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The 8 Retailers That Will Close the Most Stores in 2013

After years in an unsteady economic climate, being battered by e-commerce on one hand and more effective bricks-and-mortar competitors on the other, these eight chains need the relief that shrinking can provide. And this year, that's exactly what they'll get.

Walmart's Thanksgiving Opening May Add Nothing to Bottom Line

Walmart's Black Friday plan to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving with doorbuster deals is forcing other retailers to follow suit. This shift may or may not prove a winner with shoppers, but it's already upsetting retail workers -- and it may not even make a difference in boosting sales.

Target Joins the Black Friday Rush with Thankgiving Opening

Target's Black Friday Sale will begin at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year ago. The discounter joins several other major retailers, including Walmart, that are kicking off the holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving Day and staggering deals over the two-day period.

The Biggest Thing on Sale at Sears? Pieces of Sears

Sear announced this week that it will divest itself of more than 1,000 Hometown and Outlet stores, its latest move to find profits in spin offs. But does Sears have anything left that anyone wants to buy other than pieces of its business?

6 Stocks and 1 Fund That Have Already Doubled This Year

The S&P 500 soared 12% during the first three months of 2012, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq managed a nearly 19% spurt. Those are good numbers even for a whole year -- but these seven investments beat the indexes by huge margins.

The S&P 500's 10 Best Performers of 2012 (So Far)

The S&P 500 gained 4.4% in January, the biggest increase for that month in 15 years. But the 10 best performers in the index had share gains for the month from 27% to a whopping 77%. Which are these rising stars -- and which might have more room to rise? Read on:

Can 'The All American Store' Reverse Our Walmartization?

Walmart's conquest of of America embodies a decades-long drive toward the lowest common denominator, off-shoring jobs, maximizing profits and reducing quality. But is it a trend we can reverse? Deep in the heart of Ohio, a new store aims to try.

5 Big Retail Chains That Will Be Gone in 5 Years

Recently, we've bidden farewell to Borders, Circuit City and Linens 'n Things. Here are five more once-thriving chains that are probably doomed thanks to lousy management or just being in the wrong business at the wrong time.

How Sears Can Save Itself: Buy and Sell American

On Tuesday, Sears Holdings announced it would close as many as 120 Sears and Kmart stores after a holiday sales season in which it fell flat on its face. What Sears really needs is a new image -- an idea that will lure shoppers back. Could "Made in the USA" be it?

Is Sears Headed for Bankruptcy?

Shares of Sears Holdings fell 27% Tuesday on news that the retailer would close as many as 120 poorly performing Sears and Kmart stores -- an unusually harsh response to a cost-cutting measure. Clearly, investors are concerned that the problems run much deeper -- and they're right to worry.

Bad Holiday Sales Leads to Sears, Kmart Store Closings

Sears Holdings on Tuesday reported a sharp drop in holiday sales compared to a year ago, and said the results will force it to close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores. The company said the stores to be closed have yet to be identified.

Why Sears Will Never Be Great Again

When Sears and Kmart were merged into Sears Holdings by Eddie Lampert, it looked like he had a reasonable plan to reinvigorate the two battered retailers. What went wrong? Just about everything.

Will the Layaway Revival Come Back to Bite Retailers?

Layaway became obsolete in the bubble years, an anachronism from bygone times when many consumers couldn't access credit. In today's rough economy, layaway is making a comeback for the holidays. But for investors who hold certain retail stocks, this may mean lumps of coal in their portfolios.