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Retail
M&S-EARNINGS/
RTR1PYFX
May 22, 2007
Bottles of beverages are displayed at a Marks & Spencer store in the City of London May 22, 2007. Marks...
London, United Kingdom
Bottles of beverages are displayed at a Marks & Spencer store in the City of London
Bottles of beverages are displayed at a Marks & Spencer store in the City of London May 22, 2007. Marks & Spencer said annual profits rose 28.5 percent to their highest level in nearly a decade thanks to higher sales in fashion and food, as it unveiled plans to create 10,000 jobs over three years. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)
SEARS KMART
RTR60IN
March 24, 2005
The Sears headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, seen in this November 17, 2004 file photo. Kmart...
Hoffman Estates, UNITED STATES
Sears headquarters in Hoffman Estates Illinois.
The Sears headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, seen in this November 17, 2004 file photo. Kmart Holding Corporation completed its $12 billion acquisition of Sears, Roebuck and Co., the companies said March 24, 2005, creating the third largest U.S. retailer. CPROD REUTERS/John Gress JG/HB
GAP-MURPHY/
RTR1SUWY
August 17, 2007
Pedestrians pass by a Gap clothing store in Washington August 17, 2007. The style quotient at Gap Inc...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Pedestrians pass by a Gap store in Washington
Pedestrians pass by a Gap clothing store in Washington August 17, 2007. The style quotient at Gap Inc has been in short supply in recent years, but the struggling retailer may just have found it in an unlikely source -- a little-known executive praised for bringing flair to Canada's No. 1 drugstore. Although Glenn Murphy -- named Gap's head late last month -- lacks the apparel experience that some believe is needed to run the San Francisco-based company, his track record at Shoppers Drug Mart shows that he may be able to revitalize a tired brand. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
FRANCE/
RTX45HY
November 28, 2007
People wait in line to purchase the iPhone at the new Orange store on the Champs Elysee avenue in Paris,...
Paris, France
People wait in line to purchase the iPhone at the new Orange store on the Champs Elysee avenue in Paris...
People wait in line to purchase the iPhone at the new Orange store on the Champs Elysee avenue in Paris, November 28, 2007. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE)
BRITAIN
RTRI76U
December 14, 2004
The entrance to a Gucci store is seen in central London, December 14, 2004. Gucci Group unveiled a strategic...
London, UK
Entrance to Gucci store is seen in central London.
The entrance to a Gucci store is seen in central London, December 14, 2004. Gucci Group unveiled a strategic review on Tuesday that will leave the structure of the world's third-largest luxury house intact and could see the Gucci brand double in size in the next seven years. REUTERS/Toby Melville TM/ASA
BRITAIN
RTRI762
December 14, 2004
A shopper enters a Gucci store in central London, December 14, 2004. Gucci Group unveiled a strategic...
London, UK
Shopper enters Gucci store in central London.
A shopper enters a Gucci store in central London, December 14, 2004. Gucci Group unveiled a strategic review on Tuesday that will leave the structure of the world's third-largest luxury house intact and could see the Gucci brand double in size in the next seven years. REUTERS/Toby Melville TM/ASA
BRITAIN
RTRIYGE
December 26, 2004
Shoppers queue outside Selfridges department store in Oxford Street for the start of the sales in London,...
London, UK
Shoppers queue outside Selfridges for the start of the sales in London.
Shoppers queue outside Selfridges department store in Oxford Street for the start of the sales in London, December 26, 2004. REUTERS/Stephen Hird SH/ASA
BRITAIN
RTR972K
December 23, 2003
A Christmas shopper passes sales adverts outside the Selfridges department store in Oxford Street, London,...
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain
A CHRISTMAS SHOPPER STANDS IN LONDON'S OXFORD STREET.
A Christmas shopper passes sales adverts outside the Selfridges department store in Oxford Street, London, December 23, 2003. REUTERS/Toby Melville TM/MD/AA
FRANCE/
RTR1XKB8
February 25, 2008
A shopper pays with his credit card in a supermarket in Nice southern France, February 25, 2008 as the...
Nice, France
A shopper pays with his credit card in a supermarket in Nice
A shopper pays with his credit card in a supermarket in Nice southern France, February 25, 2008 as the country's National Consumer's Institute (INC) reported a raise of food prices between the end of November 2007 and early January 2008. The INC reports that the price of spaghetti increased from between 31% and 45%, yoghurts increased from between 17% and 40% and ham 10% and 44%. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE)
FRANCE
RTR1XK9J
February 25, 2008
A woman walks in a food department in a supermarket in Nice southern France, February 25, 2008 as the...
