Target beats expectations, boosts forecast

The Minneapolis-based discount retailer reported a 1.2 percent increase for the first three months of 2012. Target is raising its full-year profit guidance.
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The Minneapolis-based discount retailer reported a 1.2 percent increase for the first three months of 2012. Target is raising its full-year profit guidance.

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