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  • Stronger growth in U.S. chain store sales is proof of robust consumer spending in the U.S., says Jharonne Martis, director of research at Thomson Reuters.

  • Shares of the company, which operates Sears department stores and the Kmart discount chain, fell 7 percent in premarket trading. The retailer operated 1,980 Sears and Kmart stores in the United States as of February.

  • Sears posts bigger loss as sales slide Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 6:10 AM ET

    May 22- Sears Holdings Corp posted a bigger loss for the first quarter as the struggling retailer failed to arrest the fall in sales despite offering heavy discounts to woo shoppers. The company, which operates Sears department stores and the Kmart discount chain, said revenue fell 6.8 percent to $7.88 billion.

  • J.C. Penney quarterly sales rise 6.3 pct, shares surge Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    May 15- Department store operator J.C. Penney Co Inc reported a 6.3 percent rise in first-quarter sales, helped by strong sales of household goods and men's and women's apparel. J.C. Penney shares rose 15 percent to $9.67 in after-hours trading on Thursday.

  • *Sears Holdings says it may put Sears Canada up for sale. May 14- Sears Holdings Corp said on Wednesday that it was considering the sale of its 51 percent stake in Sears Canada Inc, a move that could mean all of the Canadian department store operator goes up for sale.

  • May 14- Department store operator Macy's Inc said business was picking up after severe winter weather resulted in weaker-than-expected sales in the first quarter, allowing the company to stick to its full-year profit forecast. Macy's, which also owns the high-end Bloomingdale's chain, reaffirmed its earnings forecast of $4.40- $4.50 per share for the year.

  • Macy's sales fall as severe winter keeps US shoppers away Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 8:11 AM ET

    May 14- Macy's Inc reported a 1.7 percent decline in quarterly sales as a severe winter across parts of the United States deterred shoppers from visiting its department stores. The company, which also owns the high-end Bloomingdale's chain, said revenue fell to $6.28 billion in the first quarter ended May 3 from $6.39 billion, a year earlier.

  • May 14- Sears Holdings Corp said it was looking to sell its 51 percent stake in Sears Canada Inc and could even put the whole Canadian department store operator up for sale. Shares of Sears Holdings, controlled by hedge fund billionaire Eddie Lampert, rose 8 percent to $46.48 in premarket trading.

  • JC Penney's plan: Out with the new, in with the old Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 2:03 PM ET

    After two years of declining sales, J.C. Penney is reducing some high-profile brands introduced by former CEO Ron Johnson and reviving old labels.

  • Cramer: Off life-support, now rehab for retailer Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 10:42 AM ET

    Department store chain J.C. Penney becomes "just another retailer" after third-quarter earnings, CNBC's Jim Cramer said.

  • Struggling JC Penney catches a break; Stock soars Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 4:54 PM ET

    JC Penny saw its stock price jump Friday after a Wall Street analyst upgraded his sales outlook for the long struggling department store.

  • JC Penney shares plunge 15% to near 13-year low Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 | 5:14 PM ET

    JC Penney shares tumbled to their lowest in nearly 13 years after a Goldman Sachs report projected slow sales and liquidity trouble.

  • A close look at the 'Ackman TV trade': Widlitz Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 11:49 AM ET
    Bill Ackman

    If you have followed the J.C. Penney's media soap opera, you know the "Bill Ackman TV trade" is a losing one, said retail analyst Stacey Widlitz.

  • Lessons to watch for in Wal-Mart, Macy's earnings Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 2:11 PM ET

    Investors will be scanning retail earnings reports, due out over the next few weeks, for the lessons they hold about the back-to-school shopping season, the second-busiest retail period.

  • Here Are Retail Stocks Worth Shopping For: Pro Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 1:17 PM ET
    Shoppers walk towards a Home Depot store in Silver Spring, Maryland.

    Despite signs the consumer may be starting to pull back, discount stores and home retailers remain attractive investment opportunities, says one analyst.

  • Should You Play JC Penney for a Bounce? Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 1:51 PM ET

    Is the worst finally over for beleaguered department store JC Penney?

  • Avoiding Holiday Package Theft Friday, 16 Nov 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    Online shopping offers a safe and comfortable respite from unruly crowds, but many people who have gifts shipped to them have the packages left at their doorsteps, and these parcels prove irresistible to thieves.

  • Cramer's Top 3 Retail Stocks Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 6:32 PM ET

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