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  • Technology senses shoppers' habits to make advertising personal

    PITTSBURGH Walking by a department store perfume counter, a woman passes a digital sign glowing with the image of her favorite scent. By the time she reaches the shoe department, a coupon pops up on her smartphone offering an additional 30 percent off...
  • Mattel CEO Stockton resigns, struggling toy maker's preliminary 4Q results miss expectations

    Mattel Chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton has resigned after the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars reported fourth-quarter results that fell far short of analyst expectations. Shares of the El Segundo, California, company slumped Monday...
  • Valentine's Day spending expected to reach a record $18.9 billion.

    Valentine's Day spending expected to reach a record $18.9 billion.
    Can't buy love? Tell that to the lovebirds expecting to shell out $18.9 billion for Valentine's Day, the most since the National Retail Federation began tracking the holiday 12 years ago. Though the proportion of Americans who say they celebrate...
  • Amazon to start collecting Illinois sales tax

     Amazon to start collecting Illinois sales tax
    Amazon.com will start collecting sales tax from Illinois shoppers Feb. 1, the e-commerce giant said Friday, in compliance with a new state law that aims to treat online and brick-and-mortar retailers equally. The law, which went into effect Jan. 1,...
  • Supreme Court won't hear challenge from retailers over debit card swipe fees

    Supreme Court won't hear challenge from retailers over debit card swipe fees
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for handling debit card transactions. The justices let stand a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the Fed's...
  • Federal mediator to help resolve West Coast port contract dispute

    West Coast dockworkers and their shipping line employers have agreed to federal mediation to help resolve a contract dispute that has been partly blamed for severe congestion at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The request for federal help, from...
  • Holiday retail sales growth was better than expected

    A rebounding economy and big discounts encouraged Americans to spend more briskly in stores than expected during the winter holiday shopping season. Sales at 1,000 retail chains nationwide rose 4.6% to $270.1 billion in November and December,...
  • House GOP chips away at Obamacare, voting to redefine full-time work

    Congressional Republicans renewed their assault Thursday on the Affordable Care Act, as the House passed legislation to redefine the law's definition of full-time work, a key detail that would affect how employers must provide health benefits to workers....
  • Retailers expect even stronger growth in 2015

     Retailers expect even stronger growth in 2015
    The stars are aligning for a robust year in retail — but the spoils aren't likely to be shared equally. Decreasing unemployment, brightening consumer confidence and plummeting gas prices point to a boost in consumer spending in 2015 that should be...
  • Drop in December retail sales adds doubt to strength of U.S. economy

    Retail sales took an unexpected slip in December, a signal that shoppers kept a tight watch on their holiday spending despite a boost from falling gasoline prices and a better job market. In December, retail sales dropped 0.9% to $442.9 billion, the...
  • Holiday sales rise 4 percent, but December disappoints

    Holiday sales rise 4 percent, but December disappoints
    2014 holiday retail sales increased 4 percent from the previous year, marking a "successful" season, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday, but Commerce Department figures for December alone painted a less rosy picture. The retail federation...