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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...

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. fell$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $144.07. Target fell$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $74.61. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 27 or. 3 percent, to $86.93.

  • Wal-Mart tests gift card exchange Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Starting Christmas Day, Wal-Mart is letting customers exchange gift cards from more than 200 retailers, airlines and restaurants for a Wal-Mart card. It's a test program, but if it's successful, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the card swap could become a permanent service. Wal-Mart spokesman Ravi Jariwala said the chain doesn't have specific metrics to...

  • US minimum wage hikes to impact Walmart Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    Minimum wage hikes across the US will prompt Wal-Mart Stores to adjust base salaries at 1,434 stores, impacting about a third of its U.S. locations.

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 6:06 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 94 or. 7 percent, to $144.15. Target rose$. 19 or. 3 percent, to $74.69. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 28 or. 3 percent, to $86.66.

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 23 Dec 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 $1.68 or 1.2 percent, to $144.89. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 67 or. 8 percent, to $87.05.

  • Barnes & Noble regains full ownership of Nook unit Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    Barnes& Noble said Tuesday it bought Pearson Inc.' s stake in Nook for about $27.7 million in cash and stock. Barnes& Noble paid Pearson $13.8 million in cash and about 603,000 shares of its own stock, which closed at $23.12 on Monday. Earlier this month Barnes& Noble agreed to buy back Microsoft Corp.' s stake in Nook for $125 million.

  • 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.

  • China's property tycoon finds path to billions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 7:19 PM ET

    Wang Jianlin built Dalian Wanda with a mix of political instincts and discipline, navigating the country's government-led business environment.

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 7:19 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $1.44 or 1.0 percent, to $143.21. Target rose$. 55 or. 7 percent, to $74.50. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose $1.22 or 1.4 percent, to $86.38.

  • In 1988, Wang left the army and borrowed 1 million yuan to start a real estate company in Dalian, northeast China. He attracted global firms such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Macquarie Group as partners. Now the company that pioneered mixed-use commercial developments in China is making its market debut on Tuesday in Hong Kong's biggest stock listing since 2010,...

  • 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....

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Monday, 22 Dec 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 $1.34 or. 9 percent, to $143.11. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 78 or. 9 percent, to $85.94.

  • It's down to the wire for online shopping Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    ATLANTA— As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays. FedEx predicted its busiest day would be a week earlier, on Dec. 15, when it expected to move 22.6 million...

  • 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.

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 44 or. 3 percent, to $142.21. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 81 or 1.0 percent, to $85.97.

  • Investors bet on the world's newest middle class Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    A customer browses men's shoes in the footwear department inside a Truworths International Ltd. fashion store in Sandton, South Africa

    Experts reveal which sectors in Africa are poised to make headway, and how investors are tapping in.

  • Skullcandy plants its flag in headphone wars Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    Headphone-maker Skullcandy has had a big year, and its CEO has a plan to keep the good times rolling through the holidays and beyond.

  • Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 7:36 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10. That opens up lots of strategies for shopping that will keep you out of the crazy lines in stores at noon on Christmas Eve.