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  • Aug 5- Office Depot Inc warned of weak sales this year as stiff competition from online and mass retailers erodes sales in its North American retail business. Office Depot and Staples Inc have seen their U.S. sales decline as online retailers such as Amazon.com and mass retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc attract shoppers with lower-priced offerings.

  • *Game Digital re-emerges after old firm nearly went bust. Although overall growth trends still firmly favor online shopping, higher share prices flag investor faith in chains such as UK video-game retailer Game Digital, electrical-appliance group Dixons, and Swiss Mobilezone.

  • Alibaba invests $120 mln in Kabam in latest U.S. deal Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 31- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has invested $120 million in San Francisco- based mobile games studio Kabam, the latest in a string of U.S. investments intended to build up the Chinese online retailer's presence in the world's biggest Internet arena.

  • Say hello to the future mall: It's nothing like today Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Bricks-and-mortar locations need to undergo a complete makeover to stay relevant 25 years down the line, experts said.

  • Facebook says goodbye to Gifts service Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    Facebook is killing off the Gifts remainder that allowed people to order digital gift cards through the site. Re/Code reports.

  • Africa e-commerce firm expands to new markets Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    *Jumia adding retail sites for Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon. BERLIN, July 28- Online retailer Jumia, a would-be African Amazon set up by German venture capital firm Rocket Internet, is expanding into three new markets- Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon, the company said on Monday.

  • Alibaba’s US spending opens doors for start-ups Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 AM ET
    Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

    Chinese companies have been pouring money into Silicon Valley, joining a parade of financiers seeking to participate in the latest boom.

  • Amazon drops 7% after wider-than-expected loss Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:50 PM ET
    Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's smartphone, the Fire Phone, in Seattle.

    Amazon.com posted a loss that was wider than Wall Street expectations Thursday, sending shares lower in extended-hours trading.

  • Amazon's future is tied to Prime, say analysts Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:15 AM ET
    Amazon.com logos are displayed on computer screens in Washington.

    While investors will be focused on Amazon's giant e-commerce business when it reports earnings Thursday, its future is tied to Prime.

  • How Amazon stock has been outperforming rivals Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 1:52 PM ET
    Amazon Fresh trucks at a warehouse in Inglewood, Calif.

    Even with this week's weakness, Amazon.com stock has been outperforming rival retailers though it will likely face a fairly volatile trading day after it reports.

  • Facebook and Twitter head into retail terrain Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    Facebook and Twitter face different growth scenarios, but both are now focusing their gaze on the same market: Retail.

  • Amazon quietly releases mobile payments app Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    With no fanfare, Amazon has released its own mobile payments app, called Amazon Wallet.

  • Alibaba now eyes September for U.S. mega-IPO -source Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 17- Alibaba Group Holding Inc has pushed its highly anticipated IPO until after the September Labor Day holiday, a source with knowledge of the matter said, as the Chinese online retail company works through the complex process of launching what could the largest-ever U.S. tech debut.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 16- EBay Inc posted a 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Wednesday, as better-than-expected results from its fast-growing PayPal division helped the online retailer overcome increasing competition from Amazon.com Inc and a well-publicized cyber attack.

  • Visa launches Checkout, a rival to PayPal Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:34 PM ET

    Visa Checkout is the latest effort to make the company relevant in a world of digital payments, reports Re/code.

  • Ebay results mixed, guidance light; shares higher Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    Ebay earnings beat by a penny while revenue missed expectations. Shares rose after initially fluctuating in extended hours trading.

  • Amazon plans unlimited e-book offering: Report Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:43 AM ET
    The Amazon.com homepage and Amazon Kindle logo

    Amazon is working on a subscription that would offer unlimited access to e-books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month, according to a report in Gigaom.

  • Christie's record first half helped by online sales Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    Auction giant Christie's reported a record first half, with art sales jumping 12 percent to $4.5 billion.

  • Why Gen Z may mean trouble for retailers Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 AM ET
    Asya Gonzalez started her online fashion business, Stinky Feet Gurlz, at age 13. Now 17, her business averages $1,000 to $2,000 a month in sales.

    Gen Z's entrepreneurial spirit and digital savvy may cause problems for retailers who stick to business as usual.

  • EBay out to stop slide after challenging quarter Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    EBay headquarters in San Jose, Calif.

    The recent rally in tech stocks has lacked one notable Internet name: eBay.