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October 4, 2012

Target will roll out QR codes in stores in time for the holiday shopping season.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target will roll out QR codes in stores in time for the holiday shopping season. Beginning Oct. 14, each of the chain's top 20 toys will have a QR code that shoppers can scan with their mobile device, allowing them to purchase the toy directly and ship it for free to anyone, anywhere in the U.S. The toys will be promoted with signs featuring the QR codes.

October 4, 2012

Same-store sales at Target increased 2.1% during September, in line with expectations for a low single-digit increase, and the company said it would discontinue reporting monthly results in 2013.

MINNEAPOLIS — Same-store sales at Target increased 2.1% during September, in line with expectations for a low single-digit increase, and the company said it would discontinue reporting monthly results in 2013.

September 28, 2012

The new data by Marketdata Enterprises is significant as it puts a number against a very valuable and fast-growing segment of health care that will continue to grow regardless of who is elected president and what happens to healthcare reform.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — The new data by Marketdata Enterprises is significant as it puts a number against a very valuable and fast-growing segment of health care that will continue to grow regardless of who is elected president and what happens to healthcare reform.

September 21, 2012

Target customers who receive the retailer's mobile coupons now can access them on their iPhone or iPod Touch via Passbook.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target customers who receive the retailer's mobile coupons now can access them on their iPhone or iPod Touch via Passbook.

"We're thrilled to bring our guests the ability to use Target mobile coupons via Passbook on their iPhone and iPod Touch," said Phil McKoy, VP Target.com and mobile experience. "Passbook marks an exciting step forward as Target continues to seek the most innovative ways to deliver a great shopping experience to our guests."

September 20, 2012

As consumers anxiously await the debut of Apple's iPhone 5, two retailer applications — both of which were updated Wednesday — rank among the top 20 free "best-seller" apps as ranked by Apple.

SAN FRANCISCO — As consumers anxiously await the debut of Apple's iPhone 5, two retailer applications — both of which were updated Wednesday — rank among the top 20 free "best-seller" apps as ranked by Apple.

Target ranks No. 8 overall and Walgreens No. 10. as of early morning Thursday. 

September 19, 2012

Target is slated to open a new store in East Peoria, Ill., making it the first Target store in the city.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is slated to open a new store in East Peoria, Ill., making it the first Target store in the city.

The 135,000-sq.-ft. store, which will be part of the 86-acre East Peoria Downtown development, will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and prepackaged baked goods, as well as a Starbucks and a Target pharmacy. The East Peoria Target will open in March 2013.

September 18, 2012

Lately a number of mass merchandise retailers have been taking the little road and opening small-format stores in dense, urban areas. One of the most notable of these is CityTarget, which recently opened in Chicago.


CHICAGO — Lately a number of mass merchandise retailers have been taking the little road and opening small-format stores in dense, urban areas. One of the most notable of these is CityTarget, which recently opened in Chicago.


September 13, 2012

Target is bringing its REDcard Rewards program to Canada.

TORONTO — Target is bringing its REDcard Rewards program to Canada. The company announced that its Canadian customers will receive an additional 5% off every day when shopping at Target with its REDcard products, which include the Target Debit Card and Target RBC MasterCard. Similar to the REDcard Rewards loyalty program in the United States, the additional savings — which apply to almost everything at Target — will be applied instantly at time of purchase.

September 4, 2012

Target has donated $150,000 in cash and products to assist with Hurricane Isaac relief efforts.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has donated $150,000 in cash and products to assist with Hurricane Isaac relief efforts.

The company said that an additional $20,000 in product donations and $10,000 in Target gift cards will be given to other nonprofit organizations in affected areas for such essentials as water and food. All Target stores in impacted areas are open, and Target has allocated additional products, such as nonperishable food, batteries and flashlights, to those locations to ensure residents have access to the supplies they need.

August 30, 2012

A 4.2% increase in August same-store sales at Target was at the high end of the company's forecast range.

MINNEAPOLIS — A 4.2% increase in August same-store sales at Target was at the high end of the company's forecast range.

The solid showing during August was noteworthy because it came on top of a prior-year increase of 4.1% and was attributable primarily to an increase in average transaction size. According to Target, about three-fourths of the increase was due to growth in ticket with increase shopper traffic accounting for the remainder of the comp increase.

August 20, 2012

Target Clinic has inked a new strategic relationship with healthcare system Duke Medicine in an effort to provide greater access to care at four new Target Clinic locations in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., which opened on July 29.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Clinic has inked a new strategic relationship with healthcare system Duke Medicine in an effort to provide greater access to care at four new Target Clinic locations in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., which opened on July 29.

Physicians from Duke Primary Care will provide medical directorship services, such as availability for consultation with Target Clinic providers and regular chart reviews, at the four new clinics.

August 16, 2012

A new company formed by leading U.S. retailers is looking to offer consumers a mobile commerce experience that will combine the convenience of paying at the register with customizable offers.

DALLAS — A new company formed by leading U.S. retailers is looking to offer consumers a mobile commerce experience that will combine the convenience of paying at the register with customizable offers.

