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  • The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about 50,000 more valid signatures than the 505,000 needed to qualify the referendum after a random sample of the signatures was tallied, said Bill Mabie, chief deputy for Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "California voters will now have the chance to vote down a terrible law that, if...

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 20 or. 1 percent, to $148.59. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $84.52.

  • NEW YORK— Wal-Mart is launching an online shop on its site that aims to help customers find products that are good for the environment from manufacturers that have been leaders in sustainability. The items are not being sold at a premium, says Rob Kaplan, Wal-Mart's director of product sustainability. The Sustainability Index analyzes and gathers information...

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 04 or percent, to $148.43. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 56 or. 7 percent, to $84.04.

  • Feb 24- Office Depot Inc said it expected sales to fall this year, mainly due to weak demand for office supplies and a stronger dollar. Office Depot's North America retail sales fell 7 percent in the fourth quarter, including the acquisition of OfficeMax. Staples said earlier this month that it would acquire Office Depot to better compete with online retailers.

  • Feb 24- Office supply retailer Office Depot Inc said it expected sales to fall this year due to challenging market conditions and a stronger dollar. Office Depot's North America retail sales fell 7 percent in the fourth quarter, including the acquisition of OfficeMax. This price gap is expected to hurt North America retail same-store sales at both Staples and...

  • Watch this part of Yellen’s remarks for a mover Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:50 AM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Greater clarity over an interest rate hike could come on Tuesday or Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks with Congress.

  • Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters Monday to four manufacturers, in Long Island, California and Utah, demanding detailed ingredient and quality control information on every herbal supplement they sell in New York state. The companies' products include the store-brand supplements Schneiderman ordered off the shelves at Walmart, Walgreen's,...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it opposes a new law in its home state of Arkansas to ban cities and counties from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Wal-Mart is based in Bentonville in northwest Arkansas. Opponents of it had urged Wal-Mart to speak out against the measure.

  • Long way to go in raising wages: David Axelrod Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 6:31 PM ET
    David Axelrod

    The minimum wage debate will be a key focus of the 2016 presidential election, the former senior advisor to President Obama told CNBC.

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 86 or. 6 percent, to $148.39. Target fell$. 18 or. 2 percent, to $76.69. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 30 or. 4 percent, to $84.60.

  • Watch this part of Yellen’s remarks for a mover Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 6:03 PM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Greater clarity over an interest rate hike could come on Tuesday or Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks with Congress.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, a move criticized by retail giant Wal-Mart and gay rights groups who said the prohibition damaged the state's image. Asa Hutchinson allowed legislation to go into law without his signature that...

  • A group of workers and supporters at the Faurecia SA seating plant in Cleveland plans a Tuesday march. The union has been trying to organize Nissan Motor Co.' s Canton, Mississippi, plant for years, and lost a 2008 worker vote at a Johnson Controls plant in nearby Madison that French-based Faurecia bought in 2011.. Protesters say Faurecia employees make a top wage...

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 1:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. fell$. 43 or. 3 percent, to $147.11. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 04 or percent, to $84.34.

  • Target slices free-shipping minimum in half to $25 Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Target has sliced its minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25 as the Internet becomes a bigger and bigger sales hub for retailers. The minimum takes aim at competitors Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, both of which have higher minimums for standard purchases, and could be another step in a slow march among retailers toward...

  • Feb 23- Target Corp halved the size of online orders eligible for free shipping to $25, undercutting Amazon.com Inc and traditional rival Wal-Mart Stores Inc as it focuses on its online business. Amazon offers free shipping on orders worth at least $35 and Walmart.com $50. This translates into about $1.83 billion for Target, based on the average analyst...

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. fell$. 01 or percent, to $147.53. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 22 or. 3 percent, to $84.52.

  • What Target is doing to get your online business Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    Target cut its eligibility for free-shipping of online orders by half to $25 as the company focuses more on its online division.

  • Feb 23- Target Corp cut its eligibility for free-shipping of online orders by half to $25 as the company focuses more on its online division to better compete against Amazon.com Inc and traditional rival Wal-Mart Stores Inc.. Target's online and mobile offerings include target.com and Cartwheel, a digital coupon app. The company said the cut follows an...