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  • 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 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.

  • Mid-Turnaround, J.C. Penney Boosts Borrowing Capacity Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | 7:42 AM ET

    Retailer J.C. Penney increased its borrowing capacity under a bank credit facility by $100 million to $1.85 billion and expanded an option to borrow more at a later date, raising concerns among analysts as it works on a turnaround.

  • Analysts Raise Amazon Price Targets as Margins Surprise Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 7:08 AM ET

    Amazon.com's better-than-expected profit margins surprised Wall Street, prompting at least five brokerages to raise their price targets on the world's largest Internet retailer's stock on Wednesday.

  • Barnes & Noble expects to shut down as many as a third of its retail stores over the next decade, the chief executive of its retail group told The Wall Street Journal.

  • Death of Gift Cards? Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 2:09 PM ET
    Barnes & Noble gift cards

    Retailers should be buzzing right now with holiday gift card redemptions. But, there's early evidence retailers aren't getting much of a boost from gift cards this year, according to NBG Market Analyst Brian Sozzi.

  • Retail Sales Winners & Losers Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 12:27 PM ET
    Macy's shoppers

    The latest batch of retail sales reports shed light on who the retail winners are right now.

  • There's a Secret Behind All Those Christmas Catalogs Thursday, 6 Dec 2012 | 12:03 PM ET

    You may think catalogs are only for your grandma so she can complete her holiday shopping, but many retailers will disagree.

  • Cyber Monday

    Google and Amazon are waging a war to become the pre-eminent online mall. And e-commerce sites large and small are caught in the cross-fire, the New York Times reports.

  • A sign with the 'like' symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

    Facebook already knows what you "like." It could be near uncovering your desires, too. As Inside Facebook first reported, Facebook might soon supplement its "like" button with a "want" button that could push the site more toward becoming a place for consumption, rather than social connection, and make commerce a mainstay of the site.

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