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  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 68 or. 6 percent, to $121.59. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 82 or 1.1 percent, to $75.78.

  • Deals only a click away for back-to-school season Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    NEW YORK— It's mid-August, and parents are scrambling to outfit their kids with backpacks, gadgets and jeans as the clock winds down toward the first day of school. "It's a lot easier to find a deal," said Michael Londrigan, dean of academic affairs at LIM College, a fashion college in New York.

  • Aug 21- Family Dollar Stores Inc rejected a $9 billion buyout offer from Dollar General Corp and issued a sharp rebuke to accusations its CEO favors a smaller bid from Dollar Tree Inc because it would allow him to keep his job.

  • Aug 21- Family Dollar Stores Inc rejected Dollar General Corp's $8.95 billion acquisition offer, citing antitrust concerns, and reaffirmed its support for a buyout offer from Dollar Tree Inc..

  • Dollar Tree 2Q profit falls 2 percent Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 7:50 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Dollar Tree Inc. said Thursday its second-quarter profit fell more than 2 percent on costs related to its planned acquisition of rival discounter Family Dollar even though shoppers spent more at its discount stores.

  • The company, controlled by hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert, said quarterly revenue fell 9.7 percent, reflecting the impact of the separation of its Lands' End clothing business, store closures and sales declines at Sears Canada Inc..

  • Sears 2Q loss widens on sluggish sales Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.— Sears Holdings Inc. recorded a hefty second-quarter loss Thursday on another sales slump, raising more concerns about the future of a company that once was a staple of American shopping. Sears, controlled by billionaire hedge fund investor Edward Lampert, lost $573 million, or $5.39 per share, for the period ended Aug. 2.

  • Aug 21- Dollar General Corp questioned whether Family Dollar Stores Inc Chief Executive Howard Levine was being driven by self-interest in his support of a proposed takeover of his company by Dollar Tree Inc..

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 30 or. 2 percent, to $120.91. Target rose $1.08 or 1.8 percent, to $60.33. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $74.96.

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 26 or. 2 percent, to $120.87. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $74.80.

  • Aug 20- Lowe's Cos Inc, the No. 2 U.S. home improvement products retailer, echoed larger rival Home Depot Inc in anticipating higher spending on renovations in the second half of the year as the U.S. housing market showed signs of a recovery.

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. fell$. 03 or percent, to $120.58. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 10 or. 1 percent, to $74.78.

  • Aug 20- Target Corp cut its full-year earnings forecast as it offers more discounts to attract cash-strapped customers and win over shoppers unnerved by a massive holiday-season data breach. Target's shares rose 1 percent to $59.81 in noon trading.

  • Aug 20- Staples Inc warned that its sales could fall in the current quarter as it sells fewer computers and core office supplies such as ink, toner and paper in North America amid stiff competition from online retailers and big-box chains.

  • Aug 20- Staples Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, driven by strong demand for non-core office supplies, such as furniture and breakroom items, from companies in North America.

  • Target slashes guidance as profit falls short Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    Target reported a drop in profit and cut its full-year forecast as it resorts to price cuts to win over shoppers unnerved by a massive data breach.

  • Target cuts full-year profit forecast Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:10 AM ET

    Aug 20- Target Corp reported a 62 percent drop in second-quarter profit and cut its full-year earnings forecast as it resorts to price cuts to attract cash-strapped consumers and win over shoppers unnerved by a massive holiday-season data breach.

  • UPDATE 1-Sears Canada reports loss, revenue slides 12 pct Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Aug 20- Struggling department store chain Sears Canada Inc reported its ninth loss in 14 quarters as sales continued to decline. Hedge fund billionaire Eddie Lampert and his Sears Holdings Corp said in May they were looking to sell their 51 percent stake in Sears Canada.

  • Target cuts outlook as breach fallout lingers Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook as the discounter continues to reel from costs related to a massive data breach, a botched expansion in Canada and sluggish sales in the U.S. Excluding expenses related to the data breach, the results were a penny short of Target's reduced estimate issued earlier this month.

  • Aug 20- Staples Inc warned that its sales could fall in the current quarter as it sells fewer computers and core office supplies such as ink and toner in North America amid stiff competition from online retailers and big-box chains.