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  • Shoppers browse sale merchandise at a Sears store in Peoria, Illinois.

    The National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales will increase 3.7 percent, in line with several other industry forecasts.

  • Expect more online fraud as new credit cards arrive Wednesday, 7 Oct 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    Online fraud in the U.S. is expected to nearly double to $19 billion by 2018 from $10 billion in 2014, according to Javelin Strategy& Research, a consulting company based in Pleasanton, California. In Britain, which began shifting to chip cards in 2001, online fraud rose 55 percent from 2005 to 2008, according to the UK Cards Association, an industry group.

  • Urban Outfitters to end on-call shifts in New York Wednesday, 7 Oct 2015 | 10:02 AM ET
    Pedestrians pass in front of an Urban Outfitters store in New York.

    Apparel retailer Urban Outfitters agreed to end on-call shifts for New York workers, joining brands like Gap and Victoria's Secret.

  • Oct 7- Apparel retailer Urban Outfitters Inc has agreed to end on-call shifts for employees at all its New York stores, New York state's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. The company joins retailers Abercrombie& Fitch Co, Gap Inc, and L Brands Inc's Victoria's Secret and Bath& Body Works in agreeing to end on-call shifts, Schneiderman said in a statement on...

  • Urban Outfitters to end on-call scheduling in New York Wednesday, 7 Oct 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Urban Outfitters will end on-call scheduling at stores in New York state, becoming the latest retailer to respond to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's inquiry into the practice of requiring workers to report for shifts on short notice. Other retailers with agreements are L. Brands' Bath& Body Works and Victoria's Secret for their U.S. stores, as...

  • Wal-Mart expands protein bars to main grocery aisles Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    Target Corp. announced last month that it was pushing granola bars and healthy grab-and-go snacks over candy at the checkout aisles in 30 of its stores. And CVS Health Corp. is also adding more fresh foods and healthier snacks at many of its locations while moving bagged candy out of prime store space in the first aisle. As part of this overall push, Wal-Mart...

  • It's costing companies A LOT more to protect privacy Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 10:07 AM ET
    Hacking hacker cyber security

    Cybercrime costs are climbing for companies both in the U.S. and overseas amid a slew of high-profile breaches.

  • A sixth-annual study by the Ponemon Institute pegged the average annual cost of cybercrime per large U.S. company at $15.4 million. Individually, cybercrime costs for the U.S. companies surveyed varied dramatically, ranging from $1.9 million to $65 million. And the average cost of a cyberattack on a U.S. company rose 22 percent to $1.9 million from $1.5 million.

  • Here's why holiday spending forecasts may not matter Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 12:01 AM ET
    Young shoppers shopping

    Retailers are no longer concerned with overall consumer spending during the year's largest selling season, according to PwC.

  • A line of pacifier clips that pose a choking hazard to children are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include women's sandals, bicycles and armchairs. They were sold at Buy Buy Baby and small boutique retail stores nationwide and in Canada from September 2014 through June 2015.

  • NEW YORK— Wal-Mart laid off 450 workers at its headquarters Friday as the world's largest retailer attempts to become more nimble so that it can better compete with the likes of Amazon.com. There are more than 18,000 people who work at the headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, a close-knit community in northwest Arkansas. While it is the behemoth of retail,...

  • So Amazon.com Inc. secured original children's music from The Pop Ups and Lisa Loeb for free streaming to give Prime members another reason to keep their $99- a-year membership. Meanwhile, a rival service, Rhapsody, is rewarding premium, $10- a-month subscribers with a feature that lets children take control of music when mommy or daddy passes over a mobile phone.

  • Oct 1- Experian Plc, the world's biggest consumer credit monitoring firm, on Thursday disclosed a massive data breach that exposed sensitive personal data of some 15 million people who applied for service with T-Mobile US Inc. Experian said it discovered the theft of the T-Mobile customer data from one of its servers on Sept. 15. The computer stored information...

  • In the latest high-profile breach, the hackers got the information from credit reporting agency Experian, which T-Mobile uses to check the credit of consumers applying for phone plans and financing for devices. Experian said T-Mobile customers who applied between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015 may have had their information stolen. Experian said it...

  • UPDATE 2-Hackers attack forex broker FXCM Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    Oct 1- FXCM Inc, an online foreign exchange broker, said its systems were hacked and a "small number" of unauthorized wire transfers were made from customer accounts, sending the company's shares down 25 percent to a record low. FXCM said it received an email from a hacker claiming to have illegal access to customer information and that it had notified the Federal...

  • UPDATE 1-FXCM says it has been hacked Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | 7:58 AM ET

    Oct 1- FXCM Inc, an online foreign exchange trading service provider, said its systems were hacked and a "small number" of unauthorized wire transfers were made from customer accounts. FXCM said it was working with a cybersecurity firm to determine the scale of the incident and identify affected customers. FXCM is the latest U.S. corporation to become a victim of a...

  • Sept 30- Target Corp said it will match online prices of 29 of its rivals including Amazon.com and Wal-Mart Stores Inc, as the race to grab shoppers intensifies ahead of the holiday season. Other large retailers Target will price-match include Costco Wholsesale Corp, Best Buy, Macy's Inc and CVS Health Corp, the company said in a statement late on Tuesday.

  • Early movers: RL, CHK, PLAY, COST, LMT, JPM & more Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 7:48 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Stocks may end bad quarter on a strong note Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 7:31 AM ET

    U.S stock futures were sharply higher this morning on the last day of the third quarter, which has been dismal for Wall Street.

  • Target to match online prices with online rivals Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    The change in policy marks a big step for the Minneapolis- based retailer, which until now only matched prices at its own stores. And the retailer is increasing the number of online rivals that it will match from five to 29. That includes for the first time stores that require membership, like Costco and Sam's Club. "These are simple changes, but they mean a lot for our...