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  • BERLIN, March 19- German discounter Aldi, which has long avoided online sales as not profitable enough, is planning to trial ecommerce in Britain and possibly other countries too, including its home market, a trade journal reported on Thursday. Germany's Lebensmittel Zeitung cited unnamed sources as saying Aldi was preparing to launch an online store in...

  • Aldi to test ecommerce in Britain, other markets - report Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 12:43 PM ET

    *Aldi North mulls online sales in Spain, Portugal- report. Germany's Lebensmittel Zeitung cited unnamed sources as saying Aldi was preparing to launch an online store in Britain, where grocery ecommerce is more advanced than elsewhere in Europe, already accounting for about 5 percent of sales. Online grocery sales will roughly double from 2012 to 2016 in five...

  • TOKYO, March 19- Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc is buying U.S. eBook company OverDrive Inc for about $410 million, deepening its push into the U.S. market and into the "sharing economy." Rakuten's announcement on Thursday about the OverDrive deal comes a week after it led a $530 million funding round for U.S ride-sharing service Lyft, signaling Rakuten's...

  • March 18- Apparel retailer Guess Inc's quarterly profit beat market estimates as the company's expenses declined and online business grew. The company's e-commerce sales jumped 37 percent to a record $80 million in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, underscoring a growing customer preference for shopping online. Selling, general and administrative expenses...

  • Target latest pitch ... generous 1- year return policy Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:29 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Target will allow returns for up to a year for the store's private and exclusive brands as it seeks an advantage over rivals, both traditional and online. At Wal-Mart, most items bought in a store can be returned within 90 days of purchase. Best Buy allows returns on almost everything within 15 days for a full refund or exchange.

  • $800 for Lululemon shorts? The yoga black market Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 5:24 PM ET
    Lululemon athletica host complimentary yoga classes.

    It's not often that the price of a pair of running shorts costs more than a yearlong gym membership.

  • Pirate Joe's buys at Trader Joe's, sells in Canada Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 1:44 PM ET
    Pirate Joe's

    Pirate Joe's, which sells Trader Joe's brand goods in Vancouver, is planning to add a second store and an online storefront.

  • Snapdeal drums up custom in Slumdog's Dharavi Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 9:10 AM ET

    *Snapdeal is India's second-largest online shopping market. The company's aspirations are backed up by serious investment from the likes of Japan's Softbank Corp, which ploughed $627 million into Snapdeal last October, and could soon get a boost from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, which is in talks for another cash investment, a source told Reuters...

  • *Amazon seen eventually launching "Fresh" in Germany. COLOGNE, Germany, March 12- Germany's second-biggest supermarket group REWE is investing heavily in grocery ecommerce even though it does not expect to turn a profit soon, as it braces for Amazon to expand its food delivery service. The online customer is our opportunity to become the number one in Germany.

  • March 12- Ride-sharing service Lyft said it raised an additional $530 million in a funding round led by Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc, giving the Uber rival a valuation of $2.5 billion and adding momentum to its expansion plans. Rakuten said it is investing $300 million for an 11.9 percent stake in San Francisco- based Lyft- its first investment in a...

  • Amazon opens store on rival Alibaba’s site Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 12:32 AM ET
    Jeff Bezos introducing Fire Phone

    Amazon opened a store on Alibaba's business-to-consumer platform Tmall Thursday in a move that analysts say will boost awareness of its brand in China.

  • Wayfair CEO: Marketing investment working   Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 8:35 AM ET
    Wayfair CEO: Marketing investment working

    Niraj Shah, Wayfair CEO, discusses his company's earnings beat, IPO, and making money in e-commerce. And Bill George, Harvard business professor, weighs in.

  • Investors calling bottom in Alibaba Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Jack Ma

    A measure of buying interest, which has called the bottom in three stocks so far this year, is signaling the bottom may be in on Alibaba.

  • Kate Middleton's hairbrush killing it on Tmall Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 5:44 PM ET

    Tangle Teezer, a London-based maker of hair brushes reportedly used by Kate Middleton, is among the top selling British brands on Alibaba's Tmall.

  • Who needs the Web? Two retailers defy the trend Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 1:36 PM ET
    Pedestrians pass in front of a Ross Stores location in San Francisco.

    TJX and Ross are growing sales faster than the overall industry, with limited or no online revenue.

  • HANGZHOU, China, March 4- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant's first outside of China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff and entrenched competition. Alibaba's Aliyun cloud division intends the new data center to cater initially to Chinese companies with...

  • Katy Perry is finally cashing in on #LeftShark Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 2:37 PM ET
    Recording artist Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

    For under $130, you, too, can be the #LeftShark, Katy Perry says.

  • TAIPEI, March 3- Taiwan has ordered Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to withdraw from the island within six months because the online retailer had violated investment rules required for a Chinese company, an economics ministry official said on Monday. Alibaba has been fined T $120,000 and must withdraw or transfer its holdings from its operation in Taiwan, Emile M.P....

  • TAIPEI, March 3- Taiwan has ordered Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to withdraw from the country within six months because the online retailer had violated investment rules required for a Chinese company, an economics ministry official said on Monday. Alibaba has been fined T $120,000 and must withdraw or transfer its holdings from its operation in Taiwan, Emile M.P....

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 2- Less than three months after U.S. and Cuban officials agreed to restore diplomatic ties, Amazon.com Inc appears to be laying the groundwork to ship packages to Cuba. A "ship to Cuba" button was seen on Monday on Amazon's website by Reuters correspondents in Havana. It is unclear how quickly Amazon, the largest U.S. online retailer, could start...