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Consumers, Stores Face Off Over Depth of Holiday Discounts

NEW YORK and CHICAGO — Target’s (TGT) 10 percent discount on a $30.49 pair of embroidered curtains wasn’t nearly enough to entice Valerie Jenkins, shopping in Chicago the weekend before Thanksgiving. She expects the 60 to 70 percent off she got during the last holidays. “There were some...
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Will Santa Claus Deliver a Year-End Rally for Investors?

It turns out Santa Claus doesn’t just deliver gifts under the Christmas tree. Traditionally, November and December are positive months for the U.S. stock market as well. Chalk it up to year-end catch-up buying or positive seasonal holiday cheer, but history shows that investors can expect stock market...
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Week’s Winners and Losers: Pandora Jams, Costco Slammed

There were plenty of winners and losers this week, with a struggling music app getting a boost from a record-breaking album and another cult fave experiencing an E. coli scare. Pandora (P) — Winner Adele’s “25” is a hit, and unlike streaming music rivals Spotify or Apple’s (AAPL)...
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E. coli Outbreak Linked to Chipotle Restaurants Expands

An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle has expanded to nine states, with a total of 52 reported illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday seven additional people were sickened, including in three more states: Illinois, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The most recent illness started...
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8 Things That Are Cheaper at Target

There’s no arguing that Target has a loyal following among many shoppers. While the retail giant may not always have the lowest prices, it certainly attracts consumers happily willing to pay a little extra to avoid the crowded aisles of some other discounters. But there are certain items...
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