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  • TORONTO, Jan 15- Target Corp will exit the Canadian market after less than two years in a surprise retreat that will throw more than 17,000 employees out of work and trigger a $5.4 billion quarterly loss. Minneapolis- based Target, the No. 2 discount chain in the United States, has struggled in Canada since its March 2013 launch. Stores checked by Reuters in Vancouver,...

  • UPDATE 3-In surprise move, Target to pull out of Canada Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    TORONTO, Jan 15- Target Corp will abandon its ill-fated expansion into Canada less than two years after launch, the U.S. discount retailer said on Thursday, in a surprise retreat that will put more than 17,000 employees out of work and cost it billions. Minneapolis- based Target, the No. 2 discount chain in the United States, has struggled in Canada since its 2013...

  • UPDATE 2-In surprise move, Target to pull out of Canada Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    TORONTO, Jan 15- Target Corp will abandon its ill-fated expansion into Canada less than two years after its launch, the U.S. discount retailer said on Thursday in a surprise full retreat that will put more than 17,000 employees out of work and cost the company billions in writedowns. Target's shares rose 3 percent in midmorning trading after the company said it...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- Some 20 state attorneys general have joined the federal antitrust investigation of competing bids by Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree Inc to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc, a development that potentially complicates the companies' efforts to win U.S. approval for a deal. Family Dollar, the No. 2 U.S. discount retailer, had previously disclosed...

  • LONDON, Jan 8- Marks& Spencer missed Christmas sales forecasts, hit by delivery problems at its online business and raising fresh questions about chief executive Marc Bolland's turnaround strategy for Britain's biggest clothing retailer. The 131- year-old mainstay of Britain's shopping streets said on Wednesday same-store sales of general merchandise,...

  • LONDON, Jan 8- Marks& Spencer posted a worse than expected 5.8 percent drop in underlying sales of clothing, gifts and homeware in its Christmas quarter, exacerbated by online delivery problems. The performance was a fourteenth consecutive quarterly decline in general merchandise sales for the British retailer, far underperforming analyst expectations for...

  • Family Dollar, the second largest U.S. discount retailer, said it adjourned the meeting as there were not enough votes to adopt the Dollar Tree agreement. Family Dollar agreed to be acquired by Dollar Tree for $8.5 billion in cash and stock after twice rejecting higher all-cash bids from bigger rival Dollar General Corp, citing antitrust concerns.

  • Dollar General trims sales guidance Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 12:43 PM ET
    A customer walks into a Dollar General store near Montpelier, Vermont.

    Dollar General reined in its full-year sales forecast and said it remained committed to buying Family Dollar Stores.

  • Dec 4- Dollar General Corp reined in its full-year sales forecast on Thursday and said it remained committed to buying Family Dollar Stores Inc, which would solidify its place as the No. 1 U.S. discount retailer. Dollar General will lose its top position if it fails to upend a merger agreement between Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Inc.. Dollar General took its $80-...

  • 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...

  • Dec 4- Dollar General Corp reined in its full-year sales forecast and said it remained committed to buying Family Dollar Stores Inc, a deal that would allow it to keep its position as the No. 1 U.S. discount retailer. Dollar General will lose its top position if it fails to upend a merger agreement between Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Inc.. Dollar General took its $80...

  • Dec 4- Canadian discount chain Dollarama Inc reported a 18.4 percent rise in third-quarter profit, helped by strong Halloween sales and store openings. Net income rose to C $73 million, or 55 Canadian cents per share, in the quarter ended Nov. 2 from C $61.7 million, or 43 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier. The Montreal- based company's revenue rose 12.4 percent...

  • Dec 4- Dollar General Corp reported a 7.8 percent rise in quarterly sales and said it remained committed to buying Family Dollar Stores Inc, which has already agreed to be acquired by Dollar Tree Inc.. Dollar Tree will unseat Dollar General as the No. 1 U.S. deep-discount retailer if it closes the deal with Family Dollar. Dollar General's net income slipped to...

  • Nov 20- Discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc said it was confident it would need to divest fewer stores than anticipated to win antitrust approval to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc.. Dollar Tree's shares rose as much as 7 percent to a record high of $67.08 on Thursday. Dollar Tree will become the largest U.S. dollar store chain if it pulls off the deal by fending off a...

  • Dollar Tree posts best sales growth since 2011 Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:12 AM ET
    A Dollar Tree store, July 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

    Discount retailer Dollar Tree raised its sales outlook for the year after recording its strongest growth in quarterly same-store sales since 2011.

  • Nov 20- Discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc raised its sales outlook for the year after recording its strongest growth in quarterly same-store sales since 2011.. Dollar Tree, which like other discounters is facing competition from small-format stores opened by big retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc, will become the largest dollar store chain if it pulls off...

  • Nov 20- Discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc reported its strongest growth in quarterly same-store sales since 2011.. Dollar Tree's net income rose 6 percent to $133 million, or 64 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Nov. 1. Dollar Tree has agreed to buy Family Dollar Inc but the deal is facing a challenge from Dollar General Corp, the No. 1 U.S. discount chain.

  • UK supermarket sales fall for first time on record Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    The U.K. grocery market has fallen into decline for the first time on record, as discount retailers lead a price war.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- Britain's Morrisons posted another big fall in quarterly sales as shoppers sought savings in discount chains or paid more for upmarket treats though the grocer said its plan to address changing industry trends was working. With wages stagnant, discounters are booming and all Britain's grocers have responded by cutting prices, hitting profits.

  • LEEDS, England, Nov 6- British supermarket operator J Sainsbury Plc's answer to discounters Aldi and Lidl was unveiled on Thursday, with the opening of its first Netto-branded store in northern England tasked to win over thrifty shoppers. Sainsbury and Dansk Supermarked, Denmark's largest retailer whose Netto brand is present in five countries, have each...