Holiday retail sales are expected to rise 2.8 percent to $465.6 billion, the National Retail Federation predicts. This growth, while far slower than last year’s 5.2 percent gain, is slightly higher than the 10-year average holiday sales gain of 2.6%, the group said.
Retailers are trying to coax consumers out of hiding with a new gimmick this season.
U.S. retailers may see more moderate sales gains this holiday season as persistently high unemployment and steeper gasoline and grocery prices prompt shoppers to think twice about spending, according to early forecasts.
Charles Grom, Deutsche Bank retail equity analyst with a look at where he finds value in the retail space and how to play it.
Retail landed back on the "Fast Money" team's radar after Deutsche Bank suggested 6 pair trades. Find out how they would play it.
Toys 'R Us is ratcheting up the number of exclusive products it will sell this holiday season. The expanded effort, which may have been foretold by the company's hiring of Neil Friedman, a long-time Mattel executive earlier this year, will be supported by direct-mail efforts (which will begin this weekend), social marketing, and television advertising.
Americans are finding it tough to land a job. Or are they finding it tough to land a job they want?
It seems both the bulls and bears are owning the lousy jobs report as the key catalyst that sends the market whooshing lower -- errr surging higher. How can that be?
Stocks staged a late-day rally in light, choppy trading Tuesday, following the latest Fed meeting minutes, which showed officials debated a third round of asset purchases to stimulate the economy and after investors shrugged off a disappointing consumer confidence report.
A good day for a gold series! Gold rose again this morning, partly on our CNBC interview with Charles Evans, president of the Chicago Federal Reserve.
As we head into the thick of retail earnings season the threat of higher input costs is still weighing on investors’ minds. Most retailers were forced to start passing through select price increases in Q2, and we will hear just how that went over with the consumer as earnings hit the tape. While it is early in the game indications are so far so good.
Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.
It's another morning of rumor and innuendo, with unconfirmed reports of one large Asian bank reduced its credit lines with all French banks, and another that European regulators are considering a ban on short selling.
Futures erased all their earlier losses in a choppy pre-market session Thursday amid volatility in the European market and after an unexpected decline in weekly jobless claims.
The forecast on Wall Street is for more dizzying volatility Thursday. For the time being, equities are likely to stay vulnerable to high speed moves and wide swings as investors ran to the safety of bonds, driving rates toward historic low levels.
Cramer reached into the mailbag to answer your letters.
What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 1,500 displaying unusual volume in Thursday's trading session.
U.S. futures, sideways overnight, wilted at 3 a.m. ET...about the time Europe opened. Coincidence? I don't think so.
Citi raised earnings estimates for a numer of retailers, as July's warm weather heats up sales, according to its same-store sales preview.
The US has just entered a 500-day retail recession, a noted retail analyst believes, and before it’s over, the US will see weaker retail sales, more store closures and more retailers joining Borders in bankruptcy.