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Customers say that want stores to stop the "Christmas creep." Photo: M. Spencer Green / AP

Target said Monday that its customers want the retail giant to stop the "Christmas creep" — when stores introduce Christmas-themed merchandise long before the holiday's regular shopping season. As a result, Target said it will lay off the Christmas signing placed at the front entrances of their stores until late November, and focus on better recognizing Thanksgiving.

Flashback: The same thing happened this summer when stores began releasing a slew of fall-focused pumpkin-flavored products in July and August. The New York Times called it "Christmas creep, but orange."

This story has been updated to reflect Target is only removing the holiday signing from the front entrance of their stores until after Thanksgiving. Holiday merchandise will still be featured throughout stores beginning in early November.

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Federal Reserve expands lending program for small businesses

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at a news conference in 2019. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The Federal Reserve said on Friday it would again lower the minimum loan size for its pandemic-era small business program.

Details: Businesses and nonprofits will be able to borrow a minimum of $100,000 from the facility, down from $250,000 — a move that might attract smaller businesses that don't need as hefty of a loan. Since the program launched earlier this year, the minimum loan size has been reduced twice.

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Why it matters: The auto industry is on the cusp of historic technological changes and the next president — as well as the next Congress — could have an extraordinary influence on how the future of transportation plays out.