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    Estimates for the back-to-school shopping season are starting to come in and some of the reports are pretty grim, as analysts fear recent weakness in consumer spending will only grow worse in the months ahead.

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    Days after Target announced a new partnership with high-end department store Neiman Marcus, the company hit fresh a 52-week high on Friday. Still, one analyst thinks it has more room to run.

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    According to a new poll, the average British woman spends with Sex and the City enthusiasm as she amasses an average of 271 pairs of shoes, 185 dresses and 145 bags.

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    While Best Buy cutting back on staff is nothing new — and certainly not a surprise — it may be the first of many announcements to come from retailers, especially as the holidays approach. Last year, Best Buy cut back on its plans to hire temporary staff for the holiday, adding only 15,000 workers versus 29,000 in 2010.

  • Stocks closed lower in thin trading Thursday after a round of interest rate cuts by major central banks and as investors remained cautious ahead of Friday’s key government jobs report.

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    Big retailers including Costco Wholesale, Macy’s, Target, and Kohl’s reported June sales that failed to meet estimates. Some retailers even changed their earnings forecasts as a result. As the back-to-school season and the holidays get closer, a rotten retail stock could start to stink. Here’s what analysts are looking out for.

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    Overall, retailers' June sales are concerning. Back-to-school is the second biggest "season" for retail after the Christmas holidays, and it's just around the corner. Many analysts think retailers will have to offer aggressive promotions to win consumer dollars. A number of retail analysts even took the step of downgrading retail stocks based on their concerns about a pullback in consumer spending.

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    Retailers reported largely disappointing sales in June, as consumers pulled back on spending amid concerns about jobs and the economy.

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    As online shopping has surged, traditional retailers have lost millions in sales to so-called showrooming — when shoppers check out products in stores that they then buy from websites. Now some big retailers are taking a new approach, The New York Times reports.

  • Futures turned negative again in choppy pre-market trading Thursday as grim comments from ECB President Mario Draghi weighed on sentiment and even trumped a pair of better-than-expected employment reports.

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    It’s getting more difficult for discount-addicted consumers to get their fix. Major retailers are scaling back promotions — for better or worse.

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  • Nordstrom bag

    In one way, the wait for a Nordstrom to enter the New York City market is over. In another, the anticipation and what it means for the company and other high-end department stores in the area has just begun.

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    Take a look at some of Wednesday's midday movers:

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    Separate recent announcements by retailer JCPenney and drug store chain Walgreen could give investors a big opportunity, but Cramer said it’s not what you might think.

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  • JC Penney

    Shares of J.C. Penney are down 33 percent in the last year and down 26 percent since Ron Johnson took over as CEO on Nov. 1, 2011. Will the retail giant make a comeback or will it continue to fall?

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    Trader Karen Finerman is always scouring the market for value. And she thinks Macy’s is way too cheap.