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Too Many Positives Make a Negative for Online Retailers

There is a term for those suspiciously enthusiastic online reviews and testimonials that read like they were written by the business owner or paid for. It’s called “astroturfing,” and according to Canada’s Competition Bureau, it’s the practice of creating commercial representations that masquerade as the authentic experiences and opinions of impartial consumers. While companies that engage in such practices believe …

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Online Fashion Merchant Boohoo Shares Soar 260 Per Cent in 2016

Many investors in retail stocks will be happy to see the back of 2016. But not those who bet on Boohoo.com. The online fashion merchant’s shares have soared about 260 per cent in 2016 as fashion-conscious youngsters snapped up garments such as bomber jackets and shoulder dresses for £15 apiece. The stock’s rise is the biggest of any western European …

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Chief of Japan’s Top ad Company Dentsu to Resign After Overworked Employee’s Suicide

TOKYO—The president of top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. will step down to take responsibility for the suicide of a worker who had clocked massive overtime. President Tadashi Ishii said at a Tokyo news conference he will tender his resignation at a board meeting in January although he will stay through March as a courtesy to shareholders. Earlier Wednesday, government …

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