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  • The new 'Swatch Touch Zero One' is seen on a screen during the Swiss watchmaker's annual news conference in Corgemont
    Swatch CEO signals plans to add to smartwatch range: Swiss paper

    Swatch plans to add to its new smartwatch range, the Swiss watchmaker's chief executive told a newspaper in an interview published on Saturday. The Biel, Switzerland-based company is competing with Apple …

    The new 'Swatch Touch Zero One' is seen on a screen during the Swiss watchmaker's annual news conference in Corgemont

    Swatch plans to add to its new smartwatch range, the Swiss watchmaker's chief executive told a newspaper in an interview published on Saturday. The Biel, Switzerland-based company is competing with Apple and other watchmakers in the budding smartwatch market. "Our product is called Touch Zero One and that gives enough …

  • A shopper pushes a cart in front of a Wal-Mart store in Mexico City
    Wal-Mart profit miss estimates; cuts outlook as pharmacy margins bite

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings and lowered its full-year forecast on Tuesday, citing investments in staffing and weaker margins in its U.S. pharmacy business.

    A shopper pushes a cart in front of a Wal-Mart store in Mexico City

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings and lowered its full-year forecast on Tuesday, citing investments in staffing and weaker margins in its U.S. pharmacy business.

  • An Egg McMuffin meal is pictured at a McDonald's restaurant in Encinitas, California
    McDonald's No. 1 choice for 'Breakfastarians': poll

    McDonald's Corp, which is expected to offer all-day breakfasts starting this fall to turn around slumping U.S. sales, is the top choice for "Breakfastarians," who crave breakfast food at any hour, according …

    An Egg McMuffin meal is pictured at a McDonald's restaurant in Encinitas, California

    McDonald's Corp, which is expected to offer all-day breakfasts starting this fall to turn around slumping U.S. sales, is the top choice for "Breakfastarians," who crave breakfast food at any hour, according to a new survey obtained by Reuters on Monday. Forty-one percent of consumers who eat breakfast twice a day consider …

  • Apple denies plan to sell mobile services directly to consumers

    Apple Inc , the world's most profitable mobile phone maker, has denied working on a plan to market communications services directly to consumers and bypass the telecom companies on which it has long relied …

    An Apple retail store is shown amid construction in San Francisco

    Apple Inc , the world's most profitable mobile phone maker, has denied working on a plan to market communications services directly to consumers and bypass the telecom companies on which it has long relied to sell its products. Business Insider had on Monday reported that the iPhone maker was testing a so-called mobile …

  • Verizon's workers say no strike for now, union talks continue

    Verizon Communications Inc and the unions representing its wireline unit employees on the U.S. East Coast said work will go on and talks continue after their current contract expired. Since June, the …

    Verizon workers take part in a rally as they negotiate a union contract in New York

    Verizon Communications Inc and the unions representing its wireline unit employees on the U.S. East Coast said work will go on and talks continue after their current contract expired. Since June, the unions have been in talks with Verizon over the company's plans to cut costs by controlling healthcare and pension-related …

  • Canada, Mexico push for $3 billion in sanctions against U.S

    Canada and Mexico will seek World Trade Organization authorization to impose over $3 billion in sanctions against U.S. exports in retaliation against contentious meat-labeling laws, the two nations said …

    The World Trade Organization WTO logo is seen at the entrance of the WTO headquarters in Geneva

    Canada and Mexico will seek World Trade Organization authorization to impose over $3 billion in sanctions against U.S. exports in retaliation against contentious meat-labeling laws, the two nations said on Thursday.

  • Why Dollarama can sell off-brand versions of name-brand chocolate bars

    Ever notice how some of the off-brand chocolate bars at Dollarama look strangely familiar?

    Dollarama infringing on Mars' trademark with 'mockolate' bars, says lawyer

    Ever notice how some of the off-brand chocolate bars at Dollarama look strangely familiar?

  • Nikkei rallies more than 2% after inflation, retail data

    Japanese stocks breached the 19,000 mark in early trade as investors digested mixed July data released before the market open.

