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Shoppers buy earlier this holiday season

By Jessica Wohl and Alistair Barr CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO | Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:13pm EST CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Online shopping has grown sharply so far this holiday shopping season after U.S. retailers pushed out a slew of mobile and Internet deals that lured consumers before Cyber Monday, traditionally the biggest day for e-commerce in America. While it re...

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Obama visits bookstore, promotes "Small Business Saturday"

By Margaret Chadbourn WASHINGTON | Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:44pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, in a bid to show support for small businesses, took his daughters on an early Christmas shopping trip on Saturday as the U.S. retail sector swings into high gear this holiday season. Promoting "Small Business Saturday," the third annual event that encourages...

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Knight in talks for market-making unit sale: sources

Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:49pm EST (Reuters) - Knight Capital Group Inc (KCG.N) is in talks about possibly selling its market-making operation, its largest and most profitable business, but it is not known if a deal will happen, a source said on Saturday. The securities firm has been approached by at least two rivals about its market-making operation, which uses complicated computer models...

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Deutsche Telekom sees huge synergies from MetroPCS deal: paper

FRANKFURT | Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:07am EST FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE) expects the merger of its T-Mobile USA with MetroPCS Communications Inc (PCS.N) will reap "several billions of euros" in synergies, Telekom chairman Ulrich Lehner told a German weekly magazine. "The position of Deutsche Telekom in the USA will improve markedly as a result...

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Knight Capital in talks for sale of market-making unit: WSJ

Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:42am EST (Reuters) - Knight Capital Group Inc (KCG.N) is in talks about possibly selling its market-making operation, its largest and most profitable business, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the discussions. The securities firm has been approached by at least two rivals about its market-making operation, which uses complicated computer...

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Wall Street Week Ahead: Political wrangling to pinch market's nerves

By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK | Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:53pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - Volatility is the name of this game. With the S&P 500 above 1,400 following five days of gains, traders will be hard pressed not to cash in on the advance at the first sign of trouble during negotiations over tax hikes and spending cuts that resume next week in Washington.President Bar...

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Shoppers welcome early start to "Black Friday"

By Phil Wahba and Dhanya Skariachan NEW YORK/BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota | Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:07pm EST NEW YORK/BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota (Reuters) - Retailers declared their experiment with earlier store openings to kick off the holiday shopping season a success on Friday, with those new hours expected to be a Thanksgiving night staple for more retailers next year. Stores ...

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Nine arrests in Walmart protest, business still brisk

By Jessica Wohl CHICAGO | Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:54pm EST CHICAGO (Reuters) - Nine people were arrested near a Walmart store in California on Friday as part of national protests for the rights of hourly workers, even as the world's largest retailer enjoyed what it said was its best ever start to the holiday shopping rush. Hundreds of protesters, including some Walmart w...

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Wall Street ends higher in short session, led by techs

By Leah Schnurr NEW YORK | Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:13pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rose for a fifth day during a holiday-shortened, thinly traded session on Friday as investors picked up recently beaten-down shares of large technology companies. Market participants were also encouraged by signs of progress in talks about releasing aid to debt-saddled Greece and pile...

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Early birds grab bigger slice of retail pie

By Phil Wahba and Dhanya Skariachan NEW YORK/BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota | Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:48pm EST NEW YORK/BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota (Reuters) - An early start to the U.S. holiday shopping season boosted retailers as customers came with their families and loaded up carts on Thursday night, while later shoppers seemed more focused on sale items. Stores such as Target Co...

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