Stories 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 Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Sunday, Oct. 26, 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.
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
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Local merchants welcome Small Business Saturday

With having to compete with e-commerce and national retailers during the holiday season, local merchants welcome the spotlight that comes with Small Business Saturday.
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