| Jun 13, 2013
| 12:43 PM
Punky apparel chain Hot Topic Inc. is getting raked over the coals by rock 'n' roll queen bee Joan Jett, whose Blackheart Records Group Inc. is accusing the clothier of ripping off the Blackheart name for a new lingerie line.
Blackheart sued Hot Topic...
| May 23, 2013
| 11:34 AM
Kmart’s woes — sliding sales, worried investors — would make any retailer want to curse. But as it turns out, the discounter’s dirty mouth may prove to be a saving grace.
The chain, which has a bit of a fuddy-duddy reputation,...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:55 AM
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching, but according to one research group, consumers have crowned the retailer they think provides the best value: Amazon.com.
The online retailer has many of its brick-and-mortar competitors hustling to...
| May 22, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Devotees of Nutella hazelnut chocolate spread can call off the riots -- the brand’s Italian parent Ferrero says it reached a peaceful understanding with the superfan founder of World Nutella Day, an annual appreciation event that the company tried...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Safeway Inc. stock slid nearly 20% in morning trading Thursday as the Northern California supermarket giant – facing competition from dollar stores and Wal-Mart – reported flat revenue in the first quarter.
The Pleasanton company said...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 8:15 AM
Kohl’s Corp., one of the largest department store chains in the country, said it will hire more than 52,700 holiday workers for the 2012 holiday shopping season, the busiest of the year.
That’s 10% more seasonal workers than it hired last...
| May 23, 2013
| 8:57 AM
The week before the Memorial Day holiday has been a busy one for retailers. Here's a sampling of happenings from Mattel, J.C. Penney and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Mattel: As the El Segundo-based toymaker adapts to its newly created North America division, it...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 7:00 AM
In the next six months, half of American consumers said they’ll buy luxury goods – just nothing too extravagant, according to a new report.
Restrained purchases are key, according to a survey from consulting company Accenture.
Out of more...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 11:28 AM
Days before the annual mob scene that is Black Friday, a consumer advocacy group is urging parents to take a closer look at the Christmas toys they’re gearing up to buy.
Several popular products may pose safety risks to children, according to...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 7:55 AM
A welcome trinity of factors -- perkier job prospects, summer temperatures and more affordable prices -- helped retail sales in June beat expectations.
Same-store sales at shops open at least a year -- a measure that strips out the volatility of...
| Feb 2, 2013
Don't think of it as rush hour. Think of all those burning brake lights on the 101 as your own little red-light district, as beacons to fun and conviviality.
Follow them to Ventura Boulevard, off Coldwater, then left, to a nondescript storefront,...