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Kandiyohi County lifts no-wake advisories
Renville County updates list of park closings, other restrictions due to flooding
Willmar School Board to meet Monday
Willmar PD available to assist with events Aug. 5 for National Night Out
Ventura denies being in bar fight with author
Rox score 6 late runs to shock Stingers
LeBron decides to sign with Cavaliers
MLB All-Star Game: Baseball fans can have memorabilia appraised at FanFest
Legion Baseball: Warne, Willmar blank BOLD
Dumba bound to stick with Wild, not in minors
'Gypsy' musical now playing on The Barn stage through June 28 in Willmar, Minn.
Studio Hop: Willmar, Minn., area artists show what they are made of at weekend event
Menk is financial analyst at United FCS
CDS names Steinbeisser senior accountant
Jennie-O Turkey Store promotes Burgmeier to coordinator
UCare honors ACMC
Hormel Foods to buy Muscle Milk products maker CytoSport Holdings
Rev. Charles "Chuck" P. Beronius
Elaine Mavis Trygestad Moore
Edward A. Olson
Barry Francis Jungwirth
Sietsema — Beyerl
Even on vacation, many find it difficult to disconnect from work
Thompson — Ninow
Neis — Ewert
Thorp — Skattum
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Editorial: Oil-train safety starts right in the oil fields
Editorial: EDC’s boards are right on budget
Letter: More to the overlay story
Have a safe, memorable July 4th weekend
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...
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December 27, 2013 - 12:48pm
December 26, 2013
U.S. holiday sales better than last year: MasterCard Advisors
(Reuters) - Sales during the 2013 U.S. holiday season grew from a year earlier as retailers used higher discounts and promotions to attract customers in a season with fewer shopping days, according to MasterCard Advisors. Holiday sales between November 1 and December 24 rose 2.3...
December 26, 2013 - 2:31pm
Source says Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The hackers who attacked Target Corp and compromised up to 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers (PINs), according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation.
news / nation
December 26, 2013 - 7:14am
December 24, 2013
Shoppers in last-minute rush at area retailers
WILLMAR — Monday, the panic began to set in for last-minute Christmas shoppers. And though it’s a cliché to say men wait until the last minute, retailers in the area said they were indeed seeing a lot of male customers on Monday. Many said their last-minute sales would be topping...
December 24, 2013 - 7:00am
December 19, 2013
Target confirms major card data theft
(Reuters) - Target Corp said data from about 40 million credit and debit card accounts might have been stolen from customers who shopped in its stores over a 19-day period ending Sunday, in one of the largest card breaches at a U.S. retailer.
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December 19, 2013 - 7:11am
December 16, 2013
Snowstorm unlikely to hurt holiday sales, analysts say
(Reuters) - The snowstorm that hit the Northeast and Midwest this past weekend is unlikely to hurt overall holiday sales, analysts say, even as the shorter shopping season makes every day crucial for retailers. The season, which has six fewer days than last year because of a late...
December 16, 2013 - 7:59am
December 12, 2013
Retail sales rise in November, boost economic outlook
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose solidly in November as Americans bought automobiles and a range of other goods, adding to signs...
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December 12, 2013 - 8:01am
December 2, 2013
Earlier-than-usual online deals to steal Cyber Monday thunder
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Earlier than usual online holiday discounts are expected to dampen today's Cyber Monday sales in the United States.
December 2, 2013 - 12:30pm
Holiday weekend sales dip on discounts; e-commerce jumps
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Heavy discounting took a toll on U.S. retail sales during the Thanksgiving weekend as shoppers spent almost 3 percent less than they did a year earlier, according to data released Sunday by an industry group.
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December 2, 2013 - 7:24am
November 20, 2013
J.C. Penney sees holiday quarter comparable sales improving
(Reuters) - Struggling retailer J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday said it was encouraged by business so far in November and forecast higher comparable store sales in the current holiday quarter.
November 20, 2013 - 10:59am
Retail sales beat forecasts, point to firming growth
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gauge of U.S. consumer spending rose more than expected in October as households bought a range of goods, suggesting upside momentum in the economy early in the fourth quarter. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday retail sales excluding automobiles,...
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November 20, 2013 - 7:40am
Lowe's raised forecast falls short of analysts' estimates
(Reuters) - Lowe's Cos Inc's (LOW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly profit slightly missed Wall Street estimates, and the No. 2 home improvement chain did not raise its fiscal-year outlook as much as analysts had hoped, sending its shares lower.
November 20, 2013 - 7:14am
November 19, 2013
Home Depot raises outlook again after strong quarter
By Dhanya Skariachan (Reuters) - A recovery in the U.S. housing market helped Home Depot Inc (HD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) top profit and sales estimates for the third quarter, prompting the No. 1 home improvement chain to raise its fiscal-year outlook for the third...
November 19, 2013 - 7:34am
Best Buy warns promotions could hurt holiday quarter margins
(Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) warned of an increasingly promotional environment heading into the holidays and promised to be competitive on price in the biggest selling season of the year, raising concerns about margins in the fourth qu...
November 19, 2013 - 7:14am
November 14, 2013
Wal-Mart U.S. quarterly comparable sales slip
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue, hurt by an unexpected decline in U.S. comparable sales and what the company called a competitive retail environment. The world's largest retailer said comparable sales at its U.S. stores,...
November 14, 2013 - 7:36am