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How Costco Became the Anti-Walmart

Both Costco and Walmart are places where people go to buy in bulk and save money. But while Walmart employees are striking for higher wages and healthcare, Costco has among the happiest employees in the business, and also offers the occasional brand name.

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.

Can Swatch Stop Costco from Selling Omega Watches?

By buying Omega watches from an overseas distributor, Costco has been able to sell them at well below the suggested retail price. Can Swatch use its copyright to stop Costco? The U.S. Supreme Court's decision could have broad implications for the so-called "gray" market.

Costco Comparable Sales Rose 7% in August

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) reported a 7% increase in sales at stores open at least one year in August, boosted by higher gasoline prices and stronger foreign currencies. A survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters forecast an increase of 4.2%

Inflation Is Quiet. Is Deflation the Main Threat Now?

The producer price index fell 0.5% in June, but the core index, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.1%. That's about as low an inflation rate the Federal Reserve wants to see -- anything lower would amount to deflation: a destructive decline in prices that could sink the economic recovery.