Target Corp. is offering for the first time free holiday shipping on all items, including even $6 lipsticks, as the discounter throws itself in the ring to compete better with the likes of Amazon.
Shares of some top big-box retail companies are up at 1 p.m.: Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $1.85 or 1.4 percent, to $130.27.
Shares of some top drugstore companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: CVSCaremark rose $.13 or .2 percent, to $81.61.
First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves.
More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay.
Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group remain in a months-long standoff, but the online retailer has reached a multiyear agreement with another major New York publisher, Simon & Schuster.
Shares of some top big-box retail companies were up at the close of trading: Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $3.77 or 3.0 percent, to $128.42.
Shares of some top department store retail companies were up at the close of trading: Kohl's Corp. rose $.98 or 1.7 percent, to $57.52.
Shares of some top drugstore companies were mixed at the close of trading: CVSCaremark rose $1.80 or 2.3 percent, to $81.76.