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Walmart.com Is Downloading Into the Shopping Mall

A pair of Walmart.com stores have opened in two California shopping malls. The stores are tiny, but stock some hot items for the holiday season, and boast a fleet of laptops that customers can use to browse the virtual aisles of Walmart.com. It's a smart move for Walmart, but it begs the question: What were the mall landlords thinking?

Retail Earnings: Can the Uptrend Continue?

After a holiday season that marked a return to some form of normalcy, merchants are bracing for a year of mild sales growth and more stable operations. Whether that momentum holds is an open question, given the state of the housing and job markets.

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.

National Retailers Go Local to Boost the Bottom Line

Knowing customers' likes and dislikes is about as basic as it gets in retailing. But for years, chain department stores got it wrong. More concerned with profits and keeping down costs, big retailers kept a tight rein on inventories and focused more on sameness. Not anymore.

Where Real Estate Is Rocking Again: REIT ETFs

Amid all the whining about residential and commercial real estate markets, exchange-traded funds comprising real estate investment trusts have quietly been kicking butt. They're up 22% year-to-date through Sept. 21, compared to 3.71% for the the S&P 500 stock index.

Gas and Autos Pumped Up July's Retail Sales Rise

Investors may get some relief from strong gasoline and auto sales, which helped lift retail overall and should ease some fears of a double-dip recession. Excluding gas and autos, most segments showed good year-over-year gains and small but as-expected month-over-month rises.

A mall with a new economic twist

This is a story about the Glendale Galleria -- not to be confused with that other Galleria, the one in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley that gave us...

Free shipping day coming Dec. 17

Hold up! Don't pay that shipping fee because a major free shipping day is in the works. More than 300 retailers have agreed to offer free shipping...

The new ghost town: Your local mall

The era of the frugal consumer continues. Yet another tell-tale stat of the restructuring under way in the U.S. economy: consumer spending (or lack...

If mall dies, what dies with it?

The phrase, "America is over stored" gets bandied about a lot. And there was a lot to indicate that was true, even before everything really hit the...

If nobody shops, nobody eats

Reductions in retail foot traffic may signal continued tough times ahead for restaurant chains, which are mainly dependent upon shopping mall...