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What Type of Consumer are You?

Based on where you live, how much money you make, and where you shop, you may be classified into one of these categories by one of the country's largest data brokers.

Walmart Can't Keep Its Shelves Stocked

Walmart is reportedly losing customers because it doesn't have enough employees to keep the shelves stocked. Defecting customers are heading to Target, Costco and other retailers.

Meet the Billionaire Women Who Made It On Their Own

The Forbes magazine annual list of the world's billionaires has always been scant of women, but 35 more women did join this year's record-length list of 1,426 global über-rich. They now number 138, or 9.7 percent of the total. Last year, they represented 8.5 percent of the list.

Does Walmart Have a Vendetta Against Small Farmers?

In 2010, Walmart vowed to double its sales of locally grown produce by 2015, both as an environmental initiative and to support small farmers. But somehow, though Walmart has already passed its goal, small farmers haven't benefited at all.

What Walmart's Outlook Says About the Whole U.S. Economy

Walmart on Thursday reported higher profits, but offered a weak forecast for the months ahead. The problem? The poor and middle-class Americans Walmart caters to -- and who are big drivers of U.S. spending -- are struggling with rising gas prices, delayed tax refunds and higher payroll taxes.

5 Things to Watch When the Market Reopens

When the market reopens Tuesday after President's Day, it promises to be a busy week. Get ready for earnings reports from casual dining chains and struggling PC makers, as well as holiday sales figures from the world's largest retailer.

Walmart Internal Emails: Sales Figures a "Total Disaster"

Internal emails exchanged by Walmart executives discussing recent sales figures paint a grim picture of the situation at the world's largest retailer. Asks one executive: "Where are all the customers? And where's their money?"

Sexy Matador Fights Pork Chops in New Target Ad

Target is promoting its grocery offerings with a new series of TV ads featuring, among other oddities, exploding boxes of cake mix, and a sexy female matador dueling with various packaged meats.

Target to Match Prices of Amazon, Walmart.com Year-Round

Target announced a bold new price-match program Tuesday, promising to give customers the same deals they find on online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart.com. The new policy is similar to the one Target tried during the 2012 holiday shopping season.

The 6 Biggest Busted Bets of 2012

As pundits and politicians rush to sew the year up into a neat little bundle, we decided to look at 2012 from a slightly different angle. Here is our list of the year's worst bets -- six developments that seemed like sure things in January, but were bust by December.

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Guide

The kick-off to the holiday season gets earlier every year, but that doesn't mean that consumers are getting better at finishing their shopping early. As the National Retail Federation notes, American consumers typically have about half their holiday shopping left to go in mid-December.

Walmart CEO Says "Fiscal Cliff" Affects U.S. Shoppers

A large portion of American consumers now know about the "fiscal cliff" and a sizeable number of them expect the debate over it to curb their holiday spending, according to the chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores.

Are Mortgages from Walmart the Future of Lending?

Since the financial crash of 2007, banks have lost their luster and alternative financing options like peer-to-peer lending have grown rapidly. Now, a new study suggests the next phase of lending's transformation will be companies like Walmart and eBay offering big loans at lower rates.

Walmart's Black Friday 2012 Will Start at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Black Friday sales have been starting earlier and earlier, and now, Walmart is pushing the retail craziness even further: It will open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, before the evening's football game between the Jets and the Patriots even kicks off.

What If Henry Ford Ran Walmart?

Walmart employees across the country are picketing their employer right now, asking to be paid living wages and to be given decent health care coverage. But here's a surprise: History shows that if Walmart gave them those things, it could be great for its bottom line. Just ask Henry Ford.

Walmart Tests Limited Same-Day Delivery of Online Orders

Walmart is testing same-day delivery of televisions, toys and other general merchandise bought online in a few U.S. markets as it tries to find new ways to keep up with competitors and to attract busy shoppers this holiday season.