IPO bankers earn a merry Christmas with a bumper year

Bankers responsible for floating companies and selling new shares into the market will enjoy a well-earned rest this Christmas after their busiest year since 2007, having notched up business worth almost $865 billion in the last 12 months.

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Last U.S. holiday shopping weekend off to solid start

Shoppers filled up malls and department stores on the last weekend before Christmas, as the weather cooperated to help raise the prospect of a solid finish to a holiday season that has so far produced mixed results.

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You may already be too late for hottest holiday toys

If you still have Disney's Frozen Castle and Ice Palace Playset on your holiday gift list this year, you may already be out of luck. With Christmas approaching, the $119 toy - made by Mattel Inc - is sold out. Of course, you can find it at resellers for about $225 and even as high as $700 on eBay.

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Amazon rolls out Kiva robots for holiday season onslaught Inc has installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 U.S. warehouses, a move that promises to cut operating costs by one-fifth and get packages out the door more quickly in the run-up to Christmas.

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U.S. data points to strong spending ahead of holiday shopping frenzy

Most U.S. retailers reported strong sales in October, a sign American consumers were spending with more gusto and could help keep the economy growing at a brisk pace.

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UPS, FedEx seek ways to manage massive peak season package bulge

Determined not to repeat a holiday season that left millions of packages delivered too late and customers seething, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) and FedEx Corp (FDX.N) are investing heavily in new infrastructure - but the continued dynamic growth of e-commerce will test those efforts.

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Paradice Investment Management acquires stake in Australian electronics seller Dick Smith

Australia-based boutique funds management company Paradice Investment Management has acquired a 5.14% stake in electronics retailer Dick Smith, according to a document filed with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

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What to watch in the Week ahead

It's the final countdown for retailers who have done their best to whet U.S. consumers' appetites for Christmas shopping deals, and the stores may show whether they have made the best of a truncated shopping season

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Amazon set to dominate online this holiday

Online shopping website Amazon is set to dominate this holiday season, rising above other ecommerce rivals and traditional retailers and hitting a 54% increase in its stock this year.

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Sony sells 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 24 hours

According to tech giant Sony, the company sold over 1 million PlayStation 4 game consoles, its first game system in seven years, just 24 hours it went on sale last Friday.

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Walmart’s holiday deals released early in anticipation of customer demands

Walmart decided to offer its holiday deals early in anticipation for holiday shopping season.

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