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Wal-Mart Fires Back At Strike Plans-Labor Union For Alleged Illegal Activities

Just ahead of the busiest retail weekend of the year, Wal-Mart has a filed legal complaint against a union.

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Holiday Shopping Now Starts Before Black Friday or Cyber Monday — Dollars and Sense

While some fanatical Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers are already at the gates waiting to assault the holiday-shopping season with their fearsome craving for stuff, some retail analysts say the gates are actually open now and the race is already in progress.

Thom Blischok, chief retail strategist for Booz and Company says, “Cyber Monday has begun, essentially. No question about it.”

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"Black Friday" Marks Launch Of Holiday Shopping Season
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Walmart Pushes Black Friday Start Back to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving – Is That Too Early? [POLL]

 

Remember when getting up at 5 or 6am to be in line by 7am Black Friday was considered "crazy?"

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Top Toys for Upcoming Holiday Season: New Wii, One Direction Dolls & Furby — Again?

We know, we know—it's only September. When it comes to toys, though, it's never too early to start thinking about the holiday season, especially for retailers. It is big business. Huge business. The buying frenzy of the holidays can comprise 40 percent of the total annual profit for a toy store. With this in mind, Toys R Us has released their 2012 Holiday Hot Toy List to get a head start on the hottest items this year.

So what's on it this year?

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Now Broadcasting from the Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits Studio! [SLIDE SHOW]

Newstalk 870 was on site for the ribbon cutting at Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits' new Kennewick location last Friday. The business is now sponsoring KFLD's studio so starting this week we'll be sending you Conservative Radio from the Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits Studio!

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Walmart Rolls Out Smaller ‘Express’ Stores — Dollars and Sense

Because Walmart doesn’t yet blanket enough of the US (and beyond), the retailer is now rolling out smaller versions of itself called Walmart Express stores. And they already seem quite profitable.

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What Do We Buy Most in Warehouse Stores?

Question: According to a national survey, what is the best-selling item at warehouse club stores?

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What Happens to Unredeemed Gift Cards?

The holidays may be over, but chances are you’ve got a constant reminder: a gift card. Gift cards are always a popular choice for holiday gifts, so you’d think more of them would actually be redeemed — but experts believe at least $2 billion worth of the cards given last year will never see a cash register.

So what happens to all that money?

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How Much Did We NOT Like Our Christmas Gifts? Try 49 Billion Worth

retailers set for huge days of returns, exchanges.

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Anonymous Person Paying Off Peoples’ Layaway Accounts

A mysterious donor in Detroit and othe KMart Stores

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