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Target executives net millions as stock soars

Shares for the Minneapolis-based discount retailer have surged 130 percent since late 2009 -- up 20 percent since the beginning of 2012. The Star Tribune writes Target's P-Fresh grocery format, Red Card program and exclusive merchandising partnerships have led to higher traffic and bigger purchases per visit. Four top executives, including CEO Gregg Steinhafel, have reaped millions of dollars by selling some shares.
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Shares for the Minneapolis-based discount retailer have surged 130 percent since late 2009 -- up 20 percent since the beginning of 2012. The Star Tribune writes Target's P-Fresh grocery format, Red Card program and exclusive merchandising partnerships have led to higher traffic and bigger purchases per visit. Four top executives, including CEO Gregg Steinhafel, have reaped millions of dollars by selling some shares.

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