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  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $2.51 or 1.8 percent, to $142.26. Target rose $1.89 or 2.6 percent, to $74.05. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose $2.82 or 3.3 percent, to $87.80.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 28- U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, with major indexes on track for a sixth straight weekly advance in a holiday-shortened session, though energy shares saw heavy pressure as crude oil tumbled to a four-year low. Crude plunged 5.9 percent to $69.38 per barrel a day after OPEC decided not to cut output, which could leave markets oversupplied.

  • WEST HARTFORD, Conn., Nov 28- Mall crowds were relatively thin early on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Police responded to a handful of incidents at Wal-Mart Stores on Thursday, including to break up a fight over a Barbie...

  • Second act of Black Friday shopping in full swing Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    The big question: How much the Thanksgiving shopping will hurt Black Friday, which is relinquishing its status as the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season? One positive sign: Toys R Us and Target executives told The Associated Press shoppers seem to be buying more than just the doorbusters and filling their carts with other items not on sale.

  • LONDON, Nov 28- British police officers were called to stores across the country on Friday as the "Black Friday" shopping frenzy imported from the United States brought surging crowds and fights over sharply discounted goods. Thanksgiving holiday, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November, is extravagantly promoted in the United States as the start of the...

  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Best Buy site still down Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Looks like the crush of Black Friday shopping actually happened Thursday. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season has become a two-day affair, with more stores opening on Thanksgiving before most people put down their turkey legs. The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion— the...

  • Ferguson protests move to retail stores Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:03 AM ET

    Earlier in the day, about two dozen people chanted "no justice, no peace, no racist police" and "no more Black Friday" after police moved them out of a Wal-Mart in Manchester, another St. Louis suburb. Johnetta Elzie, who had been tweeting and posting videos of the protests, said demonstrations occurred at a Wal-Mart and Target in Brentwood, two Wal-Marts in St. Charles and...

  • Early shoppers queue up, analysts see stellar deals Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 1:14 AM ET
    A customer shops for TV deals on Black Friday at Kmart in Griffith Indiana.

    Economists are closely watching whether retailers can entice shoppers to spend during what retailers consider the biggest shopping weekend of the year, the NYT reports.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Oil prices plunge after OPEC decides against output cut. CALGARY- Brent crude oil plunged as much as $6.50 a barrel, and U.S. crude dropped by nearly as much, posting their steepest one-day falls since 2011, after OPEC decided against cutting output despite a huge oversupply in world markets. BOGOTA- Hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their land...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Nov 27- Subdued food price inflation in Europe is unlikely to pick up any time soon, adding to the pressure on mainstream grocers as they struggle with changing shopping habits and competition from discounters. Prices paid in Europe for fast-moving consumer goods rose at their slowest pace since 2010 in the third quarter, and fell in Spain, France...

  • 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.

  • Nov 27- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it has cut more than 20 mid-level jobs in China as part of its effort to lower costs in the world's second largest economy where it has been grappling with slower sales and tough price competition. Raymond Bracy, China- based spokesman for Wal-Mart, said the staff cuts were a "necessary business reality," adding the retailer would pay...

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

    NEW YORK— Millions of Americans across the country marked Thanksgiving Day with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame nasty weather, power outages and even being buried in the snow. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal. Daryl Winchester, 17, of Queens, was luckier, snagging a...

  • Online grocers pick up amid India's e-commerce boom Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 6:32 PM ET

    Put off by snarled city traffic and a shortage of parking, more Indians are shopping for groceries online, helping e-tailers turn in profits.

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 88 or. 6 percent, to $139.75. Target rose$. 06 or. 1 percent, to $72.16. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 03 or percent, to $84.98.

  • Online grocers come up trumps in India's e-commerce boom Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    By contrast, analysts say supermarkets like More, owned by the Aditya Birla Group, and Reliance Industries Ltd's Reliance Fresh are struggling to attract enough customers to make a profit as they compete with the small neighbourhood stores where most people buy food. "You can go shop at a Walmart or Tesco in the U.S. and U.K. and they have parking.

  • 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.

  • Wal-Mart dismisses several China executives to cut costs Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 1:05 PM ET

    Nov 26- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it had dismissed several executives in China as part of an effort to lower costs in the country, where it has been grappling with slower sales and tough price competition. Walmart reported a 0.8 percent fall in China sales during the quarter to Oct. 31, which it attributed to government austerity measures and deflation.

  • Most buzzed-about retailers ahead of Black Friday Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:34 AM ET
    Macy's facebook page ahead of Black Friday.

    Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Kohl's are among the stores leading the pack in terms of audience size across three big social media platforms.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 26- LeapFrog Enterprises Inc, the maker of educational electronics for kids whose missed sales estimates have pushed its shares down 30 percent this year, is attracting some big-name value fund managers who are betting the company will either rebound during the holiday season or be bought by a rival. If the company's newest product, a video game...