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Market Minute: Nordstrom 4th-Quarter Net Income Rises

Luxury spending has rebounded since 2009, but Nordstrom is grappling with new demands from shoppers armed with smartphones and tablets. That's pushing the department store, considered the gold standard in customer service, to redefine the term for a new era.

Don't Wait Until Super Saturday: This Weekend's Best Deals

Next weekend brings Super Saturday -- the last Saturday before Christmas, and one of the busiest shopping days of the year. If you don't want to get stuck in the mob scene, you should finish your shopping sooner -- like now. To help, we've rounded up some of the best deals on offer this weekend.

The 10 Fastest Dying Industries in America

The rise of cheap imports, technological advancements and the financial crisis have collectively delivered harsh blows to many U.S. industries. IBISWorld is out with a list of 10 American industries that have been hardest hit.

Surf and Turf Retailer Pacific Sunwear Wipes Out - Again

Teens can be fickle, and Pacific Sunwear of California knows that all too well. The retailer, which specializes in surf and skate apparel, saw its shares wipe out on Wednesday after it posted disappointing quarterly results. Is the sun setting on the chain?

Macy's to Martha: JC Penney Deal Is Not a Good Thing

Martha Stewart has a new legal problem to contend with: Macy's, which had an exclusive licensing deal with her namesake company, has filed a lawsuit against Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for hooking up with J.C. Penney.

7 Shopping Dos and Don'ts for September

If August is all about scoring deals on backpacks and other back-to-school items, then what should you buy in September? The editors at DealNews took a look at historical data and came up with the best and worst things to buy this month.

Gap's Global Push Brings Retailer to Vietnam, Guam

Building on its ongoing mission to grab a bigger share of the $1.4 trillion global apparel market, Gap will open its first stores in Vietnam and Guam through its franchise channel in the next few months.

Refashioning Gap: CEO Sees Future in Outlets, Online

Gap might be undergoing an extreme makeover, but the chain is no longer the key growth engine of Gap Inc., CEO Glenn Murphy told investors Wednesday. The apparel giant is shifting its emphasis to its outlet businesses, newer divisions such as Piperlime and Athleta, and overseas growth.

Retailers Cut Corners to Avoid Apparel Price Hikes

Expect your T-shirts to get a little bit thinner next year -- and maybe even a little more expensive. Apparel retailers are looking high and low for ways to keep from passing on too much of their own rising costs to consumers. The trick: Doing it without compromising on quality.

Gap's Fiscal 3Q Profit Falls 1.3% on Declining Old Navy Sales

Gap's (GPS) fiscal third-quarter profit fell 1.3% as negative same-store sales for the clothing retailer's Old Navy chain offset gains overseas. Shares fell in extended trading after the company failed to beat Wall Street earnings forecasts.

Up or Down: 5 Retailing Leaders -- and 5 Laggards

Some merchants adjusted quickly to the "new normal" of penny-pinching shoppers, but others are still struggling with shrinking consumer budgets or headwinds they were fighting before the bottom fell out. Here's a look at the two groups that are going in two different directions.

Getting Smarter, Retailers Beat Expectations

Despite heat waves, penny-pinching parents and a weak job market, stores posted generally solid sales in August. They benefited from a sharper focus on inventory control, giving locals stores more say in merchandising and by using well-timed promotions.

August Retail Sales: Expect a Mixed Bag

Despite the searing weather and a lukewarm economic recovery, major merchants are expected to report growing retail sales in their August tallies on Thursday

Retail Sales Suffer in the Intense July Heat

The weather was hot in July, but consumers went cold, leading to disappointing retail sales that came in below or at the low end of most forecasts. The high temperatures across the U.S. may have been one culprit, helping boost sales of marked-down summer clearance items.

Polo Ralph Lauren Shares Could Soon Be Riding Higher

The recession hardly made a dent in Polo Ralph Lauren's upward sales progress, so it should have tremendous leverage in advancing in the economic recovery that's increasingly gaining traction. The shares hit a 52-week high on April 14.

Calvin Klein Is Making Warnaco Look Sharp

Despite worries about the economic slowdown and tepid consumer spending, shares of Warnaco, a global designer, maker and marketer of apparel, are on a tear. What's behind the stock's big surge? The continued strength of its widely popular Calvin Klein line.

Retailers Are Merrier after Holiday Sales Rise

Holiday sales grew a stronger than forecast 3.6% in 2009, offering a present to retailers still struggling from last year's devastating drop. Now inventories are heading up, suggesting an even better 2010.

Retail sales creep up in October

Retail sales keep creeping upward toward the holiday season. Numbers just released by the federal government show most retail segments had higher...

For fall, go faux

It's hard to say goodbye to the summer shopping season. Not only are flip-flops, sundresses and tissue tanks easy to wear, they're also usually the...