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Hoping to offset a disappointing holiday season, Target is relying on some tried and true designer partnerships to bring more of its core customers through the doors and testing the waters with cult favorite Apple, in an effort to attract new ones.
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On the heels of a record Black Friday followed by a Cyber Monday that went down as the highest-grossing online shopping day in U.S. history, there's one thing retailers know for sure -- shoppers love a good deal.
Larger -- and younger -- crowds jammed the nation's malls and big box stores on Black Friday, as a new generation got in on one of the biggest sales days of the year.
Big-box stores are stealing Thanksgiving, and their workers aren't happy about it. After Target decreed that Black Friday would start at midnight Thanksgiving night and that employees must report to work at 11 p.m., an Omaha worker, Anthony Hardwick, posted a petition at Change.org asking the company to move the official start of Christmas shopping back to 5 a.m. Friday. Response from workers and others has been stellar: 192,000 signatures by Monday.
Thanks to earlier-than-ever store openings, Black Friday has eaten into Thanksgiving Day, but that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice the holiday to get in on the best deals.
For Anthony Hardwick, Thanksgiving has special meaning. Last year, he proposed to his girlfriend, Denise, in front of her whole family during the holiday.
Not to be outdone by Target or Sears, Best Buy said it will open its doors nationwide at midnight Thanksgiving to get a jump start on Black Friday electronics' sales.
A woman is in critical condition after being struck in the head by a falling shopping cart, which police allege a group of adolescents pushed off the fourth story of a parking garage in East Harlem, authorities said Monday.
For shoppers eager to get a head start on their holiday shopping, Target is opening its doors nationwide at midnight on Black Friday.
In the days following the launch of the highly popular Missoni for Target collection, demand for the colorful knits, zigzag totes and retro bicycles caused prices to skyrocket on sites like eBay and Craigslist. Among the marked-up items was a Missoni for Target throw blanket listed on eBay for $200, nearly five times its retail price. Yet one woman thinks she can get an even better return on the items she nabbed.
Just one day after the launch of the Missoni for Target collection brought the retailer's web site to its knees, a secondary market for the items -- many of which sold out in a matter of hours -- has already sprung up on eBay and Craigslist.
Talk about an overwhelming response.
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Across America, people have been cutting back on their spending as they adjust to these difficult economic times. They've been cutting back on travel. They've been cutting back on going out to dinner. They've been cutting back on how much they spend at the store.
Two years ago this month, Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke dropped a bomb on the retailing world by announcing that the company would spearhead an audacious effort to create a "sustainability index" that would reassure the environmental and social impact of every product sold in its stores. Though the move was generally praised by environmentalists, Wal-Mart had not suddenly turned green -- it turns out a vast amount of money is to be made by reducing energy and waste up and down the supply chain. As the world's largest company, Wal-Mart had the clout to enforce its implied threat, later made explicit by Duke's lieutenants: Treat the planet well and get prime access to its 200 million customers each week; pollute and despoil, and you will be shunned.
On Sunday, Target will give away 1 million reusable bags in celebration of Earth Day.
A pro-gay marriage group can continue to picket Target stores in California but must do so 30 feet away from a store entrance, a judge has ruled.
Shopping at a mall that's hidden behind metal detectors and surrounded by airplanes is already exciting. Add the possibility of saving money and fliers know: It's hard to resist the lure of duty free at the airport.
Wal-Mart's slogan may be "Save Money. Live Better," but rival Target is challenging it by offering even lower prices on everyday products.
With the G-20 conference wrapped up, investors this week will turn their attention to the all-important U.S. consumer -- as reports show how much they've been buying and how optimistic they are.
Sometimes the best thing retailers can do these days is hand over part of their store to someone else.
U.S. stocks ended mixed Thursday afternoon, as the dollar strengthened and investors mulled a rise in jobless claims and softer-than-expected same-store retail sales ahead of the December jobs report due Friday.
As the curtain lifts on 2011, the nation's retailers are celebrating one of the most robust holiday sales periods that they've had in years.
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While your 8-year-old might not be coding websites or whizzing through Excel spreadsheets just yet, it's not too soon to get him or her a tech-driven gift this holiday season.
