Retail

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A customer carries a Tiffany & Co. shopping bag outside the company's flagship store in New York.

Reading the tea leaves on today’s consumers can be a challenge when they’re saying such different things. On one hand, the nation’s unemployment rate is ticking lower, gas prices are on the decline and the stock market is hitting record highs. On the other hand, much of the country is struggling to shake off the …

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Shoppers purchase TVs at a Target store during the Black Friday weekend in Chicago, Nov. 28, 2013.

Sad but true: Black Friday isn’t the be-all-end-all sale marketers make it out to be. Shoppers might have already missed some of the season’s best sales. The Sunday and Monday before Thanksgiving offer bigger price cuts than Black Friday, according to a study from Adobe Systems. Not all is lost, however—the day before Thanksgiving is …

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Big box retailers are often criticized for carrying the same old product across the same old stores. According to a new report from digital think tank L2, that conventional thinking appears to have crossed over into the digital world. After evaluating 64 big box stores on four categories—website and e-commerce, digital marketing, mobile and social …

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Black Friday is an event that has spawned all sorts of retail spin-offs. First came Cyber Monday, a second bite at the apple from online retailers. Then there was the slow creep into Thanksgiving Day. Two years ago Bitcoin Black Friday made its debut, and it’s a holiday tradition that’s quickly gaining ground. Bitcoin Black …

Holiday economic forecast

Steve Liesman tells us the forecast for how much consumers will spend this holiday season and what that says about the U.S. economy.

Best Buy’s profit nearly doubles

Best Buy posted unexpectedly strong earnings last quarter, but the chain still faces challenges ahead of the holiday shopping season.

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A worker prepares packages for delivery at an Amazon.com warehouse in Brieselang, Germany.

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 Amazon.com, several customers used the program to buy $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for under $100 using …

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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 …