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September 15, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
It was an unexpectedly tame and well-behaved affair - until the bags were rolled out. At a Target store in West Hollywood, about 10 minutes after the 8 a.m. launch of the retailer's much-anticipated 3.1 Phillip Lim collection, many of the roughly 150 shoppers who had waited in line in the wee hours were still milling about the already stripped racks. They been let into the store in groups of five. Although some had half-jogged to the display of womenswear, menswear and accessories, the shoppers were largely polite to each other, friendly even, as they heaped armfuls of dresses and tops into shopping carts.
September 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING - If Nicole Zhou reflects how the Chinese feel about Apple Inc.'s latest iPhones, the technology giant may have a huge struggle on its hands winning consumers over in the world's biggest smartphone market. One day after the Cupertino, Calif., company unveiled two new iPhone models - the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back - 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a Samsung Galaxy S4 instead.
August 30, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Whether you're a New Jersey mall rat or a farmer in India, being poor can sap your smarts. In fact, the mental energy required to make do with scarce resources taxes the brain so much that it can perpetuate the cycle of poverty, new research shows. The findings, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, indicate that an urgent need - making rent, getting money for food - tugs at the attention so much that it can reduce the brainpower of anyone who experiences it, regardless of innate intelligence or personality.
August 9, 2013 | By Lew Sichelman
Be patient. Hang in there. Keep trying. In one form or another, that's the advice some real estate experts give buyers in dealing with this overheated housing market. Yes, it is a good time to buy in terms of house prices and mortgage rates. If you find a good house at a good price and a loan at a good rate, go for it. But the inventory of available homes for sale is extremely low, for any number of reasons. In many markets, regular buyers are competing with investors who are willing to pay cash to turn properties into rentals.
August 6, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Industry insiders are accusing Lululemon Athletica of neglecting plus-size shoppers. According to some former employees and consumer advocates,  Lululemon actively deters plus-size women by not prominently displaying yoga pants in sizes 10 and up. (We can have a separate discussion another time about whether size 10 can actually be considered plus-size.) One former employee told the Huffington Post's Kim Bhasin that size 10s and 12s were left unattended in a separate part of the store.
July 25, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
A poll published Thursday by a consumer advocacy group found that a majority of shoppers want Trader Joe's to stop selling meat and poultry from animals that were fed antibiotics. The Monrovia-based grocery chain has been under pressure by Consumer Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports magazine.  The poll found that 69% of shoppers who have bought meat at Trader Joe's think the company should pull from its shelves meat raised on antibiotics.  The most outrageous fast-food menu items The poll also found that most shoppers, nearly 80%, were unaware that some meat sold at the chain had been raised on the drugs.
July 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Trader Joe's came out on top of a list of favorite North American grocery chains, chosen by more than 6,600 consumers surveyed by Market Force Information. The report, released Wednesday, showed Publix Super Markets and Whole Foods Market rounding out the top three favorites. In the West, Safeway ruled the list. Kroger led in the South and the Midwest, and Stop & Shop reigned in the Northeast. In Canada, Loblaws was the preferred brand. Wal-Mart had the lowest satisfaction score of the 30 brands studied -- even though its score was nearly four out of five, with five the best possible score.
July 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
After uninspiring sales in the first half of the year, retailers are hustling to salvage a back-to-school shopping season that has gotten off to a muted start. Parents, worried about the economy and pressed for time, plan to spend less money and do more school-related shopping online, recent surveys show. To chase elusive customers, many retailers are sprucing up their Web portals and offering special Internet deals. For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is posting school uniforms on its online Classrooms by Wal-Mart database.
July 16, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Kate Mather
Shoppers at a Wal-Mart on Crenshaw Boulevard described a scene of chaos and mayhem Monday night as unruly protesters stormed the store, tossing merchandise and trying to loot jewelry cases. Police estimated about 150 people took part in the violence Monday night after a peaceful vigil at Leimert Park. They were protesting the acquittal Saturday of George  Zimmerman, 29, in Florida on second-degree murder and manslaughter in last year's shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old  Trayvon Martin . The group of roving protesters marched down Crenshaw Boulevard.
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