Retail industry

FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, a man enters the JC Penney store at the Manhattan mall in New York. J.C. J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. reported a loss of $154 million in its fiscal first quarter. The Plano, Texas-based company said it had a loss of 48 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 46 cents per share. The results missed Wall Street expectations. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
May 21, 2019 - 8:33 am
NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney and Kohl's struggled during the start of the year, raising concern about the challenges for the department store industry ahead. Penney reported a wider than expected loss and sales declines during the first quarter while Kohl's cut its fiscal 2020 profit outlook as it...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018 file photo shows a Home Depot store in Passaic, N.J. Home Depot is reporting better than expected profit and revenue for the first quarter, though bad weather early in the year and an extra week in the fiscal year dampened the home improvement retailer’s comparable store sales. Those sales, watched closely by industry analysts, rose 2.5%, short of the 4.2% they were expecting, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)
May 21, 2019 - 7:53 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot is reporting better than expected profit and revenue for the first quarter despite a damp start to 2019. That inclement weather and an extra week in the previous fiscal year dampened the home improvement retailer's comparable store sales. Comparable store sales, a key...
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In this undated photograph obtained by The Associated Press, a UAV-X drone flown by Yemen's Houthi rebels is seen in Hodeida, Yemen. A Yemen rebel drone strike this week, likely by UAV-Xs, on a critical Saudi oil pipeline shows that the otherwise-peaceful sandy reaches of the Arabian Peninsula now are at risk of similar assault, including an under-construction nuclear power plant and Dubai International Airport, among the world's busiest. (AP Photo)
May 17, 2019 - 3:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A rare mix of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and China is tugging oil prices in opposite directions and creating uncertainty over where they might land. Deteriorating trade talks between the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, are posing a serious...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo trader Fred DeMarco works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, May 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 16, 2019 - 3:11 pm
Stocks marched higher on Wall Street for the third straight day Thursday, erasing the big plunge they took at the start of the week on worries about the worsening trade fight between China and the U.S. Technology stocks, health care companies and banks accounted for much of the market's broad gains...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2019, file photo a Walmart associate works at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, N.Y. Walmart Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, May 16. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 16, 2019 - 8:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart delivered a mixed bag in the first quarter, beating Wall Street expectations on profit, but revenue fell short. The nation's largest retailer posted another quarter of same-stores sales growth Thursday, while e-commerce sales soared. There are challenges ahead, however, as...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo traders Gregory Rowe and Benjamin Tuchman work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 15. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 15, 2019 - 1:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks shook off an early slump and marched higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, led by solid gains in Microsoft, Facebook and Google. The flip-flop marked the latest reversal for a stock market that has been whipsawed by worries over the worsening trade relationship between China...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo rows of unsold 2019 Escape sports-utility vehicles sit in long rows at a Ford dealership in Broomfield, Colo. On Wednesday, May 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for April. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales declined last month, as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies. Sales dropped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a big 1.7% jump in March. Car sales dropped 1.1% last month and sales at...
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FILE- This May 2, 2017, file photo shows corporate signage at Macy's flagship store in New York. Macy's Inc. reports financial results Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
May 15, 2019 - 8:19 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Macy's is putting up its sixth consecutive quarter of rising comparable store sales thanks in part to another doubling of online sales. The Cincinnati department store on Wednesday reported a first quarter profit of $136 million, or 44 cents per share. That far exceeds Wall Street...
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FILE- In this May 31, 2018, file photo customers enter the Apple store in New York. The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 14, 2019 - 7:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers can pursue a lawsuit complaining that iPhone apps cost too much, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, adding to Apple's woes that already include falling iPhone sales and a European investigation. The lawsuit could have major implications for the tech giant's handling of...
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FILE - This June 1, 2017, file photo, shows a Walmart sign at a store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery on its most popular items, raising the stakes in the retail shipping wars. The nation’s largest retailer says Tuesday, May 13, 2019, it's been building its own network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to enable the faster delivery. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
May 14, 2019 - 6:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars. The nation's largest retailer said Tuesday it's been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that happen. The next-day...
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