Nice, France
A woman looks at a food department in a supermarket in Nice
A woman walks in a food department in a supermarket in Nice southern France, February 25, 2008 as the country's National Consumer's Institute (INC) reported a raise of food prices between the end of November 2007 and early January 2008. The INC reports that the price of spaghetti increased from between 31% and 45%, yoghurts increased from between 17% and 40% and ham 10% and 44%. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE)
POLAND/LODZ
RTR1WYDE
February 11, 2008
People walk near big letters at Manufaktura in Lodz January 15,2008. Lodz's most famous factory has been...
Warsaw, Poland
To match feature POLAND/LODZ
People walk near big letters at Manufaktura in Lodz January 15,2008. Lodz's most famous factory has been restored and now houses Manufaktura, a shopping and entertainment center with dance club, rock-climbing wall, museums and a bowling alley. Picture taken January 15, 2008. To match feature POLAND/LODZ REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND)
JAPAN-LUXURY/
RTX59AA
January 06, 2008
A doorman is silhouetted at the store entrance of Christian Dior in Tokyo's Ginza shopping and amusement...
Tokyo, Japan
To match feature JAPAN-LUXURY/
A doorman is silhouetted at the store entrance of Christian Dior in Tokyo's Ginza shopping and amusement district December 30, 2007. Despite a sluggish economy, tepid retail sales and a weak yen, demand for super-luxury goods and services is up, thanks to a small, growing class of new rich -- the winners of Japan's economic reforms. To match feature JAPAN-LUXURY/ REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)
SINGAPORE
RTR1XY5H
March 06, 2008
A vegetable vendor works at his roadside shop in the Indian district in Singapore March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Ahmad...
Singapore, Singapore
A vegetable vendor works at his roadside shop in the Indian district in Singapore
A vegetable vendor works at his roadside shop in the Indian district in Singapore March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (SINGAPORE)
RUSSIA-ELECTION/
RTR1XSQU
March 02, 2008
A shopkeeper takes part in the presidential elections in a village, 20 km (12.4 miles) from the regional...
Barnaul, Russia
Shopkeeper takes part in the presidential elections in a village, 20 km from the regional main city of...
A shopkeeper takes part in the presidential elections in a village, 20 km (12.4 miles) from the regional main city of Barnaul, March 2, 2008. Russians voted for a new president on Sunday in an election expected to deliver a victory to Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin's chosen successor and another blow to Moscow's already tarnished democratic image. The letters read, "Election, Electoral Commission of Altai region". REUTERS/Andrei Kasprishin (RUSSIA)
CUBA/
RTR1XHI0
February 24, 2008
A boy walks past a butcher store in Havana February 23, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (CUBA)
Havana, Cuba
A boy walks past a butcher store
A boy walks past a butcher store in Havana February 23, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (CUBA)
ITALY
RTX5D89
January 09, 2008
A man carries shopping bags past a clothing boutique announcing its New Year sales in Milan January 7,...
Milan, Italy
A man carries shopping bags past a clothing boutique announcing its New Year sales in Milan
A man carries shopping bags past a clothing boutique announcing its New Year sales in Milan January 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY)
CHINA-ECONOMY/CONFIDENCE
RTR1OD4L
April 06, 2007
A woman does her shopping at a supermarket in Shanghai April 6, 2007. China's business confidence index...
Shanghai, China
Woman does her shopping at a supermarket in Shanghai
A woman does her shopping at a supermarket in Shanghai April 6, 2007. China's business confidence index rose to a record high of 142.0 in the first quarter of 2007, compared with 135.3 in the previous quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA)
JAPAN/
RTR1MFJG
February 15, 2007
A shopper reaches out for a tray of fish at a market in Naha on Japan's southern island of Okinawa February...
Tokyo, Japan
A shopper reaches out for a tray of fish at a market in Naha on Japan's southern island of Okinawa
A shopper reaches out for a tray of fish at a market in Naha on Japan's southern island of Okinawa February 15, 2007. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)
SHOPPING-FRANCE/
RTR1L0SW
January 09, 2007
A woman walks past discount signs announcing winter sales in Marseille, January 9, 2007. Shops across...
