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  • Retailers Report Smaller Sales Declines in April Thursday, 7 May 2009 | 10:00 AM ET
    Shoppers look at home theater televisions at the Best Buy store Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 in Richfield, Minn. Best Buy Co. Inc., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, said its second-quarter earnings rose 22 percent on a 13 percent increase in revenue. The results beat Wall Street expectations, but Best Buy left its full-year guidance unchanged. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Consumers enticed by warmer weather and glimmers of hope for the economy bought a few more items in April, helping discounter Wal-Mart Stores and many mall clothing chains post better results for the month than expected.

  • Wal-Mart Stores Sales Rise, But Below Expectations Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 10:38 AM ET
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    Wal-Mart  stores says U.S. same-store sales rose 1.4 percent in March as consumers continued to hunt for bargains and bought necessities, such as groceries. But the results are below Wall Street expectations.

  • Is Less Severe Good Enough for Retailers? Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 2:57 PM ET
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    After months of dismal sales reports, retailers are likely to report a less severe drop-off in monthly same-store sales growth, and investors are seeing this as good news for stocks, but that take on the sector might be premature, warn several analysts.

  • Retail Surprises Next Week? Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | 5:59 PM ET

    Retailers are set to report March same-store sales on Thursday. Are there any surprises ahead?

  • Value Buys In Retail Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | 5:49 PM ET

    With big retail names reporting earnings next week – is there a blue light special out there for your portfolio?

  • The Trading Down Trade Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | 6:38 PM ET

    Economy got you down? Don’t feel bad, it’s got just about everybody down. Trading down that is.

  • Five Retail Stock Winners — Rockers, Kids & Babies Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | 10:20 AM ET

    It's the kind of retail market that separates the sheep from the goats, and JPMorgan's Brian Tunick thinks the sheep can give investors quite a feast.

  • Retailers Top Estimates, But Sales Remain Weak Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 11:36 AM ET
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    Many retailers saw weak sales as consumer spending largely dried up after the holiday season.

  • Reality Check Part Two Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 4:17 PM ET

    Call this one Reality Check Part Two: a weaker than expected ADP report, along with disappointing earnings guidance from Time Warner and Intel, a big restructuring from Alcoa, and an 11 percent pullback in oil which pulled commodities and commodity stocks down all weighed on the markets today.

  • Retail: Any Chance For Miracle On 34th St? Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 | 3:28 PM ET

    It's going to get uglier before it gets better. Here are the names with the most earnings risk.

  • Holiday Outlook Gloomier After Weak October Sales Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 11:16 AM ET
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    Retailers are reporting some of the weakest sales in more than a decade as consumer spending dried up in October amid the uncertainty brought on by the financial crisis and mounting layoffs.

  • For the week ending Friday, August 8, 2008, the U.S. markets ended the week on a positive note, cheered by a retreat in commodity prices, a Fed’s decision to keep rates steady at 2%, better-than-expected results in pending home sales, and a stronger dollar.

  • Retailers Post Strong Sales, Discounters Lead The Way Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    Red shopping Carts in a row.

    Retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores, are posting solid same-store sales growth in June, as expected, as seasonal weather and tax rebate checks helped get consumers to the store.

  • For the week ending Friday, June 6, 2008, the markets finished in the red as the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) again crossed above the 20 threshold and oil surged.  Stocks were impacted by continued economic concerns, renewed trouble in the financial sector, and a record spike in crude oil on Friday. Although it was a negative week for the markets, the Dow managed a 200+ point rally on Thursday for the first time since 4/18, after retailers posted better than expected same store sales.

  • Retail, Energy Lead Rally; Oil Near $128 Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 5:10 PM ET

    Stocks rallied, with the Dow ending just shy of  its session high, after an unexpected drop in jobless claims and solid sales reports from some retailers including Wal-Mart. A credit-rating downgrade on bond insurers spurred a quick dip but stocks quickly bounced back.  Oil closed near $128 a barrel.

  • Blue Chips Rally; Homebuilders Slide Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:46 PM ET

    Stocks rallied, with the Dow posting a triple-digit point gain, helped by an unexpected drop in jobless claims and solid sales reports from some retailers including Wal-Mart.

  • Retailers Get Big Sales Boost From Rebate Checks Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:31 PM ET
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    Consumers stepped up their shopping in May after the tax rebate checks hit bank accounts, giving many of the nation's retailers a boost and helping them to top analyst estimates.

  • Verizon, Wal-Mart Lead Blue-Chip Rally Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 1:32 PM ET

    Stocks rallied, with the Dow posting a triple-digit point gain, helped by an unexpected drop in jobless claims and solid sales reports from some retailers including Wal-Mart.

  • Stocks Rally as Wal-Mart Boosts Dow Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 11:47 AM ET

    Stocks rallied, with the Dow posting a triple-digit point gain, helped by an unexpected drop in jobless claims and solid sales reports from some retailers including Wal-Mart.

  • As expected, the ECB and the Bank of England left interest rates unchanged; the ECB at 4.0 percent. Futures dipped a bit at 8:50 am ET as Mr. Trichet began talking, giving his usual speech on the importance of combating inflation.