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  • WASHINGTON, April 3- U.S. employers added the fewest number of jobs in more than a year in March, which could heighten concerns over the recent slowdown in economic growth and delay an anticipated interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve. Nonfarm payrolls rose 126,000 last month, the smallest gain since December 2013, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • *Payroll gains smallest since December 2013. WASHINGTON, April 3- U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in more than a year in March amid signs the economy was starting to take strain from a strong dollar and lower oil prices, which could delay an anticipated interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve. Nonfarm payrolls increased 126,000 last month, the...

  • *Nonfarm payrolls forecast rising 245,000 in March. WASHINGTON, April 3- U.S. job growth likely remained solid in March, which should allay fears over recent economic weakness and keep the Federal Reserve on course to start raising interest rates this year. The labor market has largely shrugged off a harsh winter, a buoyant dollar, weaker global demand and a...

  • McDonald's to hike pay for US restaurant workers Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:23 PM ET
    Fast-food workers hold placards in support to an increase of the fastfood workers minimun wage in New York.

    The move will not apply to workers at franchisee-owned restaurants, which make up 90 percent of U.S. stores.

  • March 18- Target Corp next month will raise the minimum wage for all of its workers to $9 an hour, matching moves made by rivals including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and TJX Cos, a source familiar with the matter said. The clearest sign of the changing labor landscape came last month when Wal-Mart said it would move to the $9 minimum in April. A week after Wal-Mart's...

  • March 18- Target Corp. will raise the minimum wage for all of its workers to $9 an hour, matching moves made by rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and TJX Cos, a source familiar with the matter said. The movement had its biggest success last month when Wal-Mart said it would move to the $9 minimum in April and $10 an hour next year. That immediately raised the pressure on...

  • March 18- Target Corp. will raise the minimum wage for all of its workers to $9 an hour, matching moves made by rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and TJX Cos, Dow Jones reported on Wednesday. Target in particular has been under pressure to raise wages since Wal-Mart last month said it would move to the $9 minimum in April. Next year, Wal-Mart employees after some six...

  • Target hiking minimum wage to $9/hour: Report Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 4:16 PM ET
    Customers arrive at a Target store in St. Albert, Alberta, January 15, 2015.

    The move to a $9 minimum wage comes after other large retailers Wal-Mart and TJX recently announced minimum wage hikes.

  • 10 retailers bucking the trend and opening stores Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    A Dick's Sporting Goods store in West Nyack, New York

    On the heels of massive store closings, here are the companies that announced the greatest number of new locations in 2014.

  • Stocks dead in the water due to dollar? Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 4:17 PM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Are stocks dead in the water thanks to the dollar rise?

  • Perez on jobs: 'No one's spiking the football' yet Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 11:08 AM ET
    A man walks past a sign at the entrance to a Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce job fair in Princeton, Illinois.

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez tells CNBC that gains are creating an undeniable tailwind in the economy, but there is still work to be done on wages.

  • *Average hourly earnings rise three cents. WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment growth accelerated in February and the jobless rate fell to a more than 6-1/ 2 year low of 5.5 percent, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. We think it is on the path to make a rate change in June, "said Sam Bullard, a senior economist at...

  • *U.S. nonfarm payrolls forecast rising 240,000 in February. WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment likely rose strongly in February with the jobless rate slipping, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. "The jobs picture remains extraordinary healthy," said Jacob Oubina, an economist at RBC Capital Markets in New...

  • L Brands winning the game, category: Analysts Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 5:51 PM ET
    The retail play: L Brands & Target

    Among the retailers to report same-store sales on Thursday, L Brands stood out to a pair of analysts.

  • Who needs the Web? Two retailers defy the trend Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 1:36 PM ET
    Pedestrians pass in front of a Ross Stores location in San Francisco.

    TJX and Ross are growing sales faster than the overall industry, with limited or no online revenue.

  • Higher wages to lift spending. What to buy Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Target employees at the checkout registers at a Target store in Torrance, California.

    Pay raises and cheap gasoline make low-end retailers like Wal-Mart and Kohl's better buys than those at the high end, several analysts say.

  • Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    After years of profit gains amid wage stagnation, America may finally be getting a raise. And that could be bad news for investors.

  • For Macy's, going downmarket looks like the way ahead Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:03 PM ET

    Feb 26- Macy's Inc's planned push into the off-price retailing sector, dominated by chains such as TJX Cos Inc's TJ Maxx, shows the venerable department store chain has faced up to new realities of retailing in the United States. Since so many peoples' salaries are off-price they also need to shop that way, "said Robert Brusca, chief economist at consulting firm Fact...

  • Feb 25- It didn't take long for a big retailer to follow the lead of Wal-Mart Stores in raising minimum pay for workers. The announcement comes less than a week after Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, announced that it was giving half a million U.S. workers a raise, bringing its minimum hourly pay to $9 in 2015 and $10 next year. Analysts had predicted that other...

  • US jobless claims rise higher than expected Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:31 AM ET
    Job seekers wait in line to register for a job fair at California's Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California last February.

    More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications was still consistent with steady hiring.