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  • Les meubles Ikea vont bientôt recharger vos téléphones
    Ikea to sell furniture that can wirelessly charge mobile devices

    Getting caught with a dead smartphone could soon be a thing of the past as Swedish furniture maker Ikea will soon launch a line of desks, lamps and bedside tables that will wirelessly charge mobile devices. …

    Les meubles Ikea vont bientôt recharger vos téléphones

    Getting caught with a dead smartphone could soon be a thing of the past as Swedish furniture maker Ikea will soon launch a line of desks, lamps and bedside tables that will wirelessly charge mobile devices. Next month, Ikea says it will launch a line of furniture that comes embedded with Qi technology, the world's leading …

  • File photo of the exterior of a RadioShack store is seen in the Queens borough of New York
    You have less than a week to use your RadioShack gift card

    RadioShack will stop accepting gift cards in...

    File photo of the exterior of a RadioShack store is seen in the Queens borough of New York

    RadioShack will stop accepting gift cards in...

  • The McDonald's slump: Are golden days of golden arches over?
    The McDonald's slump: Are golden days of golden arches over?

    McDonald’s has been making headlines lately, but for all the wrong reasons, sparking speculation that the golden years of the golden arches are over. Food industry analysts don’t think McDonald’s will …

    The McDonald's slump: Are golden days of golden arches over?

    McDonald’s has been making headlines lately, but for all the wrong reasons, sparking speculation that the golden years of the golden arches are over. Food industry analysts don’t think McDonald’s will go the way of the Woolworth’s lunch counter, but one of the most recognizable brands in the world, with 36,000 locations …

  • Sears 4th-quarter loss narrows but sales fall sharply as it sheds assets

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sears Holdings (Nasdaq:SHLD) recorded its fourth straight year of falling profit and revenue in 2014, even as cost cutting and store closures helped narrow its loss for the fourth qua …

    Sears 4th-quarter loss narrows but sales fall sharply as it sheds assets

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sears Holdings (Nasdaq:SHLD) recorded its fourth straight year of falling profit and revenue in 2014, even as cost cutting and store closures helped narrow its loss for the fourth quarter....

  • Canadian Tire profit beats on strong automotive, sports gear sales

    (Reuters) - Retailer Canadian Tire Corp reported a fourth-quarter profit that comfortably beat analysts' estimate, helped by strong sales of its automotive products and sports gear, pushing its shares …

    People walk out of a Canadian Tire Store that is located by a Mark's clothing store, which is owned by Canadian Tire Corporation in Toronto

    (Reuters) - Retailer Canadian Tire Corp reported a fourth-quarter profit that comfortably beat analysts' estimate, helped by strong sales of its automotive products and sports gear, pushing its shares up 8 percent to a record high on Thursday. Same-store sales at Canadian Tire stores – which accounts for over half the …

  • HBC forms new real estate joint ventures to 'fatten up' its property portfolios

    TORONTO - Hudson's Bay Co. is launching separate joint venture partnerships with two major North American real estate companies as it looks to unearth value from its vast collection of stores and scours …

    People walk into the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) flagship department store in Toronto

    TORONTO - Hudson's Bay Co. is launching separate joint venture partnerships with two major North American real estate companies as it looks to unearth value from its vast collection of stores and scours ...

  • German retail sales surge at fastest pace in seven years

    German retail sales jumped by the largest amount in seven years in January, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed on Tuesday, fuelling expectations that private consumption will propel growth …

    Shopper walks through Karstadt department store in Hamburg-Billstedt

    German retail sales jumped by the largest amount in seven years in January, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed on Tuesday, fuelling expectations that private consumption will propel growth in Europe's largest economy this year. "Cheap oil, healthy income gains, low interest rates and fading risks combined to …

  • Strong German retail sales keep European shares near seven-year highs

    By Marius Zaharia LONDON (Reuters) - European shares rose close to seven-year highs on Tuesday as better than expected German retail sales further buoyed investors days before the European Central Bank …

