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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.

Toys R Us Waives Fee for Layaway Program

Toys R Us is making it easier for shoppers to use its layaway program ahead of the crucial holiday season, waiving its service fee and minimum purchase requirement beginning Tuesday.

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?

7 Reasons Best Buy Won't Be Around in 7 Years

The hunt is on for Best Buy's next CEO, but it won't be an easy post to fill: The hard truth is that the concept of the consumer electronics superstore is becoming less relevant with each passing year.

Shop 'Til It Drops: Take a Virtual Tour of a Dead Mall

First U.S. manufacturing collapsed under the pressure from low-wage labor overseas, leaving the landscape dotted with hollowed-out plants and gutted factories. Now, the suffering retail sector has left us with increasing number of abandoned malls.

Retail Stocks Are a Bad Buy: Why the Rally Won't Last

The stock market's recent bounce has a lot of folks looking for a piece of the action. And with retail stocks shooting up faster than average, but still cheaper than a year ago, some analysts say now's the time to buy them. They're wrong. Here's why:

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.

Retail Grinches Are Cutting Short Thanksgiving

News flash, retailers: There's a reason that mosh pit of rock-bottom deals and rampant consumerism is called Black Friday -- it occurs on Friday. And there's good reason to keep it that way.

What to Watch This Week: New Tablets, Old Retailers

There's never a dull moment on Wall Street, especially when new tablets and old banks are in the way. Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week ahead: The Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet, and earnings reports from Sears, Gap, Hot Topic, Lowes Home Depot and Staples.

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.

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.

Can a New CEO Fill
Lands' End's Sails?

Lands' End has named Edgar Huber, former CEO of Juicy Couture, as its new chief executive. Will he be able to breathe new life into the 48-year-old brand?

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.