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  • Think mobile sales are hot now? Wait for Christmas Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    Despite the growing importance of e-commerce, digital sales will likely play a larger role over the holiday season than back-to-school.

  • Celebrate your independence with these tech gadgets Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    The iGrill, a Bluetooth enabled grilling and cooking thermometer application made by iDevices LLC for use with Apple Inc.'s iPod touch, iPhone and iPad devices.

    While there are plenty of gadgets to make your Independence Day fun, experts say this year it's all about staying connected while playing.

  • Costco results miss estimates as costs rise Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 5:24 AM ET
    A Costco store in Alhambra, Calif.

    Costco reported third-quarter results below analysts' estimates hurt by an increase in merchandise costs and other expenses.

  • Groupon's Q1 loss, revenue beat expectations Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    The company reported a loss of 1 cent a share on revenue of $758 million.

  • Deep discounting eats into Costco's holiday profit Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 9:55 AM ET
    A Costco store in Alhambra, Calif.

    Costco Wholesale's profit fell 15 percent, missing estimates, hurt by weaker gross margins in its fresh-food business and some non-foods merchandises.

  • Target staff say they warned of security flaws Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    At least one analyst at Target pushed for an investigation into payment systems after government and industry reports.

  • Brookstone may file for bankruptcy: Report Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 2:21 PM ET
    A Brookstone store in Santa Monica, California.

    The seller of gadgets, wine accessories, and furniture is in talks with firms about investing. The WSJ reports.

  • Shoppers, rejoice! A license to procrastinate Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 11:30 AM ET

    Holiday shipping deadlines are fast approaching, but shoppers may have until Christmas Eve to place—and receive—Christmas orders.

  • Amazon? 'I'm not so convinced': Hedge fund manager Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 9:32 AM ET

    Amazon never seems to be able to generate profits, says Paul Isaac, founder of Arbiter Partners, who's short the stock.

  • Pumped up kicks? Sneaker sales soar Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 12:07 PM ET
    Jaime Penaloza, a member of an Instagram group called "Sneakaholics," poses with his shoe collection.

    Call them “sneakerheads” or “sneakaholics.” There's a growing number of designer athletic shoe junkies—who comb the Internet, camp out in the wee hours and pay hundreds of dollars for the most highly anticipated sneaker releases.

  • Buying a Picasso on Amazon? Not so crazy anymore Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 5:07 PM ET

    Amazon is said to be making plans to sell pricey art online, a move that may shake the foundation of the art world and accelerate a sweeping shift already underway at the auction houses and some galleries.

  • Internet Sales Tax Bill Is a Lifeline for Retailers Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 11:55 AM ET

    The Senate's passage of an Internet sales tax bill is bringing retailers one step closer to a level pricing playing field, says Stacey Widlitz, a retail industry analyst.

  • Senate OKs Bill for States to Tax Online Purchases Monday, 6 May 2013 | 7:18 PM ET

    A majority of the Senate approved a measure that would allow states to tax online purchases. The bill now moves to the House, where it faces opposition.

  • Three More Ex-Apple Execs Out at JC Penney: Report Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 7:32 AM ET

    Three more top executives at J.C. Penney have left the ailing retailer, the New York Post reported, following the ouster of Chief Executive Ron Johnson.

  • Ocappi, an online diamond company launching Wednesday, aims to equip men with multiple rings to choose from. Each ring will require a $75 deposit and must be returned within five days.

  • Online Retail's Secret Weapon: A Storefront Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 | 3:14 AM ET
    Bonobos

    After bowing to the realization that many customers like to see items in person before buying, a growing number of online retail companies are setting up physical stores while at the same time redefining what brick and mortar means for them.

  • EBay Targets $300 Billion in E-Commerce Transactions Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 12:43 PM ET
    Foxconn

    EBay CEO John Donahoe said Thursday the company will help transact $300 billion of business in 2015, a 71 percent increase from 2012'S $175 billion in transactions.

  • Alibaba Group Picks Jonathan Lu as Next CEO Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 8:51 AM ET
    Alibaba.com's headquarters in Hangzhou, China

    Alibaba Group has chosen Jonathan Lu, its Chief Data Officer who has more than a decade of experience in executive roles, to lead China's largest e-commerce company as it prepares to launch an initial public offering.

  • Confidence Back? Several Retailers Top Sales Forecasts Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 8:39 AM ET

    After a difficult January, when shoppers first felt the effect of a payroll tax hike that lowered take-home pay by 2 percent, some retailers got a little relief in February from growing employment and a rising stock market.

  • The decision to do away with sales last year had no testing behind it. So it is not a mystery why J.C. Penney has done a 180 when it comes to its promotional stance.