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  • *Food boss Steve Rowe says would like to be CEO one day. LONDON, Aug 14- British retailer Marks& Spencer is close to having both its food and general merchandise divisions "firing on all cylinders" and expects a better Christmas after poor clothing sales hit last holiday season, according to its food business head.

  • Macy's Inc quarterly earnings missed analysts' estimates and the department store operator slashed its full-year same-store sales forecast, driving the stock down 5.5 percent to $56.47. Other major retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, are expected to report results on Thursday. Wal-Mart shares slipped 0.3 percent to $74.03.

  • Aug 5- Discount retailer Dollar General Corp is considering a rival bid to Dollar Tree Inc' s $8.5 billion offer for Family Dollar Stores Inc, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Dollar General shares were up 3 percent at $57.62 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

  • Aug 4- Michael Kors Holdings Ltd, known for its trendy handbags and watches, said it expects margins to shrink for the year as it invests more to open stores in Europe and increases the number of shops it has in department stores. Michael Kors' shares fell more than 7 percent in early trading.

  • Icahn cuts stake in Family Dollar Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    July 29- Activist investor Carl Icahn cut his stake in Family Dollar Stores Inc, a day after the company agreed to be bought by rival discount chain Dollar Tree Inc for $8.5 billion. Icahn said he was "determined" to dispose part of his stake rather than wait for the deal to close or for higher offers to emerge.

  • *Company to beat Dollar General as top N. America discount chain. July 28- Dollar Tree Inc agreed to buy rival discount chain Family Dollar Stores Inc for $8.5 billion to fend off growing competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc and fellow discounter Dollar General Corp..

  • *Dollar Tree offers to buy Family Dollar; deal valued at $9.2 bln. Dollar Tree Inc offered to buy rival discount chain Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion. Zillow Inc agreed to buy Trulia Inc for $3.5 billion in stock in a deal that would combine the two most popular U.S. real estate website operators Trulia's shares jumped 15.4 percent to $65.04.

  • *Dollar Tree offers to buy Family Dollar; deal valued at $9.2 bln. Dollar Tree Inc offered to buy rival discount chain Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion. The transaction, including debt, values Family Dollar at about $9.2 billion.

  • July 28- Discount store chain Dollar Tree Inc offered to buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion, in a deal the companies said would create North America's leading discount retailer. Dollar Tree's offer of $74.50 per share in cash and stock represents a premium of about 23 percent over Family Dollar's close of $60.66 on Friday.

  • SYDNEY, July 17- An Australian court on Thursday approved the takeover of Australia's David Jones Ltd by South Africa's Woolworths Holdings Ltd, clearing a final hurdle for the $2 billion deal. Shareholders of both companies have already voted in favour of the A $4.00 per share bid for Australia' No.2 department store by sales.

  • July 10- Discount retailer Family Dollar Stores Inc, under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn to sell itself, said its profit fell by a third as the company cleared inventory ahead of planned store closures and competition intensified.

  • UPDATE 1-Family Dollar profit falls by a third Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    July 10- Discount retailer Family Dollar Stores Inc, under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn to sell itself, said its profit fell by a third as the company cleared inventory ahead of store closures and competition intensified.

  • Family Dollar profit falls by a third Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:22 AM ET
    Family Dollar store

    Family Dollar's earnings fell by a third as the company resorted to discounts to clear inventory and competition intensified.

  • Family Dollar profit falls by a third Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    July 10- Discount retailer Family Dollar Stores Inc's quarterly profit fell by a third as the company resorted to discounts to clear inventory and competition intensified.

  • June 27- Dollar General Corp said CEO Rick Dreiling will retire next year, throwing into doubt a proposal by Carl Icahn to merge the discount retailer with Family Dollar Stores Inc.. Dollar General's shares fell as much as 8 percent and Family Dollar's as much as 4 percent in morning trading on Friday.

  • Costco results miss estimates as costs rise Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 5:24 AM ET
    A Costco store in Alhambra, Calif.

    Costco reported third-quarter results below analysts' estimates hurt by an increase in merchandise costs and other expenses.

  • Watch out Amazon! Wal-Mart is coming: Retail pro Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    Wal-Mart is fast becoming a "fierce threat" to Amazon's dominance of online shopping, a leading retail analyst tells CNBC.

  • Amazon stores? 3 reasons strip malls won't die Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 11:05 AM ET
    Commercial real estate for sale.

    Strip malls will survive the competition from online retailers, and may even one day include Amazon stores, predicted David Henry, chief executive of Kimco Realty.

  • Not pretty: Tiffany swings to a loss on legal woes Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 10:31 AM ET
    Customers carry Tiffany & Co. shopping bags outside the company's flagship store in New York, March 18, 2014.

    Tiffany reported a loss in the fourth quarter, due primarily to losing an arbitration ruling involving The Swatch Group.

  • Deep discounting eats into Costco's holiday profit Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 9:55 AM ET
    A Costco store in Alhambra, Calif.

    Costco Wholesale's profit fell 15 percent, missing estimates, hurt by weaker gross margins in its fresh-food business and some non-foods merchandises.