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June 30, 2014

Retail chain Hobby Lobby was triumphant In a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court on Monday in which the court ruled that the federal government cannot force privately held corporations to provide forms of contraceptive coverage that violate the religious beliefs of their owners.

New York -- Retail chain Hobby Lobby was triumphant In a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court on Monday in which the court ruled that the federal government cannot force privately held corporations to provide forms of contraceptive coverage that violate the religious beliefs of their owners. The ruling means that private companies can opt out of the Affordable Health Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate.

May 23, 2014

The Mall of Istanbul opened today in Istanbul, Turkey.

Baltimore — The Mall of Istanbul opened today in Istanbul, Turkey. The 34.5-acre mixed-use development features 2.1 million sq. ft. of retail space, 1.4 million sq. ft. of residential space and 322,600 sq. ft. of office space.

Baltimore-based DDG won the design contract for the mall in 2009 in an international competition.

May 1, 2014

Pine Tree Commercial Realty has named Erin Bremen VP of acquisitions and due diligence.

Northbrook, Ill.Pine Tree Commercial Realty has named Erin Bremen VP of acquisitions and due diligence. Bremen will oversee underwriting and due diligence for new acquisitions.

April 11, 2014

Uniqlo opens new stores in Berlin, and in three U.S. locations on Friday, April 11.

Tokyo – Uniqlo opens new stores in Berlin, and in three U.S. locations on Friday, April 11. The 2,700-sq.-ft., three-story Berlin store is located on the Tauentzienstrasse shopping boulevard and is Uniqlo’s first German store.

The Berlin store is also the largest Uniqlo store in Europe and features revolving mannequins wearing origami headdresses and LED ticker-tapes listing all the cities where Uniqlo has stores around the world.

March 4, 2014

L Brands Inc., parent of Victoria's Secret, is bullish when it comes to foreign expansion.

New York -- L Brands Inc., parent of  Victoria's Secret, is bullish when it comes to foreign expansion. The company opened 160 international stores in 2013, for a total of 863 locations. It hopes to add more than 140 this year, according to Columbus Business First.

Victoria's Secret expects to open 100 stores in 2014, including six additional locations in the United Kingdom, the report said.

February 20, 2014

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is publicly crediting the Obama administration for its response to “patent trolls,” or companies that purchase patents for the sole purpose of launching infringement suits against other companies.

Washington, D.C. – The National Retail Federation (NRF) is publicly crediting the Obama administration for its response to “patent trolls,” or companies that purchase patents for the sole purpose of launching infringement suits against other companies. The administration has implemented a series of executive actions designed to have the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office promote transparency, clarity and fairness in the patent process.

February 12, 2014

Microsoft Corp. announced three new global partnerships Wednesday with the Organization of American States, Europol and FIS to increase cooperation between international law enforcement and the private sector in combating cybercrime and helping build a safer Internet.

Redmond, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. announced three new global partnerships Wednesday with the Organization of American States, Europol and FIS to increase cooperation between international law enforcement and the private sector in combating cybercrime and helping build a safer Internet.

January 29, 2014

Testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that the Justice Department is investigating the consumer data breach at Target Corp.

New York -- Testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that the Justice Department is investigating the consumer data breach at Target Corp.

"While we generally do not discuss specific matters under investigation, I can confirm the Department is investigating the breach involving the U.S. retailer, Target," Holder said in his statement to senators,.”

December 6, 2013

Barnes & Noble Inc. said is cooperating with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its accounting.

New York -- Barnes & Noble Inc. said is cooperating with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its accounting.

The SEC notified the bookseller Oct. 16 that it was investigating the company's restatement of earnings announced in July.
 
The agency’s New York regional office also said it was looking into a former non-executive employee's allegation that the company improperly allocated certain expenses between its Nook e-reader and retail businesses.

October 4, 2013

Twitter has officially filed for an IPO with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

San Francisco – Twitter has officially filed for an IPO with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The social network reported a net loss of $79.4 million, down 38% from the previous year, on revenue of $316.9 million in 2012, a 198% increase from 2011.

In addition, Twitter said in the filing it has 215 million members who send 500 million tweets per day.

August 26, 2013

Improvements in housing and labor probably helped boost U.S. consumer spending last month.

New York -- Improvements in housing and labor probably helped boost U.S. consumer spending last month. A Bloomberg survey of 59 economists in advance of the official Commerce Department July spending figures on Aug. 30 indicates purchases of goods and services increased 0.3% last month after a 0.5% increase in June.

August 2, 2013

CVS Caremark Corporation has reached an agreement in principle to pay a fine of $20 million to resolve an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into certain public disclosures, securities transactions and aspects of the purchase accounting adjustment related to the October 2008 Longs Drug Stores acquisition the company made during the third and fourth quarters of 2009.

Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS Caremark Corporation has reached an agreement in principle to pay a fine of  $20 million to resolve an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into certain public disclosures, securities transactions and aspects of the purchase accounting adjustment related to the October 2008 Longs Drug Stores acquisition the company made during the third and fourth quarters of 2009.

June 11, 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Dollar General Corp. over its use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees, according to the Associated Press and other media reports.