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Major Retailer CEO: $2.4 Billion Loss 'Unacceptable'

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AND MAE ANDERSON | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Sears said Thursday that it's unloading some of its profit-busting stores, but the retailer fell short of revealing how it plans to w...

One Walmart Store May Pay Big For Workplace Safety Violations

AP | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The U.S. Labor Department has recommended fining Wal-Mart Stores Inc. $365,500 after inspectors say they found 24 workplace safety ...

Number Of Job Openings Hits Highest Level In Years

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 04.08.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — The number of available jobs in the United States jumped in December to near a three-year high, supporting other data that show a b...

10 Retailers With The Most Sales Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business

Regardless of the number of mom and pops around the world, a small number of retailers continue to dominate the industry as a whole. Of the top 25...

U.S. Service Sector Gaining Steam

AP | By DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 02.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- U.S. service companies grew at the fastest pace in 11 months in January as companies started hiring to keep up with rising demand. The ...

Walmart Taps First Woman, African-American To Head One Of Its Businesses

AP | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's biggest retailer, said Friday that it has named Rosalind Brewer as CEO of Sam's Club &ndas...

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Warehouse Woes: Workers Say They're Losing Jobs For Speaking Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

Nearly a hundred warehouse workers in California who spoke up about alleged wage violations and unsafe working conditions fear they now may lose their...

Discounts Lured Shoppers This Holiday Season, But Crimped Retailers' Profits

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 03.06.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — The 2011 holiday shopping season will go down in the record books as the year the Grinch stole stores' profits. Many retailers sacri...

Tis' The Season To Steal: Shoplifters Will Swipe $1.84 Billion Before Christmas

AP | SARAH SKIDMORE | Posted 02.22.2012 | Crime

More than spirits are being lifted this holiday season. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas this year, an estimated $1.8 billion in merchan...

Which Big-Box Retailers Are the Greenest?

Gay Browne | Posted 02.14.2012 | Green
Gay Browne

For the fourth straight year the greenest overall retailer in Greenopia's Environmental Retailer Guide was Ikea. The Swedish retail giant is a paragon of what a brand can do when it sets its mind to be greener.

Holiday Shopping Boosted Retail Sales Last Month In Sixth Straight Rise

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 02.12.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — The start of the crucial holiday shopping season in November helped fuel the sixth straight monthly increase in retail sales. Gift-...

Poor Looking For Bargains, Rich Opting For Luxury As Christmas Nears

Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

Adriana Garcia won't be buying her family Christmas gifts this year. The 26-year-old from Huntington Park, California lost her job as a teacher...

Many Consumers Say They're Already Done With Holiday Shopping

Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

More than a third of U.S. shoppers are already done with most of their holiday shopping, a survey showed on Monday, signaling that retailers need ...

Stocks Surge On Record Black Friday Numbers

AP | FRANCESCA LEVY | Posted 01.28.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — A weekend of strong holiday shopping in the U.S. and radical proposals for stanching Europe's debt crisis sent stocks soaring Monday....

Stores Aim To Continue Shopping Momentum After Black Friday

Posted 11.27.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Phil Wahba and Jessica Wohl) - U.S. retailers moved from the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season to the next phase on Saturday...

Cash-Strapped Americans Largely Swallow Price Hikes During Holidays

AP | By CHRISTINA REXRODE | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The way Americans are chomping Big Macs, lacing up pricey sneakers and gulping peppermint mochas in this economy, you'd think they're taki...

Black Friday Draws Crowds, But Spending In Doubt

Posted 11.26.2011 | Business

JESSICA WOHL, (Reuters) - Retailers were hoping for more shoppers like Shawn Elzia as the annual Black Friday bargain stampede marked the unoffici...

Black Friday 2011 Shoppers Share Their Experiences [SLIDESHOW]

Posted 11.25.2011 | Business

With deals on everything from big screen televisions to scarves, Black Friday offers the opportunity for shoppers to splurge on discounted items. G...

Shoppers Answer Stores' Call, Showing Up Early For Black Friday Deals

AP | MAE ANDERSON AND ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 01.24.2012 | Business

A shopper in Los Angeles pepper-sprayed her competition for an Xbox and scuffles broke out elsewhere around the U.S. as bargain-hunters crowded stores...

The Nuts And Bolts Of Black Friday

AP | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 11.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- Ready. Set. Shop. The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, kicks off the holiday shopping season. Each year, retailers open their doo...

LIVE UPDATES: Retailers Use Early Openings, Deals To Lure Black Friday Shoppers

Posted 11.25.2011 | Business

Black Friday: It's one of the biggest shopping days of the year -- famous for long lines, huge deals and shopper stampedes. And this year, even in a d...

The Best Black Friday Deals In The Country

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business

With the budgets of so many stretched thin this holiday season, retailers are doing all they can to make sure there's a Black Friday deal for everyone...

USDA Targets Small Stores Allegedly Profiting Illegally Off Food Stamps

AP | By LAURA CRIMALDI | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A criminal swindle of the nation's $64.7 billion food stamp program is playing out at small neighborhood stores around the country...

Walmart's Gain Indicate U.S. Economy May Be Headed For Rebound

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart got an early Christmas gift: Its strategy of offering the lowest prices and shoppers' favorite goods is starting to bear fru...

More Former Apple Execs Moving To J.C. Penney

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 01.14.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — J.C. Penney Co.'s new CEO, former Apple executive Ron Johnson, told analysts Monday that the department store chain is rethinking ev...