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Shoppers at a Target store in Chicago check the receipts of their purchases. Target's third-quarter net income climbed 15 percent, helped by a gain related to the pending sale of its credit-card business. Heading into the critical holiday shopping season, the Minneapolis company's outlook is well above analyst expectations. Target is optimistic about the period, which can make up 40 percent of a retailer's annual revenue. The cheap-chic chain cites its new price matching program and a holiday collection partnership with luxury department store Neiman Marcus. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong, File)