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  • Woman shopping

    A late burst of back-to-school shopping helped many U.S. retail chains to top analysts' estimates in September.

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    Retail Sales: Are Consumers Down for the Count?

    Analysts are expecting retailers to post higher same-store sales in May, but with trends showing some signs of consumer spending weakening from the start of the year, investors are grappling with the bigger question regarding the state of the consumer.

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    Earnings Roundup: Nov. 19

    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Nov. 19.

  • Retail And Jobs Lift Mood

    October retail sales generally positive, not as robust as last month, but we don't have the back to school stimulus that we had last month.

  • Retails Reeling

    Stock futures are up modestly on better-than-expected jobless claims data and Alcoa’s smaller-than-expected loss.

  • Shoppers look at home theater televisions at the Best Buy store Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 in Richfield, Minn. Best Buy Co. Inc., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, said its second-quarter earnings rose 22 percent on a 13 percent increase in revenue. The results beat Wall Street expectations, but Best Buy left its full-year guidance unchanged. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
    Retailers Report Smaller Sales Declines in April

    Consumers enticed by warmer weather and glimmers of hope for the economy bought a few more items in April, helping discounter Wal-Mart Stores and many mall clothing chains post better results for the month than expected.

  • Retail Sales Offer Some Pockets Of Good News

    No additional stimulus from China? The Street was excited yesterday on talk that China would announce additional stimulus measures today, but the Chinese premier did not offer any additional stimulus details during the opening session of the National People's Congress.

  • BabyEarth

    From rings on QVC to toys on Amazon, retailers are increasingly using video to sell their products on the Web. But today's Web videos are going far beyond product demos: Can we interest you in a virtual salesperson or a zombie video?!

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    Retailers Disappoint as Tax Check Money Runs Out

    Early July sales results from retailers have been disappointing, with many falling short of analyst estimates. It also appears that the benefit from tax rebate checks is beginning to wane.

  • Red shopping Carts in a row.

    Retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores, are posting solid same-store sales growth in June, as expected, as seasonal weather and tax rebate checks helped get consumers to the store.

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    Retailers See Dismal Sales in March

    Retail analysts had been expecting weak sales in March, but an early Easter holiday, chilly weather and recession-wary consumers combined to deliver March sales that were even drearier than expected.

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    February Retail Sales: Not So Gray After All

    Wal-Mart and a number of other retailers have been able to trounce estimates, which had called for the worst February in five years.

  • Despite evidence that shoppers are cutting back this holiday season, retailers are expected to report strong improvement in November sales after a weak fall.

  • Retailers Expected to Post Stronger November Sales

    Despite evidence that shoppers are cutting back this holiday season, retailers are expected to report strong improvement in November sales after a weak fall.

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    Retailers Ring Up Weakest Growth in Three Years

    September same-store sales growth falls to its slowest pace in three years, forcing a number of retailers to cut their third-quarter earnings forecast.

  • Total back-to-school spending is expected to rise 6.9% this year from 2006, though consumer spending on apparel is not expected to rise significantly, as consumers splurged on apparel last year.

  • The Children's Place

    It's spring cleaning in the summertime for retailers right now and profit taking time for investors in retail stocks (it would seem.) From what I'm hearing, the disappointing sales we saw today from Children's Place may be setting the tone when it comes to retail sales results. Same store sales declined 4% in June coming in below expectations. CEO Ezrah Dabah cited continued declines in mall traffic--NOT the weather, NOT high gas prices, NOT inventory management issues--for causing sales to fall off at the start of the summer.

  • Retailers reported mixed sales for December, as unusually warm weather hurt sales of winter apparel but stores with high-end or big-ticket items lured shoppers at the end of the month.

  • Retailers reported mixed November same-store sales, with nearly half  falling short of forecasts.