May 15, 2012 We'll know more later this morning with the latest retail sales figures for April. The forecast is for sales to be down after mild weather pushed extra spending into the first three months of the year. But at least one segment of the retail sector has been hanging on to growth.
May 10, 2012 Foursquare has attracted 20 million users to its social network. To make money, it plans to go the Groupon route, but with personalized deals.
Apr 30, 2012 A small business incubator seeks to revitalize a neighborhood in Oakland through a handful of pop-up stores that have no plans to close.
Apr 16, 2012 The Commerce Department reports retail sales rose more than expected in March, by a solid 0.8 percent.
Apr 16, 2012 Retail numbers faced their second month of strength in March, helped by the warm weather and the early Easter holiday.
Apr 4, 2012 The daily deals website Groupon is being sued by a shareholder who says the company misled investors about its finances. Last week Groupon revised its fourth quarter earnings saying it failed to set aside enough money for customer refunds.
Heidi N. Moore
Apr 2, 2012 Discount coupon site Groupon has hit another accounting rough patch. This time, investors are taking notice.
Mar 30, 2012 Commentator Frances Frei says automation needs to improve the customer experience, not frustrate it.
Mar 27, 2012 Retail is getting more and more "robotified," and where it's most evident is the self checkout kiosks at supermarkets. Retail clerks are finding themselves displaced by the machines.