    Nikkei rallies more than 2% after inflation, retail data

    Japanese stocks breached the 19,000 mark in early trade as investors digested mixed July data released before the market open.

  • Wal-Mart's holiday layaway launches this week

    Wal-Mart is kicking off its layaway program two weeks earlier than in 2014, to coincide with a massive toy push.

    Wal-Mart's holiday layaway launches this week

    Wal-Mart is kicking off its layaway program two weeks earlier than in 2014, to coincide with a massive toy push.

  • Wal-Mart boosts holiday layaway, eyeing Star Wars toy launch

    (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it will bring forward its holiday layaway program by two weeks, as the world's largest retailer hopes to get a jump on year-end demand and fuel sales of soon-to-be-launched …

    People talk outside a Wal-Mart Pickup-Grocery test store in Bentonville

    (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it will bring forward its holiday layaway program by two weeks, as the world's largest retailer hopes to get a jump on year-end demand and fuel sales of soon-to-be-launched Star Wars toys. The company will kick off the program that allows shoppers to pay for holiday gifts and other …

  • Teen retail resurgence? Abercrombie shares soar

    Abercrombie & Fitch reported same-store sales that vastly improved from the first quarter.

    Teen retail resurgence? Abercrombie shares soar

    Abercrombie & Fitch reported same-store sales that vastly improved from the first quarter.

  • How Are Consumer Confidence and the Retail Sector Related?

    Consumer confidence is one of the major factors that affect consumer spending. As a result, the retail sector has had a direct relationship with this metric.

    Consumer confidence is one of the major factors that affect consumer spending. As a result, the retail sector has had a direct relationship with this metric.

  • Canada's complex liquor laws under spotlight in New Brunswick trial

    It's not exactly breaking news that Canada has sometimes perplexing alcohol laws.

    Canada's complex liquor laws under spotlight in New Brunswick trial

    It's not exactly breaking news that Canada has sometimes perplexing alcohol laws.

  • Best Buy ups bets on Apple Watch

    Beginning Sept. 4, the Apple Watch will be sold in more than 900 stores, and by the end of September it will be in all 1,050 locations.

    Best Buy ups bets on Apple Watch

    Beginning Sept. 4, the Apple Watch will be sold in more than 900 stores, and by the end of September it will be in all 1,050 locations.

  • Sears looks to boost Kenmore and Craftsman brands with new hire

    Sears Holdings Corp named a former Johnson & Johnson executive to a new position as president of "hardlines" as the struggling retailer tries to stem the declining market positions of the Kenmore, Diehard …

    Customers walk into a Sears store at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax

    Sears Holdings Corp named a former Johnson & Johnson executive to a new position as president of "hardlines" as the struggling retailer tries to stem the declining market positions of the Kenmore, Diehard and Craftsman brands. The new executive, Lynn Pendergrass, previously held senior positions at Johnson & Johnson, …

  • What Are Retail Indicators Telling Us about the Economy?

    Retail, which is at the heart of any consumer-driven economy, ranges from small regionally targeted stores to large conglomerates.

    Retail, which is at the heart of any consumer-driven economy, ranges from small regionally targeted stores to large conglomerates.

  • Sears makes a big bet on the connected home

    Look for smoke alarms, thermostats, lighting, and other home products you can control using your phone or tablet, and you'll find a selection at your local home center or even Staples. But if you...

    Look for smoke alarms, thermostats, lighting, and other home products you can control using your phone or tablet, and you'll find a selection at your local home center or even Staples. But if you...

  • McDonald's big flop is back here

    McDonald's Mighty Wings largely disappointed the brand when they first launched in 2013. They're now back in one market.

    McDonald's big flop is back here

    McDonald's Mighty Wings largely disappointed the brand when they first launched in 2013. They're now back in one market.

  • Walmart’s Yihaodian Buyout: Why WMT Upped the Ante in China

    On July 23, Walmart (WMT) announced that it was purchasing the remaining 49% stake in its e-commerce joint venture in China, Yihaodian.

    On July 23, Walmart (WMT) announced that it was purchasing the remaining 49% stake in its e-commerce joint venture in China, Yihaodian.