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  • Gap to end 'on-call' shifts for workers Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 7:15 PM ET

    Aug 26- Apparel retailer Gap Inc said it would end on-call shifts at all of its stores and improve scheduling policies to provide employees with at least 10-14 days' notice. The decision follows an inquiry by New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman's office into the legality of on-call shifts at 13 retailers, including Gap, Target Corp, JC Penney Co Inc,...

  • Teens are shopping more like their parents Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 10:27 AM ET

    GARDEN CITY, N.Y.— Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. But when The Associated Press followed the 15- year-old from Long Island on a recent back-to-school shopping trip with friends, she left a Nike store empty-handed— even though Nike is one of her favorites. "I buy on sale because it's stupid to buy a pair of shorts for $60," said Pugliese, who instead looks for the "...

  • No pain, no gain for stores chasing fickle shoppers Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 2:13 PM ET

    Wal-Mart's second-quarter earnings report, released Tuesday, showed its investments in its workers and its efforts to overhaul the store experience are dragging down profits more than it expected. The comforting news for Wal-Mart's shareholders: the efforts are perking up sales and traffic at its U.S. namesake stores. Wal-Mart isn't alone in facing some...

  • Sprint and Zulily are big market movers Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Sprint Corp., up 42 cents to $4.60. Target Corp., up 19 cents to $78.98.

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed after choppy week Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 7:28 AM ET

    *Energy stocks could come under pressure as oil prices fell towards six-year lows after data showed Japan's economy contracted and U.S. producers added drilling rigs for a fourth straight week despite a recent rout in prices. *The New York Federal Reserve releases its Empire State general business conditions index for August at 8:30 a.m. ET.

  • NEW YORK— The start of the school year is just around the corner, and you haven't shopped yet? Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which pushes everyday low prices, has launched extra discounts for the back-to-school shopping period. Earlier this month, it launched thousands of new price cuts, including on the 10 most-searched items online so an assortment of $12.88 backpacks...

  • JC Penney and Nordstrom are big market movers Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. J.C. Penney Co., up 45 cents to $8.52. Nordstrom Inc., up $3.21 to $78.13.

  • *Euro zone agrees to launch bailout for Greece. *J.C. Penney, Nordstrom rise after results. Aug 14- U.S. stocks ended a volatile week higher on Friday after upbeat U.S. economic data and as euro zone finance ministers agreed to launch a third bailout program for Greece.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Friday Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 4:26 PM ET

    U.S. stocks rose Friday as China's currency stabilized and crude oil prices steadied after falling to a six-year low. Nordstrom and J.C. Penney climbed after both retailers reported better-than-expected earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 69.15 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,477.40.

  • *J.C. Penney, Nordstrom rise after strong results. J.C. Penney and Nordstrom both rose after the department store chains posted better-than-expected quarterly results. J.C. Penney was up 5.1 percent at $8.48 while Nordstrom jumped 3.7 percent to $77.72 and was among the biggest percentage gainers in the S&P 500, while the S&P retail index was up 0.4 percent.

  • Steer clear of this battered retailer: Traders Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 1:30 PM ET
    People approaching Kohl's department store in Mount Kisco, New York.

    One troubled retail name could see more downside, traders warn.

  • *King Digital, El Pollo Loco slump as results disappoint. *J.C. Penney, Nordstrom rise after strong results. The positive data comes at the end of a choppy week during which China devalued its currency, hitting markets and derailing predictions of a rate hike.

  • Aug 14- J.C. Penney Co Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, helped by demand for home goods and high-end Sephora beauty products, indicating that the department store operator's turnaround efforts were starting to pay off. J.C. Penney has been increasing the number of stores run by popular beauty brand Sephora- owned by luxury giant LVMH- within...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1500 GMT/11:00 a.m. ET Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    Editor: Phil Berlowitz +1 646 223 6200. ATHENS- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces the widest rebellion yet from his leftist lawmakers as parliament approves a new bailout program, forcing him to consider a confidence vote that could pave the way for early elections. Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc says it is looking to raise about $642.5 million...

  • JC Penney beats expectations; shares pop Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 10:47 AM ET
    Customers browse clothing at a J.C. Penney store in Brooklyn, New York.

    J.C. Penney reported a 2.7 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher sales in its home goods, jewelry, and at the Sephora departments.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St higher after positive economic data Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    *King Digital, El Pollo Loco slump as results disappoint. *J.C. Penney, Nordstrom rise after strong results. Aug 14- Wall Street was slightly higher on Friday as a raft of positive data pointed to a bullish signal for third-quarter economic growth.

  • US stocks seen lower; Oil, Greece, yuan in focus Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 9:15 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Friday, as markets looked to inflation data and industrial production figures for July.

  • Aug 14- J.C. Penney Co Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, helped by demand for home goods and high-end Sephora beauty products, indicating that the department store operator's turnaround efforts were starting to pay off. The stores, opened following pressure from activist investor Bill Ackman during J.C. Penney's ill-fated attempt to go...

  • *King Digital, El Pollo Loco slumps after results. The Dow and the S&P 500 were on track to post slight gains for the week, but the Nasdaq was poised to close lower in a choppy week that saw China devalue its currency, hitting markets and derailing predictions of a rate hike. "If China calms down, we're going to have the potential for a rate hike in the U.S. on the table again,...

  • Aug 14- Department store operator J.C. Penney Co Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, helped by higher sales of home goods, fine jewelry and Sephora beauty products. J.C. Penney has been increasing the number of stores run by popular beauty brand Sephora, which is owned by luxury goods maker LVMH, within its stores to attract shoppers.