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  • But in 2006, the Bentonville, Arkansas- based discounter, threw in the towel in Germany, announcing it would sell its 85 stores to Metro Group, a German retailer. BEST BUY: In January 2013, the consumer electronics chain said it would close 15 of its stores in Canada and cut about 5 percent of its workforce in the country as it tries to revamp its strategy there.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 2- Shake Shack Inc's filing this week for an initial public offering underscores a question for investors and foodies alike: How hungry are U.S. consumers for another burger chain? A key part of Shake Shack's growth strategy involves expanding its locations beyond its New York base, and investors and analysts are bullish on its prospects.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11- Amazon.com Inc is considering expanding its same-day delivery program globally, recent job listings show, underlining the importance of fast shipping to its ability to compete with the instant gratification offered by brick-and-mortar stores. It is not clear when Amazon hopes to meet its goals and how it would extend same-day delivery...

  • Dec 4- Canadian discount chain Dollarama Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong Halloween sales and higher spending at established stores. Dollarama, which has 928 stores as of Nov. 2, said it opened 11 new stores in the quarter and was on track to open 70 to 80 new stores in fiscal 2015 ending January. Dollarama earned 55 Canadian...

  • Retail consultancy Verdict predicts the global sector should return to growth in 2014 and expand by 22 percent to about $450 billion by 2019. The recovery will be driven by expansion in emerging markets, with China set to account for 30 percent of total spend five years from now. Pioneered in France, Britain and the United States from around the 1840 s by...

  • Jean Coutu's sales rise 3 pct Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 7:20 AM ET

    Oct 8- Canadian pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group Inc reported higher quarterly sales, helped by demand for generic drugs and the expansion of its network of franchised stores. Net profit fell to C $53.6 million, or 28 Canadian cents per share, in the quarter ended Aug. 30, from C $208.2 million, or 99 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier. The company had reported a gain...

  • Sept 5- Starbucks Corp on Friday announced two new types of stores aimed at capturing the growing demand for upscale reserve coffee and a separate test of an "express" store in Manhattan offering speedy service in a city where a " New York minute" is more like a nanosecond.