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  • Optimize your game plan for holiday toy shopping Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 2:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Looking for the holiday season's hot toys, like anything related to Disney's "Frozen"? In addition, Amazon's annual holiday toy list adds commentary from its product experts on the latest trends. You can browse through new categories like "Mom Picks" or "Classic" brands to find gift ideas and personal anecdotes from Amazon editors.

  • 'Massive' switch to new credit cards ahead Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    Bank customers can expect a flurry of thick mail as credit companies rush to get chip cards into their hands ahead of the holiday season.

  • 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.

  • Who needs Black Friday? Retail cutting prices now Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:56 PM ET
    Sale signs in the windows of a GAP store.

    Retailers have kept inventories in check, but signs are already emerging that they may not have broken consumers' addiction to discounts just yet.

  • Target's holiday plans     Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan takes a look at Target's new strategy for this holiday season.

  • Target's holiday plans     Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 6:16 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports Target CEO Brian Cornell intends to offer shoppers great value, products and experience this upcoming holiday season.

  • 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.

  • Coke, McDonald's sales slips: blame millennials? Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:10 PM ET
    Customers order food at a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in the pedestrianized Dongmen area of Shenzhen, China.

    As Coke and McDonald's earnings disappointed investors, millennial retail expert Ilana Stern explains what's to blame and what needs to be done.

  • 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...