Marseille, France
A woman walks past discount signs announcing winter sales in Marseille
A woman walks past discount signs announcing winter sales in Marseille, January 9, 2007. Shops across France will start their winter sales on Wednesday but a push by the tourist office and some retailers to extend opening hours, especially in Paris, to compete with foreign cities has angered labour unions who have called for strikes. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE)
SHOPPING-FRANCE/
RTR1L0SQ
January 09, 2007
A shopkeeper puts up discount signs announcing winter sales at his shop in Marseille, January 9, 2007....
Marseille, France
A shopkeeper puts up discount signs announcing winter sales at his shop in Marseille
A shopkeeper puts up discount signs announcing winter sales at his shop in Marseille, January 9, 2007. Shops across France will start their winter sales on Wednesday but a push by the tourist office and some retailers to extend opening hours, especially in Paris, to compete with foreign cities has angered labour unions who have called for strikes. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE)
CONSUMER-ELECTRONICS/
RTR1L0WJ
January 09, 2007
Attendees crowd onto escalators as they leave the keynote address by Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc....
Las Vegas, UNITED STATES
Attendees crowd onto escalators as they leave the keynote address by Michael Dell in Las Vegas
Attendees crowd onto escalators as they leave the keynote address by Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc. at the 2007 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 9, 2007. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
FRANCE/
RTR1XK99
February 25, 2008
A woman shops at a supermarket in Nice, southern France, February 25, 2008. France's National Consumer's...
Nice, France
A woman shops at a supermarket in Nice
A woman shops at a supermarket in Nice, southern France, February 25, 2008. France's National Consumer's Institute (INC) reported a raise of food prices between the end of November 2007 and early January 2008. The INC reports that the price of spaghetti increased from between 31 and 45 percent, yoghurts increased from between 17 and 40 percent and ham from 10 to 44 percent. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE)
BRITAIN
RTR1G70N
August 08, 2006
An actor dressed as Santa Claus arrives with a zebra outside Harrods in London August 8, 2006 to promote...
London, United Kingdom
An actor dressed as Santa Claus arrives with a zebra outside Harrods in London
An actor dressed as Santa Claus arrives with a zebra outside Harrods in London August 8, 2006 to promote the shop's Christmas department which opens today. REUTERS/Stephen Hird (BRITAIN)
PXP70D
RTRMHPY
April 27, 2003
Naked volunteers stand on escalators during New York artist Spencer Tunick's
'Be Consumed' installation...
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain
MODELS FOR SPENCER TUNICK 'BE CONSUMED' AT SELFRIDGES IN LONDON STAND ON
ESCALATORS.
Naked volunteers stand on escalators during New York artist Spencer Tunick's
'Be Consumed' installation at Selfridge's department store in London April
27, 2003. Around 600 volunteers pose naked for Tunick's Body Craze in the
store. Pictures of the month April 2003 REUTERS/John Pryke PP03040076
REUTERS

JDP
ASIA-ECONOMY/EXPAT
RTR1NG42
March 14, 2007
Shoppers use escalators at a shopping centre in Singapore March 14, 2007. Singapore has topped a list...
Singapore, Singapore
Shoppers use escalators at a shopping centre in Singapore
Shoppers use escalators at a shopping centre in Singapore March 14, 2007. Singapore has topped a list of the best cities in Asia for Asians to live, a location ranking survey conducted by ECA International showed on Wednesday. Undertaken annually, the survey compares living standards in 254 locations globally. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (SINGAPORE)
USA SHOPPING/
RTX4ZMQ
December 24, 2007
A girl pauses to view one of the window displays at Macy's department store in New York, December 24,...
New York, UNITED STATES
A girl pauses to view one of the window displays at Macy's department store in New York
A girl pauses to view one of the window displays at Macy's department store in New York, December 24, 2007. Shoppers packed stores in New York on Christmas eve. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
TRAVEL-POSTCARD/NEW YORK
RTX4HPA
December 07, 2007
People walk through a wonderland of trains, talking trees and busy elves inside Santaland at Macy's department...
New York, UNITED STATES
People walk through Santaland at Macy's department store in New York
People walk through a wonderland of trains, talking trees and busy elves inside Santaland at Macy's department store in New York December 5, 2007. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES)
RETAIL-BLACKFRIDAY/
RTX3ZEI
November 23, 2007
Holiday shoppers crowd Macy's department store in New York November 23, 2007. The 2007 holiday shopping...
