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  1. November 27, 2014

    Black Friday buoys hopes for retailers

    US consumer confidence has been rising all year and sharply lower oil prices have sparked optimism among investors in retail...

  2. November 27, 2014

    US retailers prepare for Black Friday bumper sales

    US retailers are readying for bumper Black Friday sales by opening stores earlier than usual and carving into the time...

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  1. November 23, 2014

    US retailers move Black Friday sales push online

    The race is on. Retailers have kicked off the holiday shopping season earlier than ever this year, moving the battle for...

  2. November 19, 2014

    Target jumps after hitting earnings mark

    Retail stocks had a good day even as the overall US market fell on better than expected results, ahead of the key holiday...

  3. November 12, 2014

    Opinion: Hackers cost retailers dear

    Companies may not know it, but it is highly likely they have already been hacked. Hardly a day goes by without a security...

  4. September 18, 2014

    Home Depot attack bigger than Target’s

    Home Depot said on Thursday that up to 56m payment card details may have been affected when it was hit by hackers, making...

  5. September 18, 2014

    Corporate pressure on NFL mounts

    Target has withdrawn all of the merchandise related to one of the National Football League’s leading players as corporate...

  6. September 3, 2014

    Home Depot probes possible data theft

    Home Depot, the largest DIY chain in the US, sought to reassure consumers as it investigated reports of a mass theft of...

  7. August 21, 2014

    US retail: not sure what is in store

    The post-results conference call has a patented script for troubled retailers. Blame an external factor (weather!) for weak...

  8. August 20, 2014

    Cyber attack takes toll on Target

    Target has slashed its full-year profit outlook amid stagnant sales, fallout from a botched expansion in Canada and battered...

  9. July 31, 2014

    Target turns to PepsiCo for new head

    Target has appointed Brian Cornell from PepsiCo as its first chief executive from outside the company since the...

  10. July 6, 2014

    US companies caught in crossfire on right to carry guns in stores

    Brandon Randall grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota where every family home stored licensed guns and most weekend...

  11. May 21, 2014

    Target cuts forecast after data breach

    Target’s first-quarter profit fell more than expected and the US retailer cut its full-year forecast as it continued to reel...

  12. May 5, 2014

    Target chief steps down after data breach

    Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s chief executive, has resigned from the US retailer after a disastrous cybersecurity breach that...

  13. April 23, 2014

    AB Foods: UK retailers in the US

    At least it will be easy for bargain hunters to find. Primark’s decision to locate its first US outlet on the site of...

  14. March 5, 2014

    Target’s IT chief resigns in wake of data breach

    Target has announced the resignation of its chief information officer and an overhaul of its information security and...

  15. February 26, 2014

    Abercrombie in vogue with investors

    Abercrombie & Fitch rallied 9 per cent after the company’s fourth-quarter profit topped expectations and the retailer said...

  16. February 26, 2014

    Target earnings top shrunken expectations

    Target Corp’s holiday quarter earnings beat expectations, sending shares higher, even as the US discount retailer dealt with...

  17. January 29, 2014

    Target shrugs off Canada woes

    Target is pushing ahead with its expansion into Canada, despite soaring costs and a cyber hacking crisis in the US discount...

  18. January 27, 2014

    US retailers unite to boost defences against cyber criminals

    US big box retailers are joining forces to strengthen their defences against cyber criminals following data breaches that...

  19. January 24, 2014

    FBI warns retailers of more cyber attacks

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned US retailers they may face further cyber attacks after detecting 20 hacking...

  20. January 17, 2014

    Target was not sole cyber attack victim

    The malware used to steal tens of millions of customer credit-card details from Target over Thanksgiving has been deployed...

  21. January 15, 2014

    Target data theft sounds wake-up call for retailers

    Confessing to a cyber attack used to be an eerily quiet business. Shares could shrug and sales remain steady when...

  22. January 10, 2014

    Target sales hit by data breach

    A huge theft of payment card data from Target is causing financial harm to the US retailer as it admitted that its sales had...

  23. December 27, 2013

    Encrypted PIN data taken in Target breach

    The theft of credit and debit card data from Target extended to encrypted personal identification numbers, the retailer said...

  24. December 19, 2013

    Target security breach hits 40m customer accounts

    Thieves have stolen credit card data from up to 40m Target shoppers in a huge security breach that has hit the US retailer...

  25. December 1, 2013

    US Thanksgiving sales set to be down

    US retail sales are likely to be down on last year in the four days from Thanksgiving to Sunday despite the early opening of...

  26. November 21, 2013

    US retailers lack Christmas cheer

    Target, Sears and Abercrombie & Fitch have joined a roll call of retailers reporting weak pre-Christmas results as the...

  27. October 1, 2013

    Bulls unfazed by weak earnings forecasts

    Corporate America is once more pouring cold water on expectations for its quarterly results, but Wall Street investors say...

  28. September 18, 2013

    London Fashion Week: The creativity behind the commerce

    “The fashion industry is beginning to be taken seriously by the wider business community” – so said UK business secretary...

  29. August 23, 2013

    Week in review, August 24

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Corporate person in the news: Meg...

  30. August 21, 2013

    Target warns of cautious consumers

    Target forecast that consumers would remain “cautious” in their spending for the rest of the year, as the US discount...

  31. August 19, 2013

    Target / Walmart: wagers, please

    For Americans, there is something uniquely depressing about bad quarterly results from Walmart. The company employs 1.3m...

  32. August 16, 2013

    Activists often more spoilers than saviours

    This autumn marks the 25th anniversary of the epic struggle in 1988 for RJR Nabisco, a deal remembered mainly for how much...

  33. July 15, 2013

    Loblaw pays $12bn for pharmacy chain

    Loblaw, Canada’s biggest retailer, is bulking up in the face of stiffer competition in its home market by paying C$12.4bn...

  34. July 3, 2013

    Retail: A difficult brief

    Not long after Marc Bolland became chief executive of Marks and Spencer in May 2010, he likened the high-street retailer to...

  35. June 27, 2013

    US to suspend Bangladesh trade privileges

    The Obama administration has decided to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh, citing its poor labour standards after a...

  36. May 22, 2013

    US stocks step back from intraday highs

    An afternoon sell-off knocked US stocks back from intraday record highs as investors weighed the Federal Reserve’s...

  37. May 22, 2013

    US consumers’ tight budget takes toll on Target sales

    Target added to signs that US consumers remain on tight budgets by reporting an unexpected fall in sales following similarly...

  38. May 12, 2013

    Dillard’s: not just window-dressing

    Among the US department stores, there is one that is often overlooked. Dillard’s is smaller and less well known than Macy’s,...

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