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  Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 1:40 PM ET

Why These Retailers May Beat Sales Estimates Tomorrow

Folks are starting to speculate about whether September chain-store sales can be seen as a barometer of how Christmas holiday sales will ring in.

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  Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 2:40 PM ET

Price Wars in Toyland: Target To Match Wal-Mart's Cuts

Let the holiday price wars begin.

Target is expected to announce that it will match toy price discounts put in place last week by rival Wal-Mart Stores .

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  Monday, 5 Oct 2009 | 1:06 PM ET

PepsiCo Names Foss to Head Bottling Operations

Following on the heels of its S-4 filing last week, PepsiCo announced Monday it plans to name Eric Foss to head up the company's bottling business once it completes its acquisition of Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas .

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  Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 3:18 PM ET

Pepsi Shares Pop as a Key Investor Worry Fizzles

PepsiCo shares rallied Friday as the beverage company inched closer to the dawn of a new Pepsi generation.

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  Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 5:04 PM ET

Toymakers Stress Value for the Holidays

You can tell it's getting close to Christmas by the frequency of the "hot toy" lists.

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  Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | 12:50 PM ET

Stingy Santa Is Coming Back This Holiday Season

Retailers, take a cue from Wal-Mart Stores: Shoppers will again be making a list and checking it twice this holiday season.

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  Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 5:46 PM ET

Will a $10 Hamster Have Them Fighting in the Aisles?

Maybe it's a sign of the times when one of the toys predicted to be among the top sellers this Christmas Holiday is a $10 Zhu Zhu pet hamster.

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  Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 3:28 PM ET

Hot Holiday Toys from Toys 'R Us

2009's Hot Holiday Toys

What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest U.S. toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.With consumers still watching their spending carefully, one theme that stands out  is a focus on value. Toys on the list range from $10 (squeaking Zhu Zhu interactive hamsters )  to about $350 (Disney 's Netpals netbook computer). Click ahead to see which toys made the cut. 
What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest U.S. toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.With consumers still watching their spending carefully, one theme that stands out  is a focus on value. Toys on the list range from $10 (squeaking Zhu Zhu interactive hamsters )  to about $350 (Disney 's Netpals netbook computer). Click ahead to see which toys made the cut. 

What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest US toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.

With consumers still watching their spending carefully, one theme that stands out is a focus on value. Toys on the list range from $10 (squeaking Zhu Zhu interactive hamsters) to about $350 (Disney 's Netpals netbook computer).

Click ahead to see which toys made the cut.

By Christina Cheddar Berk Posted 24 Sept 2009

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  Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

Don't Bet on Retailers to Boost Hiring This Holiday Season

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

Unemployed workers, who are looking forward to the holiday season, in the hope that they can snag a seasonal retail job may be disappointed.

The retail workforce is more stable than it's been in a long time, and that may put a damper on holiday hiring, consultants said.

With the unemployment rate skyrocketing toward 10 percent, fewer people have had the confidence to leave their jobs, even when they aren’t ideal. This trend has reached into the retail sector, where a preliminary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a voluntary turnover rate of 2 percent in July for the industry.

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  Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 3:38 PM ET

Unwrapping Toys 'R Us's Holiday Plans

This week Toys 'R Us announced it was opening new "Holiday Express" toy stores in malls and Babies 'R Us locations across the country.

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