New York, UNITED STATES
Holiday shoppers crowd Macy's department store in New York
Holiday shoppers crowd Macy's department store in New York November 23, 2007. The 2007 holiday shopping season kicked off on Friday with crowds of discount-mad shoppers, many braving the cold, snagging early bargains on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES)
USA/
RTX3QY7
November 20, 2007
Shoppers walk through Macy's department store in New York November 20, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED...
New York, UNITED STATES
Shoppers walk through Macy's department store in New York
Shoppers walk through Macy's department store in New York November 20, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
USA/
RTR1V7PQ
October 23, 2007
Shoppers make their way past Macy's at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, October 22, 2007. REUTERS/John...
Schaumburg, UNITED STATES
Shoppers make their way past Macy's in Schaumburg Illinois
Shoppers make their way past Macy's at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, October 22, 2007. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
RETAIL HOLIDAY BLACKFRIDAY
RTR1JO2O
November 24, 2006
Costel Iarca leaves a Best Buy store with his purchases in Chicago November 24, 2006. Americans shook...
Chicago, UNITED STATES
Costel Iarca leaves a Best Buy store with his purchases in Chicago
Costel Iarca leaves a Best Buy store with his purchases in Chicago November 24, 2006. Americans shook off their turkey-and-cranberry hangovers and hit the stores early on Friday, anxious to start holiday shopping and take advantage of deals offered by retailers including Gap, Macy's and Best Buy. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
RETAIL HOLIDAY BLACKFRIDAY
RTR1JO0H
November 24, 2006
Shoppers fight the holiday crowds at Macy's at Herald Square in New York November 24, 2006. Americans...
New York City, UNITED STATES
Shoppers fight the holiday crowds at Macy's at Herald Square in New York
Shoppers fight the holiday crowds at Macy's at Herald Square in New York November 24, 2006. Americans shook off their turkey-and-cranberry hangovers and hit the stores early on Friday, anxious to start holiday shopping and take advantage of deals offered by retailers including Gap, Macy's and Best Buy. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES)
RETAIL BLACKFRIDAY
RTRGSMT
November 26, 2004
A shopper stands and waits with numerous bags inside the Macy's department store in New York November...
New York, UNITED STATES
A shopper stands with bags in Macy's of New York City.
A shopper stands and waits with numerous bags inside the Macy's department store in New York November 26, 2004. Shoppers flooded into shops as doors opened at 5 a.m. on "Black Friday" and logged onto Web sites with retailers offering big markdowns, hoping to win customers on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Retailers were looking for a strong start to the season, with expectations rising in recent weeks as fuel prices eased and the jobs market improved. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton SS
RETAIL SALES
RTREVGJ
December 04, 2002
A woman with shopping bags waits inside a Macy's department store in New
York on December 4, 2002. Analysts...
New York, United States of America
SHOPPER WAITS WITH BAGS AT MACYS IN MANHATTAN.
A woman with shopping bags waits inside a Macy's department store in New
York on December 4, 2002. Analysts are widely predicting lackluster holiday
sales this year as a sluggish economy and the threat of war with Iraq crimp
consumer confidence and restrain spending. Federated Departments Stores
Inc., the owner of Macy's and Bloomingdale's, reported a 7.4 percent drop in
November sales at stores open at least one year, and it forecast sales for
the critical holiday period at the lower end of its expectations. Picture
taken December 4, 2002. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

PM/HB
RTR68P3
August 31, 1997
A general view of Harrod's department store in London August 31, owned by multi-millionaire Mohamed Al...
United Kingdom
GENERAL VIEW OF HARRODS DEPARTMENT STORE IN LONDON
A general view of Harrod's department store in London August 31, owned by multi-millionaire Mohamed Al Fayed, with the union jack flying at half mast. Al Fayed's son Dodi and Britain's Princess Diana were killed in a car crash in Paris early Sunday morning.

BRITAIN DIANA
BRITAIN
RTR1G71D
August 08, 2006
A Christmas ornament is put on sale in the Christmas department of Harrods in London August 8, 2006,...
London, United Kingdom
A Christmas ornament is put on sale in the Christmas department of Harrods in London
A Christmas ornament is put on sale in the Christmas department of Harrods in London August 8, 2006, on its opening day. REUTERS/Stephen Hird (BRITAIN)
BRITAIN
RTR17EC1
March 19, 2006
Sports-utility vehicles are parked in front of Harrods department store in London March 19, 2006. Newspapers...
