Best Buy 2Q performance beats analysts' expectations

...successfully navigate a tough consumer electronics market as it wrestles with deflation and increased competition from online stores, notably Amazon.com.It was only a few years ago that critics were about to write Best Buy's obituary, questioning...

Online stores ring up record sales

...Bauer, Lands' End and other online stores to order what she wants. "Even...millions of others are helping online stores ring up record sales this year...Yet even with growing sales, online stores will likely see less revenue per...

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Plaintiffs' attorneys say Steve Jobs' e-mails show CEO wanted to keep iPod free of rival stores' songs

...purchased from Apple's own iTunes store. By updating the iTunes and iPod software to block music from competing online stores, Apple maintained a closed system that discouraged consumers from buying competing music players, plaintiffs' attorney...

Jurors to hear Steve Jobs testimony at Apple trial

...Music Store operated by RealNetworks, an Internet streaming company based in Seattle. As a result, songs from rival online stores could not be played on iPods, and songs purchased on iTunes could not be played on competing portable devices, including...

Apple hires Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as a senior vice president

...ranks of its management.Ahrendts will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook when she leaves Burberry to join Apple next spring in a newly created position of senior vice president in charge of retail and online stores.? Associated Press

Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices

...said it wants to see how competitors and customers respond to the program, but it doesn't have any plans to add online stores to the test. Duncan Mac Naughton, the chief merchandising and marketing officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s U...

Back fat, tattoos and thicker waists are among the new features on mannequins

...compared with the more realistic-looking ones that can cost up to $1,500. Now, as shoppers are increasingly buying online, stores are seeing mannequins as a tool to entice shoppers to buy.Indeed, studies show mannequins matter when shoppers...

Freebie Web sites cause marketing chaos

...com and deal-finder.com, which popped up on banner ads across the Internet a few months before Christmas, as online stores began vying for cyberdollars. These sites spread the word about free offers, coupons and rebates. When an offer...

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Beyond.com exits consumer software market

...the Internet, the company said Wednesday. It plans to focus instead on the lower-profile business of setting up online stores for other businesses and digitally downloading software for government agencies. "We are focusing our resources and...

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Mobile devices have big effect in marketplace

...affect how many options shoppers have, which could in turn affect prices. As more shoppers get used to ordering items online, stores could shrink and could choose to sell fewer items ? perhaps limiting colors or sizes ? meaning it might be harder...