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Shoppers pay for items at a Macy's Inc. store in New York.

In line with one widely watched holiday hiring forecast, Macy’s said Monday that it will hold its seasonal hiring to last year’s levels. Last week, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said it expects retailers to add roughly 755,000 seasonal hires to their payrolls in the final three months of the year. That level would …

Under Armour’s game plan

Under Armour outlined an ambitious strategy to catch up to market leader Nike.

Irish invade retail landscape

Apparel retailers are preparing for the newest threat as Ireland-based Primark opens its first U.S. store in Boston.

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Shoppers at a Toys R Us store in Arapahoe County, Colorado.

Holiday shopping gets more cutthroat every year, and the battle lines are already forming. While a number of retailers have discussed pulling back on promotional offers in recent earnings conference calls to restore brand power and pricing, it seems no strategy is bulletproof. The holiday rush has already started. Wal-Mart began its holiday layaway program …

A worker at apparel distributor Beverly Rose searches through inventory to fill an order at the firm's warehouse in Miami.
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The unemployment rate continued its descent in August, falling to its lowest level since April 2008. But while the steadily improving jobs picture is no doubt a boon for consumers’ bank accounts—and, as a result, retail sales—labor experts warn that a tightening job market may add a new wrinkle to retailers’ holiday hiring plans. As …

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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 …


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.


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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Jeff Bezos

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 …