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  1. December 17, 2014

    Pocatello, Playwrights Horizons, New York — review

    Give credit to Playwrights Horizons: in the midst of the holiday season, with joy blaring relentlessly from every shop and...

  2. December 2, 2014

    Walmart to cut 250 jobs in China

    Walmart is to cut 250 jobs in its Chinese operational division and shutter a regional management office in the northeast as...

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  1. December 1, 2014

    US retailers eye sales rebound

    US retailers were banking on record Cyber Monday spending to make up for a worse than expected sales slip over the...

  2. November 28, 2014

    Early opening eases US Black Friday rush

    Black Friday shoppers in the US were in less of a flap this year than usual, as earlier store opening took a bite out of the...

  3. November 28, 2014

    UK opens door to Black Friday shopping mayhem

    I hate shopping. My kids used to beg me not to take them to the supermarket because I became so grouchy when I couldn’t find...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. November 27, 2014

    Walmart cuts staff in China

    Walmart is laying off about 30 mid-level managers as part of a larger restructuring of its China business, a company...

  7. Lex Live

    November 26, 2014

    Amazon: a valuation debate

    Lex has long argued that Amazon, despite being a stunningly successful and wildly interesting company, is overpriced. Our...

  8. 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...

  9. November 20, 2014

    US retail groups shop at home rather than abroad

    As America’s retailers prepare for their busiest period of the year, there is one item unlikely to be in stock:...

  10. November 14, 2014

    US retailers: running on empty

    There will be no coal in Christmas stockings this year. They will be brimming with shale oil instead. Or so investors in US...

  11. November 13, 2014

    Asda sales fall amid price war

    Underlying sales at Asda have gone backwards, as the grocery price war has taken its toll on what has been the best...

  12. November 13, 2014

    Low petrol price powers Walmart earnings

    Walmart, the world’s largest retailer by revenue, said it was “cautiously optimistic” about the vital end-of-year shopping...

  13. November 12, 2014

    Competition in retail space heats up

    Hointer, a jeans store based in Seattle that was founded by former Amazon executive Nadia Shouraboura, points to one...

  14. November 12, 2014

    Apps bring web shopping to life

    When Asda wanted to bring Halloween to life in its stores, it turned to augmented reality. The British arm of Walmart used...

  15. November 10, 2014

    Republicans signal demise of internet sales tax bill

    Bricks-and-mortar retailers have become the first US business group to be disappointed by Republicans since their midterm...

  16. FT Alphaville

    October 29, 2014

    This is BABA, what's your target price? [updated]

    First on Alibaba, the FT reports that the Cayman registered derivative contract vaguely related to ecommerce in China — and...

  17. October 28, 2014

    Alibaba’s market value nudges Walmart

    Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce behemoth that listed in New York last month, briefly muscled ahead of Walmart by one...

  18. October 27, 2014

    CVS and Rite Aid block Apple Pay mobile payments service

    Apple’s new mobile payments service has been blocked by US stores including CVS and Rite Aid that have signed up to a rival...

  19. October 26, 2014

    Obamacare’s drip-fed success

    Until recently it was seen as the political equivalent of Ebola. Yet President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act – known to...

  20. October 21, 2014

    Consumer stocks: change is bad

    A consumer behaviour observed less often these days: a shopping excursion to Walmart, followed by a stop at McDonald's for a...

  21. October 16, 2014

    Carrefour: aisle see you in Rio

    Where’s the growth in the grocery business? For Carrefour, in Brazil, of all places. Despite poor economic news from the...

  22. October 8, 2014

    Walmart axes health insurance for 28,000 part-timers

    Rising costs linked to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform have prompted Walmart, the US’s biggest retailer, to stop...

  23. September 11, 2014

    RadioShack: Last-drink saloon

    The last drink is always a mistake. The problem is that you never know which drink is the last until after its been drunk....

  24. September 9, 2014

    Rakuten in $1bn deal to buy US cashback shop site operator Ebates

    Rakuten, the Japanese ecommerce group founded by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, has agreed to acquire US cashback shopping...

  25. FT Alphaville

    September 5, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Friday, - Koons’ work as the apotheosis of Walmart. - Goldman just says “vice president” to be polite. - A...

  26. August 31, 2014

    ‘The Impulse Society: What’s Wrong With Getting What We Want?’, by Paul Roberts

    Paul Roberts is disappointed and his disquiet is boundless. Facebook, General Motors, Wall Street, Carl Icahn, credit cards,...

  27. August 31, 2014

    Russia: faute de mieux

    The Russia of Vladimir Putin is a petrol station masquerading as a country, the US senator John McCain declared this year....

  28. 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...

  29. August 15, 2014

    BHP spin-off plans help push FTSE higher

    Spin-off plans by Anglo-Australian mining heavyweight BHP Billiton are helping London stocks finish the trading week on a...

  30. August 14, 2014

    Walmart: crazy idea time

    It is crazy idea time at Walmart. Same-store sales growth in the US was once again non-existent in the quarter reported on...

  31. August 14, 2014

    Asda overtakes Marks and Spencer in clothing market

    Asda has overtaken Marks and Spencer to become Britain’s second-biggest clothing retailer by volume, as the UK arm of...

  32. August 14, 2014

    Walmart cuts outlook amid high costs

    Walmart has lowered its full-year forecast, blaming higher online and staff healthcare costs after posting flat profit and...

  33. August 11, 2014

    India’s online retailers gear up for turf war

    When two young graduates of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2007 launched Flipkart, an Amazon-inspired online...

  34. August 6, 2014

    Multinationals fret as China’s antimonopoly probes intensify

    A growing number of the world’s most powerful brands, from Microsoft to Mercedes, are being targeted in antimonopoly...

  35. 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...

  36. July 31, 2014

    GE’s Synchrony prices IPO at low end

    Synchrony Financial, the North American store credit business of General Electric, raised $2.875bn with an initial public...

  37. July 28, 2014

    First Solar shines on rivals’ tariffs

    US solar manufacturers were buoyed by new Commerce Department duties targeting rivals in China and Taiwan that will see...

  38. July 24, 2014

    Walmart: way to grow

    Walmart did not say why Bill Simon, its US head, is leaving. It did not have to. The company is hardly growing in the US,...

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