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Macy's, Target to Start Black Friday at Midnight

Setting a new holiday shopping tradition, Macy's and Target will swing open their doors at midnight on Black Friday for the first time ever, giving shoppers a jump start on door-buster sales while offering an implicit challenge to their fellow retail brethren to follow suit.

Mass Retailers Take a Shine to the Makeup Biz

The beauty business is undergoing a makeover at some of the nation's biggest retailers, as pharmacies and department stores go after shoppers in new and unconventional ways. Sears, CVS, Duane Reade and their cohorts are courting a business that has rebounded well from the recession despite the country's economic malaise.

Retailers Post Solid July Sales

July retail sales were solid, with Costco, Macy's, JC Penney, Nordstron and Saks Fifth Avenue all beating expectations. Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, the retail consultancy, says we could be having the best back-to-school selling season since 2006.

Retailers Pin Back-to-School Hopes on Exclusive Lines

The nation's big retailers are betting on exclusive lines to ring up back-to-school sales, and also targeting kids and teens where they wile away the hours -- online -- with digital campaigns designed to both entertain and stoke a social-shopping experience tailor-made for the tech-savvy generation.

7 Free Shipping Options for E-Retailers

Online retailing is big business, and growing. As virtual storefronts become major revenue generators, many retailers are realizing the value of free shipping, which has the potential to greatly increase sales. Consider these seven promotional strategies, good for consumers and investors.

Week in Preview: Retail Earnings in the Spotlight

Many of America's best-known retailers, including Walmart, Home Depot and JCPenney, will be stepping into the earnings spotlight this week. Their reports come on the heels of disappointing January retail sales numbers from the Commerce Department.

The Most Expensive Gift at 12 American Retailers

Want to be an extra-generous Santa in 2010? Try buying the most expensive item at each of 12 popular U.S. retailers. According to an unscientific survey by 24/7 Wall St, that would set you back nearly $15 million (thanks mainly to a visit to Tiffany).

November Sales Put Retailers in a Merry Mood

Major retailers got an early Christmas present this year: Better-than expected November sales. The nation's largest merchants posted 6% sales growth in November compared to 2009, far ahead of the 3% to 4% growth forecast by most analysts. But holiday shoppers are expected to continue their bargain hunting in December.

Week in Preview: Here Come Retail Earnings

The first of the major retailers will report quarterly earnings this week. Analysts expect to see strong results from Macy's and JCPenney, but flat earnings from Kohl's. Agilent Technologies is anticipated to be one of this week's biggest earnings gainers.

Shopping Kings: The Most Powerful People in Retail

Consumers are still cautious about spending as the effects of the recession linger. But many retailers are feeling more optimistic as we head into the holiday shopping season. Here's a look at the leaders in the sector.