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US confirms coalition airstrike in Mosul district; dozens of civilians believed killed
With health care bill dead, Republicans turn to taxes
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Developing a vision: EDC reviews retail data to develop economic strategy for the future
Records published March 25
New England tops United FC
Adrian Peterson willing to take less money for right fit
CMCS rebounds to play for consolation crown
State Basketball: CMCS rebounds in consolation bracket
New England keeper Cropper has Minnesota roots
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
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'Bright sadness' describes Lenten journey at Fargo church
Planning the spring garden calendar
Fielding Questions: Rabbit damage can ruin evergreens
Commentary: Minnesota needs transportation investment
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Dave & Vivian Swanson
March 13, 2014
U.S. retail sales rebound from winter chill, jobless claims fall
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rebounded in February and new applications for unemployment benefits hit a fresh three-month low last week, suggesting some strength in the economy after harsh weather abruptly slowed activity in recent months.
March 13, 2014 - 11:28am
J.C. Penney turnaround faces big test with home goods relaunch
(Reuters) - J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is about to undo the centerpiece of former Chief Executive Officer Ron Johnson's failed vision to take the retailer upmarket.
March 13, 2014 - 7:29am
March 7, 2014
MasterCard, Visa form group to enhance payment security
(Reuters) - Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc, the world's two largest payment networks, have formed a new cross-industry group to improve payment system security following a number of high-profile data breaches. The new group, which will include banks, credit unions, retailers and industry...
March 7, 2014 - 12:19pm
February 26, 2014
Woman in theft ring banned from Target for decade
STILLWATER, Minn. -- A Woodbury woman convicted of participating in a theft ring will be prohibited from entering Target stores for 10 years as part of a criminal sentence. Kristi Jean Hambleton, 24, was sentenced Feb. 6 in Washington County District Court to 10 years of...
February 26, 2014 - 3:04pm
Target warns data breach could hurt future profit
By Dhanya Skariachan and Jim Finkle NEW YORK (Reuters) - Target Corp's (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) net profit almost halved...
February 26, 2014 - 7:53am
For J.C. Penney, e-commerce is no easy fix
(Reuters) - First the good news for J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz): online sales rose 26.3 percent during the...
February 26, 2014 - 7:50am
February 25, 2014
Macy's sticks to forecast despite slow Valentine's Day sales
(Reuters) - Macy's Inc's (M.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sales this year were weak until Valentine's Day, the department store operator said on Tuesday, but it stuck to its full-year forecast because it expects business to return to normal when the weather improves.
February 25, 2014 - 10:50am
Home Depot profit tops estimates on cost cuts
(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc (HD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday as the world's largest home improvement chain kept a tight lid on costs to offset weak sales.
February 25, 2014 - 7:03am
February 13, 2014
Retail sales drop unexpectedly in January
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales fell unexpectedly in January, and another gauge of consumer spending also slipped. The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales fell 0.4 percent last month, led by a drop in automobile sales. Sales fell by a revised 0.1 percent...
February 13, 2014 - 8:30am
February 4, 2014
Wal-Mart to invest $500 million in Canada, create 7,500 jobs
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday it would invest about $500 million this year to strengthen its presence in Canada, creating more than 7,500 jobs including construction. The investments include more than $376 million for store projects, $91 million for distribution...
February 4, 2014 - 9:00am
January 22, 2014
Target cuts 475 jobs in Minnesota offices, spokeswoman says
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Target Corp (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is cutting 475 jobs at its offices in Minnesota, where it is based, a spokeswoman for the third-largest U.S. retailer said on Wednesday.
January 22, 2014 - 2:26pm
January 14, 2014
U.S. holiday sales up 3.8 percent, retail federation says
NEW YORK - U.S. retail sales rose 3.8 percent during the 2013 holiday season, compared with 3.5 percent last year, the National Retail Federation said on Tuesday. The disappointing showing reflected on the extent of discounting retailers resorted to as consumers held back spending...
January 14, 2014 - 10:41am
January 9, 2014
Discounts slam retailers' holiday season profits
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many large U.S. retailers slashed their earnings forecasts on Thursday because of steep discounts they offered during the holidays to persuade reluctant consumers.
January 9, 2014 - 2:08pm
Family Dollar results show lower-income shoppers still pressured
(Reuters) - Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit and gave a tepid outlook for the current period after it discounted more than it had originally planned to win shoppers in the key holiday shopping ...
January 9, 2014 - 9:56am
December 27, 2013
Target confirms encrypted PINs were stolen in recent breach
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Target Corp said that PIN codes used to secure ATM cards were stolen as part of the massive data breach at the third-largest U.S. retailer, though it said it was confident the data was "safe and secure." The stolen PIN information was "strongly encrypted" when...
December 27, 2013 - 12:48pm