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  • RPT-BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1930 GMT /2:30 PM ET Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    Editor: Steve Orlofsky+ 1 646 223 6200. WASHINGTON- U.S. consumer spending advanced at a brisk clip in November as lower gasoline prices gave the holiday shopping season a boost, offering the latest sign of underlying momentum in the economy. WASHINGTON- Jack Reed, a Mississippi clothing retailer, says the economic recovery is taking hold for his family business as...

  • *Starboard Value takes stakes in Office Depot, Staples. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. stocks bounced back on Thursday, with the S&P 500 surging more than 1 percent, as data pointed to a strengthening U.S. economy and boosted optimism about holiday spending. "It suggests overall spending is going to do well, and today's rally confirms the resumption of a year-end rally which...

  • Starboard wants Staples, Office Depot merger: Sources Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 1:49 PM ET
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    Activist investor Starboard Value wants to merge rival office-supply chains Staples and Office Depot, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • *Starboard Value takes stakes in Office Depot, Staples. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. stocks bounced back on Thursday, with all three major indexes surging more than 1 percent, as data pointed to a strengthening U.S. economy and boosted optimism about holiday spending. "It suggests overall spending is going to do well, and today's rally confirms the resumption of a year-end...

  • Dec 11- Activist investor Starboard Value wants to merge office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Starboard, known for its aggressive shareholder activism, disclosed a 5.1 percent stake in Staples and boosted its holdings in Office Depot to nearly 10 percent, regulatory filings showed on...

  • Traders got in on Office Depot early Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:23 PM ET
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    Shares of Office Depot surged on Thursday, after Starboard Value took a stake in the company. But options traders knew something good was coming.

  • The price is (no longer) right: Retail's big game Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:33 AM ET
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    Retailers are no longer just competing with each other for the lowest price; often times, they're also competing with themselves.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rallies on data after three-day slump Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    *Starboard Value takes stakes in Office Depot, Staples. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, bouncing sharply from a three-day drop, as data pointed to a strengthening economy that could weather the impact of a steep drop in oil prices. said Sean McCarthy, regional CIO for Wells Fargo Private Bank in Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St bounces on retail sales boost Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:56 AM ET

    *Starboard Value takes stakes in Office Depot, Staples. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, bouncing sharply from a three-day drop as data pointed to a strengthening economy that appeared likely to weather the impact of a steep drop in oil prices. said Sean McCarthy, regional CIO for Wells Fargo Private Bank in Scottsdale, Arziona.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to open higher on retail sales lift Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    *Starboard Value takes stakes in Office Depot, Staples. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. stocks were poised for a higher open on Thursday after a three-day drop for the S&P 500 as data pointed to a strengthening economy that appeared likely to overcome the impact of a steep drop in oil prices. said Sean McCarthy, regional CIO for Wells Fargo Private Bank in Scottsdale, Arziona.

  • *Brent crude inches above $65 a barrel. *Starboard Value takes stakes in Office Depot, Staples. *Brent crude managed to climb back above the $65 mark but remained near five-year lows while U.S. crude rose 1.1 percent to $61.60.

  • Early Movers: LULU, RSH, SPLS, WAG, LC & more Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:59 AM ET
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    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • US STOCKS-Futures up as oil bounces; ream of data due Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    *Brent crude inches above $65 a barrel. *Starboard Value takes stakes in Office Depot, Staples. *Brent crude managed to climb back above the $65 mark but remained near five-year lows while U.S. crude rose 1.1 percent to $61.60.

  • Fingers crossed: Retailers allow late online orders Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:05 AM ET
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    Many retailers are holding firm on their late-in-the-season deadlines—in some cases getting more aggressive than last year.

  • Data breaches now industrywide problem: Target CEO Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 11:08 AM ET
    Target CEO Brian Cornell appears on CNBC after ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of November 28, 2014 in New York City.

    One year after Target's massive data breach and following more cyberattacks, shoppers realize hacking is an industrywide issue, said Brian Cornell.

  • How retailers are maximizing Black Friday fever   Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 5:46 PM ET
    How retailers are maximizing Black Friday fever

    Ryan Urban, CEO and Co-Founder of Bounce Exchange, describes the competing strategies between retailers this holiday season.

  • Cheat sheet: Retailers' Black Friday openings Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
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    Still figuring out your Black Friday battle plan? This road map of store openings can help.

  • Fed minutes back on Wall Street's radar Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:58 AM ET
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    The last time the Fed released minutes, the market had its biggest rally of the year—but watchers doubt it will be a hawkish tone this time around.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St slips from record; focus shifts to Fed Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    *Lowe's, Target shares rise after results. Helping to limit losses, Target Corp rose 6.8 percent and Lowe's rose 6.3 percent, both after results. "I can understand the market being a bit jittery here after making a new high and pausing ahead of the Fed minutes," said Paul Zemsky, chief investment officer of Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions at Voya Investment...

  • Nov 19- Staples Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly sales and profit as business customers in North America bought more furniture, breakroom products such as coffee machines and core office supplies like stationery. Sales in Staples' North America commercial unit, which sells products to businesses through contracts, rose 3.3 percent in the third...