London, United Kingdom
Sports-utility vehicles are parked in front of Harrods department store in London
Sports-utility vehicles are parked in front of Harrods department store in London March 19, 2006. Newspapers are reporting that the worst polluting cars are likely to taxed at a higher rate in the 2006 Budget which is due to unveiled by Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown on Wednesday. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
RTR467U
October 03, 2003
Krispy Kreme doughnuts go into production at the opening of the store at
Harrods in London, October,...
London
KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS GO INTO PRODUCTION AT NEW STORE AT HARRODS IN
LONDON.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts go into production at the opening of the store at
Harrods in London, October, 3, 2003. The U.S. chain opened its first
European outlet in London on Friday. REUTERS/ David Bebber

ASA/JV
ARGENTINA HARRODS
RTRG4MS
August 04, 1998
Buenos Aires residents walk past the famous Harrods store along Florida Street August 4. Luxury London...
Buenos Aires
ARGENTINES WALK PAST HARRODS STORE IN BUENOS AIRES.
Buenos Aires residents walk past the famous Harrods store along Florida Street August 4. Luxury London department store Harrods lost August 4 in a British court of appeal the final round of a legal battle to protect its famous name from being marketed in South America by the Harrods of Buenos Aires, limping along with only one of its seven floors open for shopping. Harrods of London set up the Argentine store in 1913 but sold its shares in the 1960's, allowing it at that time to retain the prestigious name.

RR/vm/ME
BRITAIN/
RTX5CE8
January 08, 2008
Shoppers pass a Marks and Spencer store in Oxford Street in central London, January 8, 2008. Britain's...
London, United Kingdom
Shoppers pass a Marks and Spencer store in Oxford Street in central London
Shoppers pass a Marks and Spencer store in Oxford Street in central London, January 8, 2008. Britain's high street bellwether Marks & Spencer's reports its Christmas trading figures on Wednesday. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)
CHINA
RTR1IW19
November 01, 2006
A woman stands between stacks of grapefruit at a fruit market in Shanghai November 1, 2006. China's economic...
Shanghai, China
Woman stands between stacks of grapefruit at fruit market in Shanghai
A woman stands between stacks of grapefruit at a fruit market in Shanghai November 1, 2006. China's economic growth is expected to slow to 10 percent in the forth quarter down from 11.3 percent in the second quarter and 10.4 percent in the third quarter, according to a joint study by the State Information Center (SIC) and the Shanghai Securities News. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA)
BRITAIN
RTRC90I
May 24, 2005
Shoppers leave a Marks & Spencer outlet in Oxford Street, London, May 24, 2005. Top clothing retailer...
London, UK
Shoppers leave a Marks & Spencer outlet in Oxford Street in London.
Shoppers leave a Marks & Spencer outlet in Oxford Street, London, May 24, 2005. Top clothing retailer Marks & Spencer Group posted a 19 percent fall in profit on Tuesday and said it had lost market share. REUTERS/Stephen Hird SH/RD
LONDON
RTR5E6N
March 29, 2001
Britain's top clothing retailer Marks & Spencer has reported a 31% rise in profits for 2001/02, May 21,...
London, UK
FILE PHOTO OF SHOPPERS AT A MARKS AND SPENCER STORE IN CENTRAL LONDON.
Britain's top clothing retailer Marks & Spencer has reported a 31% rise in profits for 2001/02, May 21, 2002. The surge in pre-tax profits, which at 646.7 million pounds ($944.8 million dollars) to March 30 came in above concensus forecasts of 630 million pounds, builds on a 10.6 percent like-for-like increase in sales posted in April for the fourth quarter. Chairman and Chief Executive Luc Vandevelde said " We have made good progress and believe we have turned the corner". A shopper is seen in this file picture taken March 29, 2001 at the Marble Arch branch of Marks and Spencer in London. CPROD REUTERS/Ian Waldie IW/CLH/
USA
RTR1BAGR
November 18, 2005
Shoppers look at the holiday windows of Bloomingdales department store in New York November 18, 2005....