Online sales increased on "Black Friday" this year, but not nearly as much as they did on Thanksgiving.
Black Friday shoppers piled on top of each other as the doors opened to a Target store in Buffalo. WIVB has the video.
Want to dress like Drew Barrymore or Cameron Diaz without a blockbuster budget? Bargain-hunting fashionistas are counting down to Sunday, when Gaby Basora's new Tucker for Target line goes on sale -- the latest in the retailer's limited-edition designer collections.
Stocks closed out their worst week in three months on Friday, but it's a new week on Wall Street and investors are bracing for a slew of economic and corporate news to help set the tone.
Here's a sampling of what Black Friday shoppers at Target stores could score this year: $3 appliances, deep deals on HDTVs and 50% off on clothes and toys, according to a website that says it has received a leaked copy of the retailer's circular.
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Keeping your fingers crossed for a temp job during the holiday shopping rush?
The back-to-school shopping season got off to a sluggish start in July, as retailers reported mixed sales for the month Thursday.
Sales at major retailers rose for a 10th straight month in June, but mixed results reported Thursday signaled that consumers are still cautious.
Dollar General was one of the few retail bright spots during the recession. Its success was a direct barometer of the economy: The worse Americans felt about their finances, the more they sought out the retailer's low-priced goods.
On June 6, Target will become the first brick-and-mortar retailer to sell Amazon's Kindle electronic reader at its stores across the United States, the company said on Wednesday.
Consumers pulled out their wallets and hit their favorite discount and department stores in May, helping retailers post their ninth straight month of increasing sales.
It certainly looks like happy days are here again. Many of the nation's biggest retailers, including Saks, Hewlett-Packard, Home Depot, and Target have released cheery sales reports. April's jobs reports showing a slight increase in the workweek and pay for workers, and more hiring across the board.
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After a very long and painful wait for retailers, shoppers finally came through in the last month of the year to lift crucial holiday store sales.
Have you seen that Target commercial where the guy gives his date a beautiful necklace, only to have the woman look kind of uncomfortable and announce that she didn't think they were quite "there" yet?
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Retailers placed a lot of hope on the Thanksgiving weekend gift buying this year, but merchants failed to get the big sales boost they were seeking.
It's that time of year to make your list, check it twice -- and hit the stores. Happily, some retailers today are realizing that shoppers want a healthy experience as well as bargains.
With the holiday shopping season upon us, recession-minded retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart have created apps that let people buy products directly from their smartphones.
There's no need to get up at the crack of dawn to battle bargain-thirsty shoppers on Black Friday. But you can still score the best deals while you're still wearing bunny slippers.
Target is hoping to lure this year's Black Friday shoppers with $3 toasters and coffeemakers, deep deals on high-definition televisions, and discounts of 50% on clothes and toys, according to a Web site that says it has received a leaked copy of the retailer's circular.
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Discount retailer Target is offering up to half off of popular toys like Barbie and Fisher Price to lure bargain hunters this holiday season, said a company statement released Wednesday.
Wal-Mart has won market share during the recession by relentlessly lowering prices -- a strategy echoed in its advertising slogan, "Save Money. Live Better."
Merchants suffered their second-worst monthly sales of the year in July -- a trend that could signal that the back-to-school shopping season, the second-biggest selling period of the year, will be much weaker than expected.
If Target builds it, will shoppers come?
For a company that has made such beauty out of a simple bull's-eye, it is a painful irony: Target, the $65 billion retail giant, has itself become a target. Wielding the bow and arrow is William Ackman, the activist investor and founder of Pershing Square Capital Management, who sank $2 billion of his investors' money into the company back in 2007 - just before the global recession hit the fun- and fashion-loving Target shopper.
Over the last several years, we as Americans became "negative net savers" -- a fancy term used by pointy-headed economists to say that we spent more money than we made. In fact, our savings rate was at negative 2.7 percent as recently as four years ago.