    The German share price index DAX is seen at Frankfurt's stock exchange

    By Marius Zaharia LONDON (Reuters) - European shares rose close to seven-year highs on Tuesday as better than expected German retail sales further buoyed investors days before the European Central Bank kicks off a trillion-euro bond buying program. The gains follow a rise in Asia <.MIAPJ0000PUS> and another record day …

  • Canada's Hardy Capital sees online shoe retailer IPO in 2015

    By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian entrepreneur and venture capitalist Roger Hardy said on Monday he is looking to take an online shoe retailing company public this year to tap investor appetite …

    Shoes.com CEO Roger Hardy is seen in this undated handout photo

    By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian entrepreneur and venture capitalist Roger Hardy said on Monday he is looking to take an online shoe retailing company public this year to tap investor appetite for e-commerce businesses. Hardy told Reuters by phone that he expects the company, which will be called Shoes.com Technologies …

  • Walmart’s Capital Structure – A Mix Of Debt And Equity

    Walmart (WMT) has a mix of debt and equity in its capital structure. The retailer’s (XRT) total debt, both short and long-term, is ~$56.6 billion.

    Walmart (WMT) has a mix of debt and equity in its capital structure. The retailer’s (XRT) total debt, both short and long-term, is ~$56.6 billion.

  • Walmart’s Capital Strategy – Smaller Stores And Supercenters

    Walmart embarked to aggressively minimize the capital cost per square foot of retail space with the aim of faster payback on investment.

    Walmart embarked to aggressively minimize the capital cost per square foot of retail space with the aim of faster payback on investment.

  • 10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

    McDonald's takes plenty of criticism, and there's certainly no shortage of advice on how to return the Golden Arches to its days of glory.

    Acusan a Mcdonalds de evadir 1.000 millones de euros de impuestos

    McDonald's takes plenty of criticism, and there's certainly no shortage of advice on how to return the Golden Arches to its days of glory.

  • Saputo buying cheese business of Australia's Lion-Dairy & Drinks for $134.4M

    MONTREAL - Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) has signed a deal to buy the everyday cheese business of Lion-Dairy & Drinks Pty Ltd. based in Victoria, Australia, for $134.4 million in cash.

    Saputo calls on Ottawa to reserve EU cheese import quotas for Canadian dairies

    MONTREAL - Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) has signed a deal to buy the everyday cheese business of Lion-Dairy & Drinks Pty Ltd. based in Victoria, Australia, for $134.4 million in cash.

  • Walmart Is Expanding Its Retail Footprint With Flat Capex

    Walmart (WMT) incurred $13.1 billion as capital expenditure, or capex, in fiscal year 2014. Walmart estimates $11.5–$12 billion in capex in fiscal year 2015.

    Walmart (WMT) incurred $13.1 billion as capital expenditure, or capex, in fiscal year 2014. Walmart estimates $11.5–$12 billion in capex in fiscal year 2015.

  • Analyzing Walmart’s Cost Structure With US And Overseas Firms

    Margins in the food and staples (XLP) retail segment are slender. It’s important for Walmart (WMT) to keep a tight grip on the cost structure.

    Margins in the food and staples (XLP) retail segment are slender. It’s important for Walmart (WMT) to keep a tight grip on the cost structure.

  • Walmex – Walmart’s Recent Initiatives In Mexico

    Walmex also looking at higher sales through the e-commerce channel. It launched e-commerce in Mexico in 2013. The growth has been moderate.

    Walmex also looking at higher sales through the e-commerce channel. It launched e-commerce in Mexico in 2013. The growth has been moderate.

  • Why Walmart Has An Advantage In E-Commerce

    Walmart (WMT) has been growing faster than the overall e-commerce market. This year, its growth rate is expected to trump Amazon's (AMZN) growth rate.

    Walmart (WMT) has been growing faster than the overall e-commerce market. This year, its growth rate is expected to trump Amazon's (AMZN) growth rate.