New York, UNITED STATES
Shoppers look at the holiday windows of Bloomingdales department store in New York
Shoppers look at the holiday windows of Bloomingdales department store in New York November 18, 2005. Bloomingdales unveiled their traditional holiday windows, kicking off the start of their holiday season. The theme this year was "Imagine" which incorporated traditional fairy tales into holiday themes. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
RETAIL MAY FEDERATED
RTROQCD
February 28, 2005
Pedestrians walk past Bloomingdale's in New York City February 28, 2005. The owner of Bloomingdale's,...
New York, UNITED STATES
Pedestrians walk past Bloomingdale's in New York City.
Pedestrians walk past Bloomingdale's in New York City February 28, 2005. The owner of Bloomingdale's, Federated Department Stores, Inc., announced today that it would buy rival May Department Stores Co., creating the largest U.S. department store chain. REUTERS/Seth Wenig SW
CANADA EATONS
RTRQI6Y
July 14, 1999
T. Eaton Co. ltd, the 130-year-old beleaguered department-store chain, Canada's oldest and still one...
Vancouver, Canada
EATONS FLAG SHIP STORE IN VANCOUVER.
T. Eaton Co. ltd, the 130-year-old beleaguered department-store chain, Canada's oldest and still one of its biggest, put itself on the market in May and since then has been rumored to be in talks with a host of possible buyers, including Cincinnati-based Federated Department Stores, Inc, owner of Bloomingdale's and Macy's. The US based company is said to be interested in 12 of Eaton's prime urban locations.

MB/BM
SEARS KMART
RTR60IW
March 24, 2005
A Kmart store in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, is seen in this November 17, 2004 file photo. Kmart Holding...
Round Lake Beach, UNITED STATES
A Kmart store in Round Lake Beach Illinois.
A Kmart store in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, is seen in this November 17, 2004 file photo. Kmart Holding Corporation completed its $12 billion acquisition of Sears, Roebuck and Co., the companies said March 24, 2005, creating the third largest U.S. retailer. CPROD REUTERS/John Gress JG/HB
CHINA-TESCO/
RTR1LMPW
January 26, 2007
Customers select merchandise at a newly opened Tesco supermarket in Beijing January 26, 2007. Despite...
Beijing, China
Customers select merchandise at a newly opened Tesco supermarket in Beijing
Customers select merchandise at a newly opened Tesco supermarket in Beijing January 26, 2007. Despite several high profile emerging-market exits by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Ahold NV, and Carrefour, retailers will continue moving into developing nations such as India and China, a market research firm predicted, China Daily reported. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)
RETAIL HOLIDAY BLACKFRIDAY
RTR1JO3Y
November 24, 2006
A Wal-Mart store sign as seen in Niles, Illinois November 24, 2006. This year's "Black Friday" could...
Niles, UNITED STATES
Wal Mart store sign as seen in Niles, Illinois
A Wal-Mart store sign as seen in Niles, Illinois November 24, 2006. This year's "Black Friday" could be the strongest opening to the holiday shopping season in years, if the droves of Americans eager to exploit early-bird specials are any guide. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
RETAIL WAL-MART
RTR1HSI4
September 27, 2006
The vision center is seen at the new 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart during the grand opening in Chicago,...
Chicago, UNITED STATES
The vision center is seen at the new 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart during the grand opening in Chicago...
The vision center is seen at the new 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart during the grand opening in Chicago, September 27, 2006. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES)
RETAIL WAL-MART
RTR1HSBL
September 27, 2006
The new 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart is seen hours before the grand opening in Chicago, September 27,...
Chicago, UNITED STATES
The new 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart is seen hours before the grand opening in Chicago
The new 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart is seen hours before the grand opening in Chicago, September 27, 2006. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES)
BUSINESS TARGET
RTRAYA1
May 12, 2005
A woman leaves a Target department store in a Denver suburb May 12, 2005. Target Corp. reported a 26...
Denver, USA
Woman leaves Target department store in Colorado.
A woman leaves a Target department store in a Denver suburb May 12, 2005. Target Corp. reported a 26 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by higher prices and earnings from its credit card operations. The results were in contrast to No. 1 discounter Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which saw profit rise 13 percent and earnings per share come in weaker-than-expected, excluding one-time items. REUTERS/Rick Wilking RTW
RETAIL WALMART CALIFORNIA
RTREBXX
March 03, 2004
Employees move shopping carts as the first Wal Mart Supercenter to operate in the State of California,...
