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  • *Amazon expected to expand food sales at home and abroad. BERLIN, July 8- Big retailers are taking a calculated hit to margins to invest in online grocery operations, in the hope they can persuade consumers to add more profitable items like clothes and computers to their orders of fruit and vegetables.

  • 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.

  • Sales of Team USA soccer gear are exploding Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 3:11 PM ET
    Clint Dempsey of the U.S. (C) attempts to score between Portugal's Bruno Alves and Ricardo Costa (R) during their 2014 World Cup G soccer match in Manaus, Brazil,  June 22, 2014.

    The success of the U.S. at the World Cup hasn't just meant mega-TV ratings, but also a spike in merchandise sales.

  • NEW YORK, June 20- Shares of specialty retailers and apparel makers helped lead the charge off the market's bottom in March 2009 but unraveled this year, leaving consumer discretionary stocks as the sole sector to still be lower through the first half of 2014..

  • NEW YORK, June 20- Shares of specialty retailers and apparel makers helped lead the charge off the market's bottom in March 2009 but unraveled this year, leaving consumer discretionary stocks as the sole sector to still be lower through the first half of 2014..

  • No quick fix for Coach: Top apparel analyst Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 6:36 PM ET

    Coach executives failed to impress Wedbush analyst Corinna Freedman with their turnaround strategy.

  • Michaels to go public this summer: Sources Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 11:25 AM ET
    Employee Nikki Bush stocks acrylic paint at a Michaels Stores Inc. location in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Michaels' IPO, which has been planned for the last two years, will finally take place this summer, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • High price points driving growth: Kate Spade CEO Monday, 19 May 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    Kate Spade CEO discusses how aspirational luxury is driving growth.

  • May 15- Auto parts retailer Advance Auto Parts Inc reported a 21 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by the acquisition of the biggest operator of the Carquest chain of auto repair shops and car parts stores.

  • 10 top brands Buffett’s Berkshire owns Monday, 5 May 2014 | 11:59 AM ET
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett flips over a Dairy Queen Blizzard treat, the most successful product ever released in the history of Dairy Queen.

    About 38,000 people flocked to the shareholder meeting in Omaha this weekend. Here's a highlight of top brands Berkshire Hathaway owns.

  • A special edition of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS running shoe with a depiction of Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., on its insole.

    Inc. reports how Brooks, the specialty running shoe, company went from almost bankrupt to successful with Warren Buffett boost.

  • Marijuana vending machine coming to Colorado Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 12:36 PM ET
    Tranzbyte’s medical marijuana vending machine made its debut in Colorado last week.

    Buying marijuana in pot-friendly Colorado just got even easier, like buying a can of soda or pack of gum from a vending machine.

  • Retailer Michaels' breach affected 3M cards Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    Michaels Stores confirmed that there was a breach of certain systems that process payment cards at its stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers.

  • ANALYSIS-Lululemon's status as yogawear's top dog at risk Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 16- Still hurting from last year's see-through yoga pants debacle, Lululemon Athletica Inc is about to face a new headache: stepped up competition from rival yoga retailers, department stores and hot new brands.

  • Liberty cuts stake in struggling Barnes & Noble Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    Liberty Media will cut its large stake in Barnes & Noble, the media company announced on Thursday, but will retain a 10 percent stake.

  • April 3- Specialty retailer Brookstone Inc said it would be bought by Spencer Spirit Holdings Inc for about $147 million as part of a prepackaged bankruptcy protection plan. Brookstone sells products ranging from massage chairs to bathroom slippers and operates more than 300 stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

  • Not pretty: Tiffany swings to a loss on legal woes Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 10:31 AM ET
    Customers carry Tiffany & Co. shopping bags outside the company's flagship store in New York, March 18, 2014.

    Tiffany reported a loss in the fourth quarter, due primarily to losing an arbitration ruling involving The Swatch Group.

  • Zumiez identifies 'mall violence' as risk Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    Even though most experts say episodes of mall violence don't hurt traffic and sales beyond the immediate days following the occurrence, specialty retailer Zumiez feels differently.

  • Yes, we have a problem—but don't blame Barbie Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 4:07 PM ET
    Carol Roth has her own doll, which comes with a leather-style briefcase purse (perfect, she says, for a laptop or tablet). The book she’s holding is Roth’s “The Entrepreneur Equation.”

    There is a serious problem with objectifying women in America but it's not Barbie's fault, says Carol Roth.

  • Is Fast Retailing getting too ambitious? Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    Fast Retailing is expanding globally, targeting the U.S. and China and potentially acquiring J.Crew, but is the Uniqlo brand owner moving too quickly?