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Tuesday's monthly retail-sales report from the Commerce Department showed U.S. sales declines at auto dealerships, building- and garden-supply stores and restaurants, suggesting Americans are still reluctant to spend freely. While employers have stepped up hiring since January, wage growth remains weak and is barely keeping...

Hardy, chairman of Hardy Capital, a Vancouver-based merchant bank, bought OnlineShoes.com for an undisclosed amount in a deal completed Friday. OnlineShoes.com, founded in 1996 by Dan Gerler, was one of the first Internet-based shoe retailers. Hardy said OnlineShoes' history and returning customer base intrigued him....

This back-to-school season, Target Corp. wants to tap the same sort of feel-good consumerism that helped put Toms Shoes on the map. The Minneapolis-based retailer will announce Wednesday that for every purchase of certain school supplies, it will donate a similar item to students...