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  1. February 26, 2015

    It takes more than $10 an hour to make a good US employer

    Digital data management systems are useful for retailers such as Walmart, which this month an­nounced that by 2016 it is...

  2. February 24, 2015

    Walmart pay rise obscures shift in US labour market

    Walmart employees may have cheered recent news that they had been given a pay rise. But for workers such as Fatmata Jabbie,...

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  1. February 20, 2015

    Everyday higher wages finally come to Walmart

    Walmart’s decision to raise the minimum wage of 500,000 of its lowest paid employees to $9 per hour in April — and to $10...

  2. February 20, 2015

    Walmart looks to Asda for inspiration

    Walmart’s decision to spend $1bn to boost the wages of 500,000 low-paid workers brings their pay more into line with that of...

  3. February 20, 2015

    Walmart sends wage signal to US business

    “Every time you use a self-checkout lane or a touchscreen ordering system, it’s a task that used be part of someone’s job...

  4. February 20, 2015

    Free Lunch: Walmart’s Damascene conversion

    Doing well by doing good Walmart, the supermarket Leviathan, announced it will raise starting wages for its US staff to $9...

  5. February 20, 2015

    US companies pay well and do better

    Did Christmas come late? Yesterday, Walmart was the latest major American employer to voluntarily announce a raise for all...

  6. February 19, 2015

    Walmart stirs hopes of a Fordist revival

    On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford stunned his competitors in the burgeoning Detroit auto industry by doing the unexpected. He...

  7. February 19, 2015

    Asda chief Andy Clarke warns of more turmoil for supermarkets

    The British grocery sector is set for two more years of turmoil, the chief executive of Asda warned, as the UK arm of US...

  8. February 19, 2015

    Walmart: at a minimum

    For its entire existence, Amazon has “invested” profits to keep prices low and build market share. The idea was that the...

  9. February 19, 2015

    Why Walmart’s raise is good for business

    Walmart’s decision to hike the wages of its lowest-paid employees is a big deal, and not just for those of Walmart’s workers...

  10. February 19, 2015

    Walmart to raise pay of 500,000 employees

    Walmart will spend $1bn to boost the wages of half a million low-paid workers, as the largest private sector employer in the...

  11. February 19, 2015

    Allan Leighton vows to end Co-op’s ‘underdog’ status

    Allan Leighton, the retail turnround specialist, has vowed to take the Co-operative Group “back to the future” as its first...

  12. February 3, 2015

    Staples and Office Depot in merger talks

    Staples has agreed to enter merger talks with its rival Office Depot, caving in to an activist investor’s pressure to...

  13. January 27, 2015

    Peppa Pig looks to become global star with revenues set to double

    Peppa Pig has cemented her status as an unlikely cultural icon, with the cartoon character’s distributor saying that...

  14. January 20, 2015

    Staples to reject call to buy Office Depot

    Staples, the US’s biggest stationery seller, is expected to reject a call by activist investor Starboard Value to merge with...

  15. January 18, 2015

    Sacking the boss is no panacea for a shrivelling stock price

    In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts had but one response to any question. It was always: “Off with...

  16. January 16, 2015

    US retailers stumble in Canada

    Less than two years after Target opened its first stores in Canada, the US retailer has found that its efforts north of the...

  17. January 15, 2015

    Rupert’s last hurrah should be to hold George to his North Sea pledge

    He never phones. He never emails. George Osborne’s top adviser Rupert Harrison long ago gave up lobbying this columnist to...

  18. beyondbrics

    January 14, 2015

    Electrostations help Mexico's anti-pollution drive

    Mexico’s traffic pollution is legendary. So how about a clean, green – and for now, at least, free – solution? The CFE, the...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

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    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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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:...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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