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Pat Hickey: Only the most optimistic think Habs have a chance this season

You don’t need a lot of fancy statistics to understand the Canadiens are a bad hockey team. If you’re optimistic, you can look at the standings and point out the Canadiens are only one winning streak away from a playoff position. They are only two points behind Boston in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division and only …

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Nike’s reboot of Cortez sneakers falters and shows its age

NEW YORK—In 1967, the company that would become the world-famous shoe brand Nike needed an identity for its new, state-of-the-art running shoe. Co-founders Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman settled on “Aztec,” according to Knight’s autobiography. But industry giant Adidas had a track spike called “Azteca Gold” and was allegedly threatening to sue. Chewing over their choices, the Oregon entrepreneurs fired the …

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Cutting into Amazon’s dominance, U.S. retailers see victory on Black Friday

Brick-and-mortar retailers did enough things right on Black Friday to consider the event a success, even if the crowds of past years haven’t returned. Chains simplified promotions this year and took a keener eye to managing their inventory. At Wal-Mart Stores Inc., colour-coded maps helped shoppers navigate the aisles. Retailers also made headway with their e-commerce sites, aiming to chip …

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