Retail sales were dismal last year and analysts are predicting another rough patch ahead - some spring merchandise is already hitting the sale rack.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, reported unexpectedly strong sales Thursday, a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy retail market. U.S. same-store sales increased 5.1% compared to February 2008, not counting fuel sales. Fortune spoke with ThinkEquity analyst Edward Weller about Wal-Mart's results and the broader retail market. Excerpts:
Target Corp. this month will open 27 new stores employing a total of more than 4,300 people, the company said.
Target Corp. reported a nearly 24% decline in third-quarter net income Monday as the weak economy continues to weigh on consumer spending.
Target Corp.'s second-quarter profit slipped as the discount retailer faced more frugal consumers and difficulties in its credit card business, the company said Tuesday. But the results still managed to beat analysts' estimates.
You'd think Robert Ulrich would be warming up for his victory lap right about now. The soon-to-retire CEO of Target Corp. should be easing into a lavish farewell tour filled with teary thank-yous, champagne-soaked sendoffs, and a book of leadership secrets. After all, in his 23 years at Target (almost 14 of them as CEO), Ulrich has transformed a Midwestern discounter into one of the most admired and imitated companies in the world. Target now ranks 33rd on the Fortune 500 - making it bigger than Microsoft, Pfizer, and PepsiCo, and more than double the size of Cisco Systems.
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For decades now, Target Corp. has done a fantastic job of getting investors and shoppers alike to focus more on its ads featuring its perky English Bull Terrier than it has on Robert Ulrich, the CEO and chairman of the $63 billion company.
For nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been outperformed by Target Corp. when it mattered the most - at holiday shopping time.
Target Corp., the nation's second-largest discount retailer after Wal-Mart, posted third-quarter earnings Tuesday that missed analysts' estimates as profits were dented by softer sales of pricier products.
Target Corp. has recalled about 82,000 sports-themed rattles made in China because of a choking hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Tuesday.
If you're thinking about buying hand tools for that lucky lady in your life -- or if that lady is you -- the home-improvement industry is clamoring to sell the long-neglected do-it-herselfer lightweight hammers and hacksaws with ergonomic grips.
Two of the nation's leading retailers - discounter Target Corp. and home improvement merchant Lowe's Cos. - both tempered their sales forecasts on Monday, creating more uncertainty about the upcoming holiday shopping season.
Target Corp. said Monday it still expects its July sales at stores open at least a year to rise 5 to 7 percent.
Pershing Square Capital Management, a hedge fund headed by activist investor William Ackman, disclosed a sizeable stake in retailer Target Corp. in a Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory filing on Monday.
Target Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profits that beat estimates as price-conscious shoppers continue to prefer its discount stores over that of key rival Wal-Mart.
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Colder temperatures, post-Christmas clearance sales and gift card redemptions helped retailers post decent sales last month but the gains were much weaker than a year earlier.
Chalk it up to the company's eye-popping ads or its "cheap chic" merchandise, but Target has been one of the biggest retail success stories of the past decade.
Luxury handbag maker Coach is suing Target Corp., alleging that the discounter sold what it believes is a counterfeit Coach bag in at least one of its stores.
Denim fashions may be all the rage this fall, but Erica Green cares more about dressing up her dorm room than dressing up herself. Green, an incoming junior at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, plans to spend more than $500 on furnishings, from bright blue butterfly chairs and rugs to a TV-DVD combo unit.
Target Corp. on Thursday posted a third-quarter profit that rose from a year ago, driven by solid sales at its namesake discount stores.
Early sales results Thursday for the month of October suggest that shoppers are feverishly buying new clothes and accessories just in time for the gift-giving season.
Looking for a good holiday stocking stuffer? Shares of retailer Target Corp. might make for a jolly treat.
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Target Corp. recalled 59,000 electric scooters Thursday due to a possible fire or shock hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported.
Investors may face another uneventful trading day on Tuesday, with no major U.S. economic indicators due until Wednesday.
Target Corp.'s sales warning Tuesday, on the heels of rival Wal-Mart's own caution a day earlier, is causing industry watchers to wonder if consumer spending is beginning to cool off.
Target Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings Thursday that beat Wall Street forecasts on the back of strong sales growth at its namesake Target discount chain.
Target Corp. has folded its catalog business that includes five print titles, focusing instead on making its Target.direct business a pure online retail operation, according to a published report.
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