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HMV to Close Even More Stores, Lay Off 464 More Employees HMV to Close Even More Stores, Lay Off 464 More Employees

U.K. Electronics retailer HMV is set to close 37 more stores and lay off 464 more employees. This is in addition to the 66 store closures and 930 employee lay offs that were announced earlier this month. No date has …

Best Buy Adopts Online Price-Matching Best Buy Adopts Online Price-Matching

Over the holiday season, Best Buy began offering its customers price-matching on products that can be found for lower prices at online retailers. The move was meant to curb incidences of “showrooming” – the term that refers to customers who …

Google Retail Stores On The Way? Google Retail Stores On The Way?
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Google is planning on opening up retail stores in major metropolitan areas by the end of the year, according to a report from 9to5Google. Seth Weintraub, who notes that Google already has a retail presence in a number of Best …

Still Can’t Find A Surface Pro? Check Back Again Later This Week Still Can’t Find A Surface Pro? Check Back Again Later This Week
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The Surface Pro is selling out pretty much everywhere. Consumers hoping to grab Microsoft’s latest tablet/laptop hybrids have been met with disappointment after stores across the nation sold out almost immediately. Now Microsoft is working to get more stock into …

Blockbuster Closing 300 More Stores in the U.S. Blockbuster Closing 300 More Stores in the U.S.
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As media consumption shifts to streaming and downloaded products, retailers of physical entertainment media are being forced to change rapidly or die ignoble deaths. At the same time that Blockbuster U.K. has entered administration (bankruptcy) and announced 160 of its …

Blockbuster U.K. to Close 160 Stores, More Closings Possible Blockbuster U.K. to Close 160 Stores, More Closings Possible
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Last week Blockbuster U.K. announced that it would be entering administration and begin looking for a buyer for its 528 stores across the U.K. Today, the real process of closing up shop has started and store closings have been announced. …

Here’s What Etsy Looks Like As An Actual Store Here’s What Etsy Looks Like As An Actual Store
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Last month, Etsy launched a pop-up shopping in experience in New York City, in the form of the Etsy Holiday Shop. Many Etsy users have no doubt fantasized about a physical location they could go to and browse Etsy merchandise, …

Blockbuster U.K. Enters Administration Blockbuster U.K. Enters Administration

Coming just one day after U.K. electronics retailer HMV announced it would seek administration, auditing firm Deloitte has announced that it has been commissioned to administrate Blockbuster U.K. Deloitte was also mentioned as a possible administrator for HMV. Deloitte claims …

HMV Closing?  Electronics Retailer Enters Administration HMV Closing? Electronics Retailer Enters Administration

HMV, the British entertainment retailer, has announced that its discussions with creditors have come to an end and the company will enter administration. Trading of HMV stock has been suspended on the London Stock Exchange. Deloitte partners Nick, Edwards, Neville …

It Looks Like Payments Will Belong To PayPal In 2013 It Looks Like Payments Will Belong To PayPal In 2013
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PayPal announced on Monday that it has reached deals with 23 major national retailers to enable customers to pay with PayPal in stores. Participating retailers include: Famous Footwear, Dollar General, Mapco Express, RadioShack, Spartan Stores, Abercrombie & Fitch, Advance Auto …

Microsoft Is Finally Expanding Surface RT Availability To Retailers Microsoft Is Finally Expanding Surface RT Availability To Retailers
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An analyst with Detwiler Fenton said last week that Microsoft’s Surface wasn’t doing so well. The analyst attributed the lack of success to two causes – limited distribution and a high price. Microsoft hasn’t fixed the price yet, but it …

Facebook Gifts Rolls Out to All Users in the US Facebook Gifts Rolls Out to All Users in the US

Just in time for the gift-giving season, Facebook has just made its new ecommerce platform, Facebook Gifts, available to everyone inside the United States. “Starting today, Facebook Gifts is available to everyone in the U.S. With Gifts, you can instantly …

Facebook Gifts Gets More Retail Partners, Still Rolling Out to Users Facebook Gifts Gets More Retail Partners, Still Rolling Out to Users
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Last night, at their Gifts event in NYC (the one rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy), Facebook announced new partners for the ecommerce initiative as well as a global expansion of it that will see it roll out to millions more …

Retail Video Game Sales Continue to Plummet Retail Video Game Sales Continue to Plummet
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In another sign of both the dying retail video game merchants and the slow death of the current console cycle, new numbers show that retail sales of video games, video game hardware, and video game accessories in October were down …

Google Talks Holiday Shopping Trends Businesses Need To Be Aware Of Google Talks Holiday Shopping Trends Businesses Need To Be Aware Of
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Consumers intend to spend more on holiday shopping this year than they did last year, according to new research from Google. Do you expect to see better holiday sales than last year? Let us know in the comments. “We expect …

Walmart Offers Same-Day Delivery, but Only as a Test Walmart Offers Same-Day Delivery, but Only as a Test

Good news for impatient holiday shoppers: retail giant Walmart is in the middle of launching same-day delivery of thousands of products. Bad news: it’s only a test going off in select cities for now. According to the AP, somewhere around …

Facebook Tests New “Collections” Feature Facebook Tests New “Collections” Feature
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Facebook has begun testing a new feature called “Collections,” which will let retailers provide new ways for Facebook fans to share products they like with their friends. It comes in the form of a new type of Page post that …

Google Adds Catalogs To Google Shopping Google Adds Catalogs To Google Shopping
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Google has launched Google Catalogs on the web, after over a year of having it available only as an app for tablets. It was first launched for the iPad in August of last year, until an Android version was launched …

Amazon Rumored To Be Working On Square-Like Service Amazon Rumored To Be Working On Square-Like Service
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Rumor has it that Amazon is working on a service that could compete directly with Square and others in the mobile payments space. Leena Rao at TechCrunch reports: “A tipster and an industry source both tell us that Amazon is …

Barnes & Noble Continues Nook Expansion in UK Barnes & Noble Continues Nook Expansion in UK

Last month, Barnes & Noble announced that it would begin selling its Nook products in the UK, marking the company’s first international expansion. Today, the company announced a partnership with Dixons Retail, owner of PC World and Currys, which will …

Facebook Is Tracking What You Buy to Provide Marketers Better Ad Analytics Facebook Is Tracking What You Buy to Provide Marketers Better Ad Analytics
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Facebook’s already tenuous relationship with its users over privacy and the sharing of personal information has a new wrinkle, as it looks like Facebook has waded into the retail sales tracking business. According to The Financial Times, Facebook has already …