August 15, 2012

Target's second-quarter sales increased 3.5% to $16.5 billion and the company’s profits grew 2.9% to $1.06 per share, 5 cents higher than analysts expected.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target's second-quarter sales increased 3.5% to $16.5 billion and the company’s profits grew 2.9% to $1.06 per share, 5 cents higher than analysts expected.

August 14, 2012

Nobody likes getting a shot, but a new survey indicates that fear of needles also may prompt people to avoid getting flu vaccinations.

MINNEAPOLIS — Nobody likes getting a shot, but a new survey indicates that fear of needles also may prompt people to avoid getting flu vaccinations.

Target announced results of a new online survey conducted on its behalf by Harris Interactive showing that 60% of American adults would skip flu vaccinations, with 23% of those avoiding vaccinations because they don't like needles. The survey polled 2,160 adults between July 10 and July 12; no margin of error could be calculated as the survey was not based on a probability sample.

August 14, 2012

Target’s in-store health clinics recently started offering consultations for eyelash lengthening and the treatment of hyperpigmentation of the skin and unwanted facial hair, according to a local news report.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target’s in-store health clinics recently started offering consultations for eyelash lengthening and the treatment of hyperpigmentation of the skin and unwanted facial hair, according to a local news report.

August 8, 2012

The Retail Industry Leaders Association is urging President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney to consider the retail industry's role in the U.S. economy as the presidential candidates "advance their visions for the future."

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association is urging President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney to consider the retail industry's role in the U.S. economy as the presidential candidates "advance their visions for the future."

August 2, 2012

Target's net retail sales and comparable-store sales both realized gains of more than 3% during July, the retailer said.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target's net retail sales and comparable-store sales both realized gains of more than 3% during July, the retailer said.

Target net retail sales increased 3.2% to nearly $5 billion, while comps rose 3.1%. Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said the company "was pleased" with the comps rise, which was in line with the company's expectation going into the quarter.

July 27, 2012

Target is using the power of social media to help raise money for needy schools.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is using the power of social media to help raise money for needy schools.

The retailer has launched a campaign via its Facebook page that will enable fans to vote for schools they think deserve a share of Target's $5 million "Give With Target" initiative this fall. The two-part giving campaign provides $2.5 million in grants to in-need schools, as well as up to $2.5 million in Target GiftCards to local schools.

July 25, 2012

Target is opening an in-store cafe serving natural and healthy food in its new Chicago store, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Target is opening an in-store cafe serving natural and healthy food in its new Chicago store, according to published reports.

USA Today reported that the retailer's new CityTarget store will include Pret A Manger — French for "ready to eat" — a chain of cafes that serves sandwiches, soups, drinks and breakfast items with natural and organic ingredients.

July 23, 2012

Target announced it is remodeling 30 of its stores to offer an expanded selection of affordable and quality fresh foods to its customers.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced it is remodeling 30 of its stores to offer an expanded selection of affordable and quality fresh foods to its customers.

July 20, 2012

The first of Target's smaller-format CityTarget urban stores are slated to open on July 25 in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.

MINNEAPOLIS — The first of Target's smaller-format CityTarget urban stores are slated to open on July 25 in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Two years in the making, the smaller stores will feature broad offerings in a space two-thirds the size of a regular Target store – or 80,000 sq. ft. to 100,000 sq. ft., compared with 135,000 sq. ft. to 175,000 sq. ft.

July 17, 2012

Target once again is bringing Black Friday to the summer.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target once again is bringing Black Friday to the summer. This year, the retailer is expanding the sale to two full days: July 20 to 21. Target also will hold its first-ever Summer Cyber Week sale from July 22 to 28, featuring daily deals on Target.com for must-have products such as electronics, apparel, baby gear and more.

July 12, 2012

Target confirmed the list of the stores that it intends to open across Canada in 2013.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target confirmed the list of the stores that it intends to open across Canada in 2013.

As previously reported, Target purchased the leasehold interests of 189 sites currently operated by Zellers, and is slated to open 125 to 135 stores in Canada, the majority of which will open in 2013. Thursday's announcement confirms the first 125 stores that will open in 2013, and later this year, Target will confirm additional store locations that will open starting in early 2014 and beyond.

July 5, 2012

Target reported a 2.1% same-store sales increase for the month of June that was toward the low end of the company’s expectations.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target reported a 2.1% same-store sales increase for the month of June that was toward the low end of the company’s expectations.

Despite June sales that were softer than expected, Target left its second-quarter profit forecast intact as the weaker-than-expected result offset a better-than-expected performance the previous month.

June 28, 2012

Target is assisting Colorado wildfire relief efforts with a $30,000 donation, the retailer said.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is assisting Colorado wildfire relief efforts with a $30,000 donation, the retailer said.

Target said a $17,500 cash donation was distributed among several American Red Cross chapters in Colorado, in addition to $5,000 in product donations for essentials such as water and food. A separate donation of $7,500 in gift cards was given to other nonprofit organizations in the affected areas.

This year, Target has given $500,000 to the American Red Cross as part of the nonprofit’s annual disaster giving program.