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Wal-Mart and Nordstrom report tomorrow. A crummy outlook may be priced into Wal-Mart.
Customer satisfaction with online shopping slipped 4.9 percent to a benchmark of 78, the lowest score since 2001.
So far, the stock market has looked past the weather impacts on manufacturing, housing, consumer spending and even hiring.
All eyes are on retail for signs on the consumer but there are a few reasons to be wary of fourth-quarter earnings, says the CEO of CardHub.com.
Few realize how much work is involved for the retail industry, which attends the shows searching for looks that will get shoppers spending.
Stay away from the retailers that blame their woes on winter weather, former Toys R Us CEO Gerald Storch says.
Retailers need to do a lot more to defend themselves against future cyberattacks, according to security experts and IT service providers.
A number of retailers have said that traffic levels continue to struggle, and experts say the heavy promotional environment has also persisted.
Get ready for the next era in retail—one that will be characterized by far fewer shops and smaller store footprints.
Consumer discretionary stocks helped lead the way for the stock market last year, and now, they may be poised to lead to the downside as well.
Investors have punished retailers so far this year, but Restoration Hardware's 15 percent stock drop may not be justified. Here's why.
The failure in the U.S. to adopt tighter credit card payment standards makes purchases more vulnerable to hackers, said the CEO of a leading smart card maker.
Some undercover work at Starbucks stores shows there may be problems brewing at Wall Street's coffee darling, says retail analyst Brian Sozzi.
Behind the Target security hack is a dysfunctional U.S. credit card norm created by opposing retail and banking interests.
Top bosses at retail and automotive companies are noticing the same thing about the U.S. economy, and it has them optimistic.
Earnings season heats up this week, and the results actually could mean something this time.
Macy's boss Terry Lundgren tells CNBC there's no evidence that his retailer has been subject to the kind of cyberattacks experienced at Target and Neiman Marcus.
It's been a year of rising stock prices and economic recovery. So why are executives still making cuts and dissing this economy? Retail analyst Brian Sozzi explains.
Target and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks have been breached, sources familiar with attacks on other merchants say.