| Mar 21, 2014
| 11:31 AM
A Federal Reserve rule allowing banks to charge retailers 21 cents to process debit-card transactions has been upheld by a federal appeals panel, a blow to big merchants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp.
A lower court judge invalidated the...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 5:06 PM
With the first hint of spring sunshine last month, shoppers began emerging from hibernation, fueling hopes that a particularly bitter winter was to blame for the sour economic signals of recent months.
Retail sales rose 0.3% to $427.2 billion in...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 5:59 PM
WASHINGTON — Seeking to end the long-running battle over the collection of sales taxes for online purchases, the House Judiciary Committee debated possible compromises that included two ideas to tax Internet sales based on the retailer's home state,...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:11 PM
The massive theft of Target Corp. customer data contributed to a huge drop in fourth-quarter profit as the retailer scrambled to win back the trust of consumers and shore up its hobbled payments system.
The Minneapolis-based chain reported that profit...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:49 PM
WASHINGTON -- After a spate of large-scale cyberattacks on large retailers, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. urged Congress to adopt a national standard for notifying consumers of a security breach.
Holder said creating such a law would bolster the Justice...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:16 PM
This year's streak of nasty weather is wreaking havoc on the economy, causing plunging worker productivity, soaring heating bills, canceled flights, damaged crops and frozen hiring.
But the bitter conditions, which last month left thousands stranded...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 6:41 AM
The severe weather that has hit much of the country this winter has cost the economy nearly $50 billion in lost productivity and 76,000 jobs, according to a new survey.
Snow, ice and bitter cold will shave about 0.3 percentage point from economic...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration again delayed a requirement that large employers provide their workers with health benefits, offering businesses more relief from the president's health law deadlines.
Under the law, employers with more than...
| Feb 2, 2014
Nordstrom is famously forgiving when shoppers change their minds about purchases.
Customers love it — especially those whose motives may be questionable. The Seattle retailer has been known to take back well-worn clothing, shoes bought years...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 8:33 AM
WASHINGTON -- Business groups gave mixed reviews to President Obama's State of the Union address.
They praised him for urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling the corporate tax code, making it easier to strike trade deals and reforming the...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Target Corp. became the latest major company to say it will stop offering healthcare coverage for part-time workers, and experts said it won't be the last.
The Minneapolis company announced in a corporate blog post that it was changing its benefits...