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1. Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

2. Headphones, Speakers Top Gift Lists -

ATLANTA (AP) – Listen up, Santa: Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans.

Audio equipment is among the top-selling electronics gifts this holiday season, accounting for 13 percent of the $8 billion in consumer electronics sales between Nov. 24 and Dec. 7, according to research firm NPD Group.

3. Starbucks Promo Prods Lawmakers to ‘Come Together' -

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants lawmakers to come together to resolve their political gridlock. And he's giving away free coffee to customers who set an example how to do it.

4. Apple is Biggest US Phone Seller for 1st Time -

NEW YORK (AP) – The launch of the iPhone 5 and the declining popularity of non-smartphones have made Apple the biggest seller of phones in the U.S. for the first time, research firm Strategy Analytics said Friday.

5. IPhone Appeal Dims as Samsung Shines -

NEW YORK (AP) – The latest iPhone looks much the same as the first iPhone, which came out more than five years ago. That hasn't been a problem for Apple – until, now.

The pace of iPhone sales has slowed, Apple revealed last week. Part of the problem is that the competition has found a formula that works: thinner phones with big screens that make the iPhone look small and chubby.

6. Holiday Season Marked by Different Shopper Types -

Four types of American shoppers have altered the shopping landscape this holiday season.

There's the bargain hunter who times deals. The midnight buyer who stays up late for discounts. The returner who gets buyer's remorse. And the "me" shopper who self-gifts.

7. TVs are Hot Sellers This Holiday Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – In an unexpected twist, TVs are topping many Christmas shopping lists this year.

Wal-Mart says TVs are among the top gifts people are putting on layaway at its 3,000-plus U.S. stores during the holiday season. The Westinghouse 46-inch LCD HDTV that was on sale for half off at Target for $298 was a top seller during the start to the season last weekend. And Abt Electronics already has sold out of 55-inch Samsung LED TVs that were marked down by half to $1,099.

8. Target's Q3 Profits Up 3.7 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is the latest company to learn the new retailing reality: If you discount it, they will come.

The cheap chic discounter on Wednesday reported its biggest increase in quarterly sales since before the recession began with the help of a 5 percent discount for customers who use its branded credit and debit cards.

9. With Kindle Fire, Amazon's Digital Ambitions Burn -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Amazon's unveiling of the Kindle Fire tablet computer sends a bright-hot message: The online retailer is ready to rival iPad maker Apple in an effort to be the world's top digital content provider.

10. Food Companies Take Veggie Cue From Sneaky Trend -

It looks like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and Kraft says it tastes just like the original. But a new ingredient is lurking inside this version of the American family dinner staple — cauliflower.

11. US Video Game Sales Dip to Oct 2006 Levels -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – U.S. sales of consoles and video games fell 14 percent in May to $743 million, the lowest monthly figure since October 2006.

NPD Group, which compiles the data, said Monday that the decline is mostly due to a light schedule of new releases. There were just 42 new games released in May compared to 58 in the same month a year ago.

12. US Video Game Sales Fell 4 Percent in March -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – U.S. retail sales of video game systems, games and accessories fell 4 percent in March as game software sales declined, according to new data from an industry group.

13. Kroger Makes Push Into Store-Brand Beauty Products -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Grocery chain Kroger Co. is making a big push into the beauty business, this summer more than doubling its number of store-brand cosmetics, shampoos and other items while preparing to launch more products this fall and next year.

14. Restaurants Embrace New Normal -

“For 2010, I’d like to see a 20 percent increase in revenue,” said Jeff Dunham, owner and chef at the popular Grove Grill in East Memphis.

15. Retailers' Stores Thinly Stocked; Profits Won't Be -

ATLANTA (AP) - Retailers have thin inventories after coming out of Christmas with slightly better-than-expected sales.

Some retailers kept inventory so low they've had to bring in new merchandise to restock shelves, a rare move this soon after Christmas.

16. Web Retailers Extend Shipping Deadlines -

Retail Web sites have bumped back deadlines and offer free express shipping after weekend snowstorms kept holiday shoppers home in large areas of the East Coast.

Meanwhile, some bricks-and-mortar stores are extending early morning bargains that had been offered on Saturday through Wednesday.

17. Electronics Soar; Clothing, Luxury Stumble in Nov. -

NEW YORK (AP) - Electronics sellers and online merchants thrived in November, particularly on Black Friday, but clothing and luxury merchants struggled, according to estimates released Wednesday.

18. Smart Spending: When Black Friday is Worth Effort -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Shopping on Black Friday can be daunting, with massive crowds, pre-dawn start times and long checkout lines.

Roughly 77 million Americans are expected to head to stores Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and often considered the start of the holiday shopping season, and the frenzy will continue through the weekend.

19. After 60 Years Circuit City Powers Down -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - What began 60 years ago as a humble television store in this sleepy Southern capital ended Sunday as Circuit City closed its doors for good – its 567 remaining U.S. stores to be left broom clean and vacant.

20. After Sales, Will Shoppers Pay Full Price Again? -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers are getting used to those 75 percent off sale signs, and that's bad news for merchants who worry they will also have to quickly slash prices on spring goods to attract customers.

21. Retailers Slash Prices To Entice Holiday Shoppers -

Shoppers hit the stores Friday to return unwanted gifts and take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.

22. As Christmas Nears, Expect More Discounts -

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The clock is winding down on what could be one of the worst holiday shopping seasons in decades and recession-hit shoppers are finally starting to feel some pressure to spend.

23. Holiday Shopping Season Off to a Modest Start -

NEW YORK (AP) - The Thanksgiving shopping weekend may not have been the disaster some had feared, but unprecedented discounts and tempered buying likely resulted in overall soft sales as a buying binge on Friday quickly fizzled. Now, online retailers are ramping up deals to turn skittish shoppers into "Cyber Monday" spenders.

24. Cash-Strapped Parents Cut Back on Spending -

With cash tight and fuel and food prices high, many parents are eyeing back-to-school lists warily, looking for bargains and buying used clothes. In some cases, they’re even thinking about sending their children to school without all the supplies they need.

25. Retailers Amp Up Promotions for Back-to-School -

NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers preparing for a difficult back-to-school season are getting creative in their attempts to entice shoppers into the stores - aggressively introducing new products, slashing prices and amping up marketing in the battle for parents' bucks.

26. Retailers Try to Lure Shoppers After Weak Holiday Season -

NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers opened earlier than ever on the day after Christmas on Wednesday and slashed prices with hopes of salvaging a holiday season that is falling short of already modest expectations.

27. Archived Article: Graphic (tech) - Tail-wagging Web browsers Tail-wagging Web browsers Seventy-five percent of pet owners who access the Internet are aware of online pet stores, up from 55 percent in September, according to a report released by The NPD Group Inc. and Media Metrix. Tw...

28. Archived Article: Marketplace - Trend on rise for Thanksgiving guests to sleep elsewhere Trend on rise for Thanksgiving guests to sleep elsewhere Cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner and cleaning up after the meal is enough work for many hosts who want visiting family and friends to ...