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  • Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition. By 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, 100 shoppers were in line at the Toys R Us in New York City's Times Square. Mary Smalls, 40, was there trying to get all her shopping done on Thanksgiving.

  • US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 1:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Oohing and ahhing spectators of all ages lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty...

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 2:02 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 57 or. 4 percent, to $139.44. Target fell$. 03 or percent, to $72.07. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 10 or. 1 percent, to $84.86.

  • 3 Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Falling gas prices. "Retail therapy is out the window for most Americans," said Ken Perkins, president of RetailMetrics LLC, a research firm. In fact, the National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion— the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into...

  • Behind Black Friday's giant, cheap TV deals Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 6:29 AM ET
    Vizio P-Series Ultra HD Smart TV

    You might need two carts to walk away with what may be this year's biggest Black Friday bargain: a 65-inch Vizio TV at Walmart for $648.

  • Cheat sheet: Retailers' Black Friday openings Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    A Black Friday sign outside an H&M store in New York.

    Still figuring out your Black Friday battle plan? This road map of store openings can help.

  • Review: 4 shopping apps that will save you money Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps. Some apps give you coupons you can hand to the cashier to scan, while others let you flip through advertising deals and promotions.

  • Ohio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 1:15 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving— an effort that comes as Macy's, the holiday's quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day. They're pushing shopper boycotts on Black Friday— the day after Thanksgiving— and on the holiday itself, which is...

  • What restaurants and retailers may say about OPEC Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 3:11 PM ET
    OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

    Consumer discretionary stocks and crude oil have been trading the way they normally do when OPEC is about to cut production.

  • Hackers attack Sony Pictures computer system Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:25 PM ET
    File photo: A gate to the Sony Pictures Entertainment studio complex.

    Sony Pictures was targeted in a cyber hack that forced its employees to use fax machines and landline phones, the LA Times reported.

  • Five things to watch on Black Friday Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    Here are five things retail analyst Brian Sozzi will be looking out for on Black Friday.

  • Caution: More retail hacking ahead Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    How retail breaches have scared shoppers both online and at the counter.

  • High-end shopper thrives while low-income survives Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:05 PM ET
    Residents shop at Walmart as the store prepares for Black Friday in Los Angeles, Calif., November 24, 2014.

    The root of the disconnect in retail lies in the fact that it's one set of consumers who are reaping most of the benefits.

  • Tips for crushing those Black Friday 'bargains' Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 AM ET
    Shoppers purchase TVs at a Target store during the Black Friday weekend in Chicago, Nov. 28, 2013.

    Black Friday may not be the best day for deals. How to get even better prices than advertised.

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. fell$. 01 or percent, to $139.80. Target fell$. 01 or percent, to $71.56. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 45 or. 5 percent, to $84.95.

  • Home Depot faces dozens of breach-related lawsuits Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    Home Depot faces at least 44 lawsuits in the United States and Canada over a massive data breach earlier this year that affected 56 million debit and credit cards. But those expenses aren't clear yet because the cases are in early stages, the company said in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company said earlier this month after...

  • Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are open on Thanksgiving. For example, there are a total of 86 laptops and tablets deeply discounted as door buster deals at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and others on the holiday compared with just nine on Black Friday, according to an analysis of...

  • What's covered in new menu labeling rules Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday is announcing new rules requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and other retailers that sell prepared foods to put calorie labels on menus and menu boards. —Displays of food, such as pastries, at coffee chains like Starbucks. —Food prepared on site at large retail outlets, such as Target and Costco.

  • What's covered in new menu labeling rules Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Food and Drug Administration plans new rules requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and other retailers that sell prepared foods to put calorie labels on menus and menu boards. The rules will only apply to establishments that have 20 or more locations. —Displays of food, such as pastries, at coffee chains like Starbucks.

  • Demand for security products has been on the rise, especially in the wake of high-profile data breaches at Target Corp last year and, more recently, Home Depot Inc. Palo Alto said it expected a profit of 16 cents to 17 cents per share and revenue of between $200 million and $204 million for the second quarter. The company's net loss widened to $30.1 million, or 38 cents...