Retail

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Kate Spade Lodero sneaker

With a name like “fashion footwear,” one would assume that high heels, sandals and espadrilles would always be in style. But as shoppers became more interested in finding the perfect pair of sneakers to go with their yoga pants, that didn’t exactly prove to be the case. Now, things are slowly starting to change. While …

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A Sephora store inside a J.C. Penney

From the Internet superhighway to the luxury shopping streets, and from low-price drug stores to airport travel shops, it’s never been easier for consumers to snatch up beauty products on the go. But while such an array of choice is good news for shoppers, the outcome hasn’t been as positive for department stores, which used …

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Wal-Mart beat revenue estimates but missed on earnings, in a report that sent shares sliding and led to fresh questions about the company’s wage boosts.

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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte drinkers will have to wait longer this year to get their first sip of the popular drink.

Denim: back from the dead?

A denim comeback could save retailers.

Retail’s real challenge

If consumers aren’t buying as much at department stores, what are they buying? Courtney Reagan looks for answers.

Retail earnings previews

Here’s what to expect from retailers when they start reporting this week.

J.C. Penney gets a new CEO

Courtney Reagan takes a look at what J.C. Penney’s new CEO is inheriting.

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Customers get hands on with a laptop computer at a Best Buy in Los Angeles.

The second-biggest shopping event of the year is shaping up to be not much of an event at all. As consumers increasingly stock up on back-to-school essentials throughout the year, and simultaneously shift their view as to what constitutes a school item in the first place, a new study has found that parents of children …

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Amazon shares spiked in early trading Friday after the online retailer blew past quarterly earnings and revenue estimates, boosted by growth in the North American market and cloud computing segment. Shares rose 20 percent, giving the retailer a larger market capitalization than bricks-and-mortar behemoth Wal-Mart. The surge also generated a huge windfall for CEO Jeff …

Sizing up Amazon’s Prime Day

All of the deep discounting that retailers are offering could turn into a big financial headache.

Let the irrational buying begin. July 15 marks Amazon’s inaugural one-day shopping event, “Prime Day,” which the tech giant says will have “more deals than Black Friday.” The event is intended to give Prime members—those who pay $99 per year for faster shipping on a variety of products—access to exclusive deals on everything from electronics …

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When Amazon announced some of the deals that would be offered starting at midnight Wednesday—from $75 TVs to half-off cameras—Amazon Prime members set their alarms for the price savings. But by the morning many were wondering why they even bothered. Customers took to Twitter to voice their disappointment with the slow-loading website featuring deals they …

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An employee stacks items to be shipped at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Phoenix, Arizona.

As Amazon celebrated its 20th birthday Wednesday with a day of deals, it’s worth noting that the online behemoth is often seen as catering to all shoppers—especially those looking for competitive prices and convenient shipping. But one research group says disproportionately large number of Amazon’s U.S. shoppers aren’t those whom you would typically think of …

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When retailers come out with promotional guns blazing, it’s often an indication that they need to rely on gimmicks to lure shoppers away from the competition. So when news of Amazon‘s Prime Day—a 20th anniversary event that promises to offer more deals than Black Friday—hit just weeks after Wal-Mart announced a forthcoming subscription service, many assumed …