NEW YORK (AP) - Target says it is discounting thousands of products throughout its stores, sending its stock down and dragging most of the retail sector with it.

Retailers in general have struggled to compete with Amazon.com and the countless shopping options available online.

However, Target did report last quarter that its online sales jumped 32 percent and its revenue beat Wall Street expectations.

The Minneapolis-based retailer is spending billions to remodel stores and strengthen its online business. It said Friday it will continue "to offer additional savings on the right products at the right times."

Shares in Target Corp. closed Friday down 2 percent. Shares in Sears fell more than 3 percent, while Wal-Mart, Dollar General and Costco all fell more than 1 percent after Target's announcement.

IN METRO ATLANTA

At Target stores in the metro Atlanta area, several home and furniture items were placed on clearance with a near 50 percent discount. On their website, several items are listed on clearance.