By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Sears Holding Corp., which owns the two ubiquitous retail names Sears and Kmart, announced this week that it would shutter 100 to 120 stores, citing poor holiday-season sales. The move came as little surprise to retail strategists who say the issue wasn't simply weak 2011 sales.
Americans are trying to control their impulses using technology that steps in to enforce good behavior.
Dan Nainan can't trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses an Internet-blocking program to shut down his Web access twice a day.
The czar roster expands: The White House has created a new position to investigate shortcomings in national security that ultimately led to the WikiLeaks debacle - still destined to be special section, front-page news at the New York Times through Wednesday.
The recession that crippled the past two years of holiday shopping has abated, and consumers are shopping a bit more, researchers say, while looking for the best deals amid worries that a full-scale economic recovery is not here.
Some retailers are even using their stores as centers for events beyond buying, Ms. Mack said.
"They have done cheap chic really well," Ms. Mack said. "In organizing this high-low collaboration with designers, it really infuses modernity into Target's brand."