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  • To prevent data theft, businesses race to adopt new technology

    WASHINGTON Recent high-profile data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have accelerated plans by banks and retailers to implement technologies they say will prevent hackers from stealing consumers' account information. Malware installed in Neiman...
  • Retailers contort brick-and-mortar experience to fit phone-sized space

    Diamond retailer Blue Nile prides itself on being one of the pioneers of e-commerce, but its first inkling that smartphones would bring yet another revolution to the online marketplace took the company completely by surprise. In 2009, a buyer sitting...
  • Surging retail sales signal an economy on the upswing

    Surging retail sales signal an economy on the upswing
    Americans rushed out to shop as frigid weather lifted in March, propelling retail sales at the fastest pace in a year and a half. The gauge from the Commerce Department surged 1.1% last month from February in its biggest leap since September 2012. Sales...
  • Retail sales surge in March at fastest pace in 1 1/2 years

    Retail sales surge in March at fastest pace in 1 1/2 years
    WASHINGTON -- Retail sales surged last month at their fastest pace in 1-1/2 years as consumer spending heated up after a harsh winter. The Commerce Department said Monday that seasonally adjusted retail sales increased 1.1% in March. Officials also...
  • Easter spending expected to fall this year, NRF says

    Easter spending expected to fall this year, NRF says
    Visions of Easter bunnies and warmer weather -- at last -- have consumers getting into the shopping spirit, but spending for the holiday is still expected to dip compared to last year, the nation’s largest retail trade group said Wednesday....
  • March gladness: Hiring regains its step

    WASHINGTON A return to solid hiring in March, reported by the government Friday, eased concerns that the U.S. economy was slipping back into lower gear. Employers added 192,000 jobs in March, and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent. Coming...
  • Nearly two dozen charged in statewide retail theft ring

    Nearly two dozen charged in statewide retail theft ring
    An estimated $15 million statewide shoplifting ring has been broken up with charges filed against 23 people, according to the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. The yearlong joint investigation, dubbed Operation Over the Counter, stretched from Miami-...
  • Sen. Mark Warner pushes for reforms to Affordable Care Act

    Sen. Mark Warner pushes for reforms to Affordable Care Act
    The Affordable Care Act needs another option for people who say the premiums of its Gold, Silver and Bronze plans are too high, Sen. Mark Warner says. And, he adds, its size cut-off for businesses that are supposed to offer coverage needs to be reset....
  • Appeals court upholds Fed's 21-cent cap on retailer 'swipe fees'

    Appeals court upholds Fed's 21-cent cap on retailer 'swipe fees'
    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...
  • Retail sales rise more than expected in February

    Retail sales rise more than expected in February
    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...
  • House panel considers Internet sales tax compromise

    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,...
  • Lobby update: What retailers say about Virginia bills

    Lobby update: What retailers say about Virginia bills
    From taxes on plastic bags to school calendars, the Virginia Retail Federation monitors state legislation for its members. In a recent edition of the groups' "Retail Angles" publication, the federation reviewed some of the bills that may have an...