Stories by Anne D'Innocenzio

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Target reports quarterly losses from Canada pullout

NEW YORK - Target Corp. delivered a cautious profit outlook for the first quarter and reported a loss in its fourth quarter, dragged down by costs associated with liquidating its Canadian stores.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart workers to get pay raises

Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart workers to get pay raises as part of $1B investment.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Home Depot hiring more than 80,000 workers for spring

Home Depot plans to hire more than 80,000 workers for spring season, level with a year ago.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

J.C. Penney zeros in on hair salons as key to recovery

No more bad hair days: J.C. Penney aims to give its hair salons a refresh.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Wal-Mart tests gift card exchange

NEW YORK - Starting Christmas Day, Wal-Mart is letting customers exchange gift cards from more than 200 retailers, airlines and restaurants for a Wal-Mart card. The cards don't expire and can be ...
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

3 major teen retailers face sales declines

NEW YORK - Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult. Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

These retailers could use some holiday cheer

Four retailers that are wishing for some serious holiday cheer, and that might be tough.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

NEW YORK — An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Target sees higher profit in third quarter

NEW YORK - Target reported a 3.2 percent rise in its third-quarter profit and beat Wall Street expectations as shoppers spent more on beauty products, toys and back-to-school items.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Novice crafters can find how-to guides

NEW YORK - Inspired by that colorful homemade gingerbread on Instagram or the hand-painted coasters on Pinterest, but worried about your skills? Don't fret.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Wal-Mart sales perk up ahead of holiday

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Macy's 3Q profit tops Street, cuts 2014 outlook

Macy's 3Q profit beats Wall Street's view, lowers full-year earnings forecast.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Home Depot: Hackers also stole 53 million e-mail addresses

NEW YORK - Hackers stole 53 million email addresses in addition to customers' card data, Home Depot said Thursday.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Toy makers' new darlings: tiny critics on YouTube

At a time when toy sales have stagnated for years at $22 billion, children who review toys on YouTube are wielding increasing influence.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Wal-Mart to offer free shipping on top holiday items

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film Frozen, starting ...
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Strategy helps nab holiday toys

NEW YORK — Toy sellers are increasingly catering to time-starved, budget-conscious shoppers with new features on Web sites or improved layouts in the toy aisle.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Wal-Mart eliminates health care insurance coverage for some part-time workers

In a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs, Wal-Mart plans to cut health insurance for about 30,000 part-time employees.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Holiday sales seen rising 4.1%

National Retail Federation: Holiday sales to rise 4.1 percent, highest rate in 3 years.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Sears to raise cash through Canadian sale

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears, sorely in need of cash, is selling most of its stake in its Canadian unit to raise as much as $380 million.
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Stormwater fee could be delayed

The commission is taking a look at placing the stormwater fee on property tax bills instead of water bills and delaying implementation beyond a planned July start date, City Administrator Janice ...
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