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J.C. Penney Is Testing a New Sephora Format For Its Smaller Stores — J.C. Penney is trying out a new, more compact format for the Sephora beauty boutiques within its mammoth department stores in the hopes of bringing the highly successful concept to its smaller stores too.

Walmart to tap and drones to delivery goods to Chinese shoppers — Only a few months after Walmart sold its Chinese e-commerce platform to, the two companies have laid out their plan for helping the U.S. discount retailer finally crack China's online market.

Target Announces Posh New Collection from Victoria Beckham — Target has announced its new limited-edition designer apparel collection with Victoria Beckman nearly six months before customers will even get to see the items. The discount retailer said on Thursday that Beckham's line will go on sale April 9, 2017, and will include about 200 items with soft pastels, bright colors, spring prints, and Beckham's first ever items for kids.

Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book Gifts Are As Outlandish As Ever — Neiman Marcus' over-the-top Christmas Book is back and has done itself one better this year, offering outlandish fantasy gifts like a $1.5 million private plane and a $100,000 collection of kids' books. The Christmas Book, whose first incarnation was as a Christmas card in 1915 inviting customers to the store, is now an important marketing tool that will go to some 900,000 households.

Ex-American Apparel CEO Seeks to Leave the Death Threats Behind... — As CEO of American Apparel, Paula Schneider had to fix a retailer bleeding money and steer it through a restructuring under bankruptcy protection. And that wasn't the worst of it. The executive also head to fend off death threats, see a piñata with her likeness get beaten to smithereens in American Apparel's parking lot, and contend with dozens of lawsuits lobbed by American Apparel's founder and ousted CEO Dov Charney.

Macy's Opening Earlier on Thanksgiving as Black Friday Creep Continues — So much for the end of Black Friday creep. Macy's confirmed to Fortune on Monday that it will once again open its stores on Thanksgiving Day, and do itself one better than last year by greeting shoppers an hour earlier.

Target Has Stopped Selling Clown Masks — The scary clown insanity has claimed a new victim. Target said this weekend it is removing all clown masks from its 1,800 stores and online shopping site. The move was "out of sensitivity for the issue at hand," a Target spokesman told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Sunday.

Retooled: How Lacoste Became an Upscale Brand Again — Back in the 1980s, Lacoste polo shirts were so ubiquitous in North America that the French brand's popularity sparked a backlash, captured by the saying, "Save an alligator, kill a prep." The detractors were referring to the wrong reptile (Lacoste's logo features a crocodile, not a gator).

Ulta Beauty to Double Store Count In Next Few Years — At a time when major retailers are closing hundreds of stores, from Macy's to Sears , Gap and Aéropostale, it seems unlikely that any chain could aggressively expand its brick-and-mortar locations. And yet that's exactly what Ulta Beauty is doing.

Major Mall Developer Says It Will Close 72 Shopping Centers on ... — Black Friday will actually be on Friday this year as dozens of U.S. malls announce closings. CBL & Associates, a major developer based in Chattanooga, Tenn., said on Wednesday that it's closing 72 of its malls on Thanksgiving as opposed to opening at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
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Oct 21, 2016

RT @mims: Unexpected effect of central bank policies: All the giant corporations running out of things to buy, purchasing any old thing

Oct 21, 2016

RT @jonathanmaze: McDonald's US commodity costs down 6% in 3Q. Will be down 4.5-5% all year. But labor costs up. $MCD

Oct 21, 2016

@Debsdigs thanks- I'll fix, but to be accurate. Not to spare her or their feelings ;-)

Oct 21, 2016

McDonald's CEO says Russians' consumer spending power continues to decline $MCD

Oct 21, 2016

McDonald's CEO says Chicken McNuggets sales up 10% after removal of artificial flavors. $MCD

Oct 21, 2016

BAT offers to buy U.S. tobacco firm Reynolds in $47 billion deal  via @Reuters

Oct 21, 2016

RT @business: Starbucks plans to open as many as 1,000 locations of a new upscale chain

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