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  • CHICAGO, Dec 24- U.S. consumers have not turned out in force for the final shopping days before Christmas, suggesting that traditional retailers will just meet industry sales forecasts in a season marked by deep discounts and growing encroachment from online rivals led by Amazon.com Inc.. "The past weekend will not save this holiday season," said Craig Johnson,...

  • Bad Santa? 5 tips to tackle your holiday gift returns Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    As anyone who's received a drugstore cologne gift set well knows, even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes. Hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls soon after the holidays to exchange or return less-than-ideal presents. A recent National Retail Federation survey of 60 merchant loss-prevention executives estimated that fraud related to...

  • They were sold for about $100 online and at retailers across the country, including Kmart, Kohl's, Target and Walmart. The brewers are made by Keurig Green Mountain Inc., based in Waterbury, Vermont. The company's shares fell $3.08, or 2.2 percent, to $136.70 in afternoon trading Tuesday.

  • Forget the hacking, Sony stock to rise 40%: Analyst Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    As Sony scrambles to recover after an unprecedented cyberattack, one analyst couldn't be more positive on the outlook for the company's stock.

  • Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Those are some of the top business stories of 2014, as chosen by business editors at The Associated Press. Others include massive product disasters: A string of auto recalls after faulty ignition switches from General Motors Corp. and air bags in many car models caused injuries and deaths. Janet Yellen became the first woman to head the Federal Reserve and U.S....

  • Credit cards getting more secure: MasterCard exec. Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:47 PM ET
    Chris McWilton, MasterCard’s president of North America

    MasterCard's North American president says microchips will be embedded in about half the credit cards in 2015 to protect against fraud.

  • Last-minute delivery: FedEx, UPS gear up for rush Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET
    FedEx workers sort packages at a FedEx global hub.

    Delivery companies, as well as USPS, brace themselves for last-minute shipping orders as the Holiday season reaches peak. The NYT reports.

  • Recalls this week: Bean bag chairs, toy monkeys Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    DETAILS: Bean bag chairs sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Kroger, Meijer and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon, Bean Bag Company, Groupon, Kohls, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, Wayfair and other online retailers. They were sold between January 2010 and October 2013 for up to $40. FOR MORE: Contact Comfort Research at 844-578-8933 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET...

  • Risk modelers look to clarify cyber risk costs Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 19- Even as the Sony Corp cyber attack laid bare the kinds of vulnerabilities that typically drive companies to buy insurance policies, the lack of a risk model for insurers means such protection is not always easy to get. While high-profile attacks at retailers such as Target Corp and Home Depot Inc this year have spooked consumers, the devastating...

  • Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. The Framingham, Massachusetts- based company is offering free identity protection services— including credit monitoring, identity theft insurance a free credit report— to customers who might be at risk.

  • Staples confirms hack; up to 1.2M cards affected Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    Staples confirmed on Friday a data breach that may have affected up to 1.2 million cards.

  • Midday movers: Sony, IBM, Red Hat & More Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    Some of Friday midday movers:

  • Not done shopping? Try these last-minute strategies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    So you missed the holiday deadline for free standard shipping. Oops. Try these last-minute gifting strategies.

  • Consumers can sue Target over data breach: Judge Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:57 AM ET
    Target employees help customers at the checkout registers inside the Target Corp. Store in Torrance, California.

    Target's data breach case escalated after U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled that consumers can sue Target over data breach.

  • Consumers can sue Target Corp over data breach -judge Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    Dec 19- A U.S. judge has cleared the way for consumers to sue Target Corp over the retailer's late 2013 data breach that they say compromised their personal financial information. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday dismissed claims by plaintiffs in certain states but largely denied Target's request to toss the proposed class action...

  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence if the Hollywood studio released its movie "The Interview," a comedy that depicts the assassination of the North's leader. He said his company has received a growing number of requests from financial institutions and other businesses alarmed by...

  • Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $2.23 or 1.6 percent, to $141.56. Target rose $1.07 or 1.5 percent, to $74.64. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose $1.71 or 2.0 percent, to $85.94.

  • Sony's capitulation could mean that more businesses will be targeted for cyberwarfare and extortion, they said. The crisis at Sony Corp's movie studio is prompting executives to think more broadly and to use data encryption software for internal data. Sony on Wednesday dropped the comedy that features the assassination of North Korea's leader after...

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...