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Aug 22, 2014

Target Data Breach Strains Q2 Earnings
Months after incurring a data breach that compromised data from 70 million customers, Target is still feeling the pinch.

SD City Council Overrides Mayor, Approves Minimum Wage Hike
Rate hike to $9.75 to take effect January 1, 2015.

“Venmo Me” is New Money Exchange Directive of Millennials
Peer-to-peer payment app Venmo is achieving strong growth among Gen Y consumers.

Hoosier Lottery Generates Record Sales
Private management company falls short of stated goal, but sets sales record in its first full year on the job.

Not So Fast: Family Dollar Rejects Takeover Bid by Dollar General
Discount chain cites antitrust concerns in rejecting Dollar General offer.

Oregon Considers 363-Mile Long Smoking Ban
Restriction would make Oregon the first state to ban smoking at Oregon parks along its coastline.


Aug 21, 2014

More Talk Than Walk, When It Comes to Healthy Eating
Research shows disconnect between consumers’ desire for a healthy lifestyle and actual behavior.

Banks Are Profiting From Everything We Buy
From burgers to back-to-school, banks — not retailers — bring in the big bucks.

Taking the Mystery Out of Background Checks
Free webinar: Simple strategies can help employers understand the complicated process.

Time to Level the Playing Field for Beer and Wine Sales in Ontario
Report recommends a more competitive system for alcohol sales.

Philippines’ FamilyMart May Begin Franchising
Company seeks ideal mix of company-owned and franchised outlets.

Nice N Easy to Be Sold to CST Brands
Texas-based company will acquire 77 locations from central New York chain of c-stores.


Aug 20, 2014

Uber Prepares to Launch “Corner Store” Service
Drivers will deliver convenience store items in Washington, D.C., test launch.

Continuing Data Breaches Spur Effort to Boost Card Security
Banks and retailers speed up drive to add chips to cards.

Tim Hortons Uses Dark Humor to Launch New Coffee
Marketing stunt turns stores black, inside and out.

Couche-Tard Considers Minority Stake in Sinopec
Canadian c-store chain on short list to purchase stake in Chinese fuel network.

British Photographer Idealizes Brightly Lit Gas Stations
Stations shine “like a beacon of hope in the night for a weary traveler.”


Aug 19, 2014

NACS Asks Supreme Court to Hear Debt Swipe Fee Appeal
Request is for highest court to decide case that affects consumers and retailers more than 100 million times every day.

Economics Drives Buying Decisions on Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
Fuel economy and vehicle cost are most important factors, according to Fuels Institute consumer poll.

BP Supports Veterans and Active Duty Service Members
Company sponsors Valor Games Midwest, introduces #WallOfThanks campaign.

The Fight for Family Dollar
Dollar General outbids Dollar Tree for Family Dollar with $9.7 billion offer.

Japanese Convenience Stores Offer New Entertainment, Food Options
From karaoke to fresh baked bread, c-stores try to differentiate in a competitive market.


Aug 18, 2014

Supervalu Confirms Data Breach
‘Criminal intrusion’ affected the network that processes payment card transactions.

Dating Site Launches Career ‘Matchmaking’ Service
eHarmony is taking its dating skills to the hiring and recruiting business.

McDonald’s Tests Automated Cashiers
Touchscreens allow customers to pay without waiting in line or interacting with cashiers.

Walmart Finds Bright Spot in Smaller Formats
Same-store sales for Walmart’s Neighborhood Market stores rose 5.6% during Q2.

New National Lottery Game Coming Soon
Monopoly Millionaire's Club will make its debut on October 19 in Indiana.

Family Express Unveils New Espresso Offering
New machines will brew fresh, custom hot and iced espresso beverages.