Investors are betting that Target Corp. can regain the buzz that oncemade it one of the most successful retailers in the industry,according to a recent Barron's article. The chain's salesstarted suffering in 2008, as consumers decided that Walmart was abetter price option during the recession.

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Observers are especially excited about two initiatives: the rollout of more fresh groceries in its stores and 5% discount programthat will debut in the fall. Same-store sales are improvingslightly, with a 2% gain in July.

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Will these initiatives and others be enough for Target to getback in the spotlight? Or are its sales woes over the last coupleof years an inevitable part of a rough economy that will simplymake retailers suffer across the board?

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