La Quinta, United States of America
WAL MART OPENS FIRST SUPERCENTER IN CALIFORNIA.
Employees move shopping carts as the first Wal Mart Supercenter to operate in the State of California, opened in La Quinta, California, March 3, 2004. The retail store is housed in 225,000 square feet of space, employs 600 people and features 100,000 different merchandise items including 20,000 grocery products. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith RG/HB
RETAIL WALMART CALIFORNIA
RTREBY4
March 03, 2004
A shopper looks through produce as the first Wal Mart Supercenter to operate in the State of California...
La Quinta, United States of America
FIRST WAL MART SUPERCENTER OPENED IN CALIFORNIA.
A shopper looks through produce as the first Wal Mart Supercenter to operate in the State of California opened in La Quinta, California, March 3, 2004. The retail store is housed in 225,000 square feet of space, employs 600 people and features 100,000 different merchandise items including 20,000 grocery products. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith RG/HB
CARREFOUR-DISTRIBUTIS/
RTR1SYUN
August 21, 2007
A Carrefour supermarket is pictured in Dietlikon outside Zurich, August 21, 2007. French retailer Carrefour...
DIETLIKON, Switzerland
A Carrefour supermarket is pictured in Dietlikon outside Zurich
A Carrefour supermarket is pictured in Dietlikon outside Zurich, August 21, 2007. French retailer Carrefour said on Tuesday it was withdrawing from the Swiss market with the sale of its 50 percent stake in Swiss hypermarket operator Distributis AG. Carrefour said it had agreed to sell its Distributis AG
stake to Swiss retailer Coop in a deal based on an equity value of 470 million Swiss francs ($390 million) for the whole of Distributis. REUTERS/Siggi Bucher (SWITZERLAND)
USA/
RTR1V7PA
October 22, 2007
Shoppers make their way past Sears at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, October 22, 2007. REUTERS/John...
Schaumburg, UNITED STATES
Shoppers make their way past Sears in Schaumburg Illinois
Shoppers make their way past Sears at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, October 22, 2007. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
AUSTRALIA
RTR63C9
July 08, 2004
A Woolworth's sign is seen on a central Sydney storefront after the retailer and a partner launched a...
Sydney, Australia
WOOLWORTHS SIGN ON SIDE OF BUILDING IN SYDNEY.
A Woolworth's sign is seen on a central Sydney storefront after the retailer and a partner launched a $A969.4 million ($697.4 million) take-over bid for Australian Leisure & Hospitality Limited July 8, 2004. The move by Woolworth's and privately-owned publican The Bruce Mathieson Group has been awaited after they bought 16 percent of pub operator ALH through a 50/50 joint venture. REUTERS/Will Burgess
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November 21, 2003
A shopper enters Woolworths supermarket in the Sydney suburb of Neutral Bay,
November 21, 2003. Australia's...
Sydney, Australia
A SHOPPER ENTERS A WOOLWORTHS SUPERMARKET IN SYDNEY.
A shopper enters Woolworths supermarket in the Sydney suburb of Neutral Bay,
November 21, 2003. Australia's biggest supermarket operator Woolworths Ltd
said on Friday its liquor division was on track to achieve total sales of
A$2.5 billion ($1.8 billion) in about a year. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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RETAIL SAINSBURY
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March 29, 2006
Trolleys are lined up at a Sainsbury's store in west London, March 29, 2006. The third largest supermarket...
London, United Kingdom
Trolleys are lined up outside a Sainsbury's store in west London
Trolleys are lined up at a Sainsbury's store in west London, March 29, 2006. The third largest supermarket in Britain today announced a rise in first quarter profits for 2006 up by 5.3 per cent. REUTERS/Toby Melville
BRITAIN
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January 13, 2003
A shopper leaves the Sainsbury's supermarket in Loughborough,
Leicestershire, January 13, 2003. Britain's...
Leicester, UK
A SHOPPER LEAVES SAINSBURY'S SUPERMARKET IN LOUGHBOROUGH.
A shopper leaves the Sainsbury's supermarket in Loughborough,
Leicestershire, January 13, 2003. Britain's second-biggest supermarket
chain, J Sainsbury, threatened on Monday to trump an agreed takeover of
rival chain Safeway using cash and shares worth about 3.2 billion pounds
($5.15 billion). Sainsbury was stung into action following an all-share bid
for Safeway from William Morrison Supermarkets last week. REUTERS/Darren
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