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What You Should Buy In September

A new month means new deals. September is the perfect time to grab up any outdoor gear as we tearfully say goodbye to summer. You can score some great deals on tents and sleeping bags as stores clear out their inventory to make room for fall and winter goods.

09/02/2014

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Target 1Q Profit Falls 16 Percent As Breach Takes Toll

Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada.

05/21/2014

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General Mills Reverses Its No Lawsuit Policy

A Minnesota company drew a firestorm of criticism for changing their legal terms. So now, they’re changing them back.

04/20/2014

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These Are The Best Buys Of March

At the start of every month, the WCCO Morning Show lets you know the best things to buy for the coming weeks. March is filled with deals on food, travel and leisure.

03/03/2014

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CVS Plans To Stop Tobacco Product Sales

CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1.

02/05/2014

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Rep. Loon: Sunday Liquor Sales Should Be Consumers’ Choice

A state representative is pushing to change the liquor law that prohibits stores from selling alcohol on Sundays.

01/19/2014

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Target Beta Testing Small Format Store In Dinkytown

In counterpoint to the “big box” model, Target announced plans to test out a small format store in the middle of the University of Minnesota’s Dinkytown neighborhood. The company said the story would be a mere 20,000 square feet.

01/17/2014

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Target Reveals Gift Card Snafu

Target is getting hit with another lump of coal this holiday season. The nation’s second-largest discount retailer said Tuesday that an unidentified number of gift cards sold over the holidays were not properly activated.

12/31/2013

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Final Holiday Shopping Weekend Attracts Bargain Hunters, Procrastinators

With weather not posing a problem, shoppers flocked to their neighborhood malls and stores on Saturday to finish or, in many cases, begin their holiday shopping. According to retail analysts, Saturday is expected to be the busiest shopping day in the shortened season. And with just three days remaining until Christmas Day, many are finding deep discounts as retailers try to trim inventories. And it’s not just people getting presents under the tree. Leah Goldade of Lulu and Luigi’s Pet Boutique says business is brisk.

12/21/2013

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Are More Doritos-Flavored Foods On The Way?

Dorito dust may be the new salt for more restaurant chains. PepsiCo Inc., which owns Cheetos, Fritos, Tostitos and other snacks, found success last year after teaming up with Taco Bell to create Dorito-flavored taco shells.

12/12/2013

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Could Farm Bill Lead To Higher Grocery Prices?

The gridlock in Washington D.C. may soon be felt at a grocery store near you. While lawmakers are expected to vote on a budget deal on Thursday, it’s a different bill that could really impact your wallet. If Congress doesn’t pass a new farm bill by the end of the year milk prices could double.

12/12/2013

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Target 3Q Results Mixed, Cuts 2013 Profit Outlook

Target Corp.’s third-quarter net income dropped 47 percent, stung by costs related to its expansion into Canada. Its adjusted profit beat analysts’ estimates, but revenue fell short. The department store operator also lowered its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.

11/21/2013

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Target, Other Retailers Take On Silicon Valley

Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all. At first glance, this workplace resembles any Silicon Valley startup.

11/15/2013

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Best Buy Opening Its Doors At 6 P.M. On Thanksgiving

Black Friday shopping at Best Buy will kick off at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the company said in a release. Stores will then remain open until 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. Best Buy said customers wanted to shop on Thanksgiving evening last year, so the Richfield-based company is catering to that trend.

11/08/2013

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What Will We Spend This Holiday Season?

A new holiday shopping survey shows people plan to spend more this holiday shopping season, but for the first time ever, stores are not the first place people are going. Most consumers, who were surveyed by the finance company Deloitte, said the Internet is their top shopping destination.

10/22/2013

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