Retail and wholesale sector performance

FILE - In this July 4, 2019, photo, Chinese magazines with front covers featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump on trade war are placed for sale at a roadside bookstand in Hong Kong. China on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 threatened retaliation if Washington steps up their war over trade and technology by going ahead with planned Sept. 1 tariff hikes on additional Chinese imports. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
August 15, 2019 - 11:07 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government announced tax cuts and higher social spending Thursday to reverse a deepening economic slump aggravated by anti-government protests and the U.S.-Chinese tariff war. The territory's financial secretary, Paul Chan, cut this year's official growth forecast to 0...
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File - In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019, file photo, an employee in protective clothing works with a steel pouring ladle during a guided media tour at the steel producer Salzgitter AG in Salzgitter. The German economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter from the previous quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry weighed on Europe's largest economy. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
August 15, 2019 - 7:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall. Those trends have hammered American...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2019, file photo unsold 2019 Lincoln Navigators sit at a dealership in Englewood, Colo. On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for July. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
August 15, 2019 - 9:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over weakening economic growth and a persistent trade war that have roiled financial markets have yet to dampen consumer confidence. Retail sales rose a healthy 0.7% last month after a 0.3% gain in...
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FILE - This Aug. 6, 2019, file photo shows Dominion Energy's Scott Solar farm in Powhatan, Va. On Friday, Aug. 9, the Labor Department reports on U.S. producer price inflation in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
August 09, 2019 - 7:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices ticked up just 0.2% in July, the latest sign that inflationary pressures are largely in check. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index — which measures price changes before they reach the consumer — increased 1.7% last month compared...
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In this July 10, 2019, photo, mountain bikes are displayed at Cycles Etc bicycle shop in Salem, N.H. On Tuesday, July 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for June. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
July 16, 2019 - 7:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, providing crucial support to the economy at a time when other drivers of growth have faded. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that retail sales rose 0.4% last month, the fourth straight increase. Sales at online retailers,...
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FILE- In this May 19, 2019, file photo, a line of unsold 2019 CX-5 sports-utility vehicles sits at a Mazda dealership in Littleton, Colo. On Friday, June 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for May. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 14, 2019 - 7:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their retail spending last month, a sign that low unemployment and modest wage gains are encouraging consumers to shop. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.5% in May, after a smaller gain of 0.3% in the previous month. April's figure...
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FILE- In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, file photo Walmart associate Luis Gutierrez, center, checks out a customer at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. The trade dispute between the U.S. and China is weighing on the retail sector, with shares of many in the industry falling in premarket trading, Thursday, May 30, 2019. Retail shares have seesawed of late, with companies expressing concern over tariffs squeezing their businesses. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
May 30, 2019 - 10:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Pressure from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China continues to weigh on the retail sector. Retailers have seen their shares seesaw this week as they express concern over tariffs squeezing their businesses. The latest is PVH Corp., owner of the Calvin Klein and Tommy...
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FILE- This May 3, 2017, file photo shows the Target logo on a store in Upper Saint Clair, Pa. An aggressive campaign at Target to let customers do more online is paying off. The retailer on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, exceeded first quarter expectations on just about every level, saying the same day services it's rolled out in recent years drove more than 25 percent of comparable sales growth. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 22, 2019 - 9:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — An aggressive campaign at Target to let customers do more online is paying off. The retailer exceeded first quarter expectations on just about every level, saying the same day services it's rolled out, including picking up online orders at the store, drove more than 25% of...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo traders Gregory Rowe and Benjamin Tuchman work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, May 24. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 15, 2019 - 12:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks shook off an early slump and marched higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, led by solid gains in Microsoft, Facebook and Google. The flip-flop marked the latest reversal for a stock market that has been whipsawed by worries over the worsening trade relationship between China...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo rows of unsold 2019 Escape sports-utility vehicles sit in long rows at a Ford dealership in Broomfield, Colo. On Wednesday, May 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for April. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 15, 2019 - 8:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales declined last month, as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies. Sales dropped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a big 1.7% jump in March. Car sales dropped 1.1% last month and sales at...
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