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  • FedEx, UPS make plans for a better holiday season Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    DALLAS— Facing an even bigger mountain of packages this holiday season, FedEx and UPS are hiring more workers to avoid the delays that frustrated shoppers and gift-recipients a year ago. On Wednesday, FedEx Corp. said it expects deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments.

  • Target offers free shipping on all holiday items Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Target Corp. is offering for the first time free shipping on all items for its online holiday customers, including even $6 lipsticks, as the discounter throws itself in the ring to compete better with the likes of Amazon. The move is unusually early for a retailer— happening weeks before the official holiday season kickoff over the Thanksgiving weekend—...

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $1.86 or 1.4 percent, to $130.28. Target rose $1.35 or 2.2 percent, to $61.64. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 88 or 1.2 percent, to $76.02.

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $1.85 or 1.4 percent, to $130.27. Target rose $1.28 or 2.1 percent, to $61.57. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 66 or. 9 percent, to $75.80.

  • CVS tacks tobacco fee on new smoke-free network Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    Signage inside a CVS store in New York, after cigarettes were removed from shelves.

    CVS Health is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network and will charge clients who fill prescriptions at stores that sell tobacco.

  • Officials: 500 million financial records hacked Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    "A person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement," an FBI official says. USA Today reports.

  • CVS tacks tobacco payment to prescription network Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. That payment won't apply to prescriptions filled at stores in the tobacco-free network, which would include CVS and Target or other stores that don't sell tobacco. Target Corp. quit selling tobacco in 1996..

  • Staples investigating possible data breach Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. Earlier this month Sears Holdings Corp. reported a breach at its Kmart stores that started last month, saying some customers' credit and debit cards may have been compromised. Shares of Staples Inc., based in Framingham,...

  • A list of merchants taking Apple Pay Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    Apple said it has worked with several retailers to make sure most of their stores, if not all of them, were ready at Monday's launch: Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Babies R Us, BJ's Wholesale Club, Bloomingdale's, Champs Sports, Chevron and Texaco retail stores including ExtraMile, Disney Store, Duane Reade, Footaction, Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot...

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $3.77 or 3.0 percent, to $128.42. Target rose $1.22 or 2.1 percent, to $60.29. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose $1.04 or 1.4 percent, to $75.14.

  • Socks step out into the fashion limelight Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    The socks industry is now a $5.6 billion market and has outpaced growth in the $206.7 billion apparel market for the last two years, according to The NPD Group.

    Once known as an often-dreaded gift handed out by thrifty grandmas socks are having their fashion moment thanks to fashion-conscious men.

  • Obama's under-used credit card declined in NY Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    When his credit card was declined last month while dining in New York, President Barack Obama wondered if he had become a victim of identity theft. Identity theft is a growing problem and an estimated 100 million people have been affected by security breaches in the past year at retailers like Target and Home Depot. Employees at Estela, the New York restaurant...

  • Why weirder is better for college admissions Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    If your child is trying to impress a college admissions office, it's those unconventional skills that make colleges take notice. Video gaming perhaps?

  • "is calling on all stakeholders... to safeguard consumer finances and reduce their chances of becoming victims of identity theft- America's fastest-growing crime," the White House said in a statement. Home Depot Inc, Target Corp, Walgreen Co and Wal-Mart Stores Inc will be rolling out secure chip and PIN-compatible card terminals in all their stores, most by...

  • Obama announces plan to tighten card security Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans. Concern is growing over the security of Americans' financial data, with an estimated 100 million...

  • Thanksgiving wars: Macy's to open at 6 pm Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 2:48 PM ET
    People enter Macy's Herald Square as the store opens its doors at 8 pm Thanksgiving day on November 28, 2013 in New York City.

    Macy's will open the doors to its full-line department stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year.

  • Merry Christmas! Hiring may hit dot-com boom level Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:11 AM ET
    A Now Hiring sign to attract seasonal employees

    Christmas season retail hiring is expected to significantly outpace the level seen in 2013.

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. fell $1.95 or 1.5 percent, to $124.30. Target fell $1.71 or 2.8 percent, to $59.98. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell $2.78 or 3.6 percent, to $75.20.

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. fell $2.08 or 1.6 percent, to $124.17. Target fell $1.84 or 3.0 percent, to $59.85. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell $1.87 or 2.4 percent, to $76.11.

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. fell$. 72 or. 6 percent, to $126.25. Target rose $1.25 or 2.1 percent, to $61.69. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 42 or. 5 percent, to $77.98.