Stories 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.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Future of denim uncertain amid yoga pants craze

NEW YORK - Americans' obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Sears 2Q loss widens on sluggish sales

Sears Holdings Inc. recorded a hefty second-quarter loss Thursday on another sales slump, raising more concerns about the future of a company that once was a staple of American shopping.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Target cuts outlook as breach fallout lingers

NEW YORK - Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish ...
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday amid sluggish sales, higher-than-expected health care costs and the need to invest more in its e-commerce operations.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Wal-Mart uses a test-and-learn approach

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart took what it learned from "Scan & Go" to create another service: It found that customers like being able to track their spending.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sales of gigantic televisions making gigantic leap

NEW YORK - People are snagging big screens - pushing sales of them up 50 percent in the past year while overall TV sales have faltered.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Friday, May 9, 2014

More consider resale value in purchases

NEW YORK - Americans increasingly are considering the resale value when they shop for everything from jeans to handbags. The habit is in part due to a growing number of web sites that make it easy ...
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Monday, May 5, 2014

Target CEO resigns

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel, who was also president and chairman, stepped down nearly five months after a huge breach when hackers stole millions of customers' credit-card records.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wal-Mart teams up with

The world’s largest retail­er wants to let shoppers quickly find and buy insurance policies online in real time to cut down costs.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wal-Mart, Wild Oats team up for cheaper organic foods

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Friday, March 21, 2014

Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices

Wal-Mart has rolled out an online tool that compares its prices on 80,000 food and household products with those of its competitors. If a lower price is found elsewhere, the discounter will refund ...
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Merger will yield the nation's fourth largest men's retail chain

Men's Wearhouse Inc. said Tuesday that it's buying its rival Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. for $1.8 billion.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Target tech chief resigns as it overhauls security

NEW YORK - Target Corp.'s executive ranks have suffered their first casualty since hackers stole credit card numbers and other personal data of millions of its shoppers last year.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Target faces bigger challenges than TJX

More than two months after it revealed that hackers stole credit card numbers and personal data of millions of its customers, Target's sales, profit and stock prices have dropped.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Mannequins get more realistic

Stores are using more realistic versions of the usually tall, svelte, faceless mannequins in windows and aisles. It's part of retailers' efforts to make them look more like the women who wear ...
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Breaches not changing habits, poll finds

American shoppers say they are very concerned about the safety of their personal information following a massive security breach at Target, but many aren't taking steps to ensure their data is ...
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Target breach appears to be part of broader scam

NEW YORK - The security breach that hit Target Corp. during the holiday season appears to have been part of a broader and highly sophisticated scam that potentially affected a large number of ...
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Top headlines

Partnerships needed in cyber sectors, NSA director says

Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, said the nation's security rests on breaking down bariers between private and government sectors specializing in cyber defense. ...
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