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Wal-Mart Stores said Wednesday that it will open 1,000 financial services centers in its stores and roll out a prepaid Visa card nationwide, in a major expansion of services the retailer provides to its base of lower-income customers.
Best Buy Co., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, lowered its 2008 profit estimate, blaming a softening economy that's steering shoppers away from high-margin items like flat-screen TVs.
Tesco, Britain's largest grocery chain, saw its shares drop Tuesday despite posting a 10% gain in first-quarter sales, which were boosted by strong growth in international operations.
From Macy's to Wal-Mart to Sears, the retail management that I've spoken with over the past year have all emphasized how important the online segment of their business is becoming. Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren says consumers who shop online are 30% more productive than those who shop in just one channel. So, is the decline of online shopping as suggested by the New York Times greatly exaggerated?
Ron Kiddoo, chief investment officer for Cozad Asset Management, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that he expects the market to gain more than 10% this year.
It is almost summer but you wouldn't know it by the weather. Next week, the season officially kicks off and the week is expected to be the second coldest, and driest first week of summer in 15 years! Right now the one refrain apparel/retailer CEOs seem to universally repeat is the importance of clearing out inventory over the next few months as stores get ready to restock shelves with back to school items.
Today's the day! Wal-Mart starts selling the first FDA-approved, over-the-counter weightloss pill today. GlaxoSmithKline says Alli should be on drugstore and discount store shelves everywhere by tomorrow. Alli is the diet pill that can have embarrassing gastrointestinal side effects. Coincidentally, the launch occurs the day after an FDA Advisory Committee shut out Sanofi-Aventis' weightloss pill Zimulti.
State appellate courts in Missouri and New Mexico on Tuesday upheld decisions to grant class-action status to lawsuits alleging Wal-Mart Stores deprived hourly workers of wages, requiring them to work "off the clock" before or after shifts.
A strong brand may be the most valuable thing in retail these days. Maintaining the credibility of that name in a market saturated with brands is what separates the flash in the pan from the successful. From Liz Claiborne's 50% stake in Narciso Rodriquez to the slew of private equity firms snapping up designer names (Permira's stake in Valentino, HILCO's purchase of Halston), merchants are fighting for fresh star brands as they spend the cash on their books these days.
Interest-rate worries and a disappointing outlook from Texas Instruments are taking the punch out of stock prices today. But Lehman Brothers, the first of three brokers to report earnings this week, is a bright spot. The firm had a 27% jump in net profit and its stock is moving higher.
A federal judge has ruled that Visa USA, the largest U.S. credit card group, must stop charging a special fee when a big debit card client jumps to rival MasterCard.
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Stocks closed sharply lower as rising bond yields signaled a tougher global credit environment. "It was a pretty ugly day," said Tom Schrader, managing director of U.S. listed trading at Stifel Nicolaus. "The market needed a washout and we got one. It was caused by higher rates, which is not good for the carry trade, LBOs and M&A."
Americans shopped hesitantly during May, giving retailers modest relief from a dismal showing in April but still raising questions about how strong consumer spending will be in the months ahead.
With May same-store sales out today, one analyst said that youth apparel retailers performed well last month, though he expects the next two months will be better tests for consumer sales.Strong sales at Pacific Sunwear and Zumiez represent "their strength in the West Coast lifestyle," Piper Jaffray retail analyst Jeff Klinefelter said on "Squawk Box." He added that small cap vendor Phillip Van Heusen performed well also.
Merrill Lynch, Target, Palm, Tesoro and more...Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Bed Bath & Beyond warned that its first-quarter earnings would be below Wall Street's consensus estimate. This morning Goldman Sachs cut its rating on the retailer to neutral from buy and lowered its price target by $5 to $40.
Whole Foods Market, the world's largest organic and natural foods chain, opens its first store outside North America in London on Wednesday and plans hundreds more in Britain and across Europe.
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Stocks closed with modest gains as investors shrugged off sharp declines in China and higher energy prices amid continued mergers and acquisitions activity. "Right now we're in a glass-half-full type of mood," said Al Goldman, chief market strategist at A.G. Edwards. "The market just doesn't seem to go down."