The bargain bin is back as shoppers seek out value and convenience. Discounter Target said sales at stores open at least a year rose 3.4% in the three months ended Aug. 3 while revenue and earnings also climbed. Its stock rose 20% Wednesday, the day its results were released. Target has been spending heavily to adjust to changes in shopping habits, and there were signs those improvements paid off. Digital sales were up 34% from a year earlier. Meanwhile, traditional department stores are still hurting; Nordstrom Inc. said that sales and profit slipped in the latest quarter.
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