• From mail-order watches to a skyscraper: A look at Sears

    Sears got its start more than 130 years ago as a mail-order watch seller. It grew to become the world’s largest retailers. But today, it is struggling. It has been closing stores to fight falling sales and this week said it has “substantial doubt ” that it can stay in business.

  • Target revamps stores for those in a rush, those who ramble

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a move to bring shoppers back to its stores, Target is embarking on an ambitious redesign aimed at helping people who need to dash in for milk to get out quickly while encouraging those who want to wander the aisles to linger.

  • Microsoft’s 3Q earnings grow 31 pct; stock falls

    Microsoft Corp.’s latest quarterly earnings rose 31 percent even as sales of its Windows operating system sagged.