.

Wal-Mart entering mobile payments

The world’s largest retailer is introducing its own mobile wallet.

Amazon’s new fleet

Amazon is buying thousands of trucks and taking on some of the biggest names in transportation to get your packages to your doorstep fast.

A market for Christmas trees

Courtney Reagan reports from a Christmas tree farm in Jefferson, North Carolina.

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Shoppers at a Target store in Chicago.

Bummed you missed out on all those Black Friday doorbusters? Don’t fret — this may actually be the ideal weekend to shop. Many Americans, having run through their paychecks over the weekend, are now taking a breather from holiday spending — meaning fewer crowds at the registers. Meanwhile, stores have restocked their shelves with many …