Retail and wholesale sector performance

In this Sept. 23, 2019, photo shoppers examine refrigerators at a Home Depot store location, in Boston. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for September. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
October 16, 2019 - 7:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales dropped in September by the largest amount in seven months, possibly signaling that rising trade tensions and turbulent markets are having an impact on consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales fell 0.3% last month following a 0.6%...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo shoppers make their way through the toy isles at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, announced on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, that it is forecasting that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
October 03, 2019 - 11:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China. The holiday sales forecast, announced Thursday, marks an increase from the...
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October 03, 2019 - 3:02 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Low-cost fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB says its third-quarter profit jumped 25% to 5 billion kronor on strong summer sales as the Swedish group’s recovery is well underway after a strategy shift. The Stockholm-based group says its quarterly sales increased by...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, a long line of unsold Clubman sports-utility vehicles sit at a Mini dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. On Friday, Sept. 13, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for August. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 13, 2019 - 8:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose moderately in August, driven higher by a jump in auto buying and healthy online sales, evidence that consumers are still spending enough to support growth. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased 0.4% last month, down from a strong 0...
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August 28, 2019 - 10:51 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India has decided to liberalize foreign direct investment in domestic manufacturing, coal mining and digital media and will also allow single-brand retailers to start online sales to infuse capital into the country and boost its economy. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2019, file photo a shopping cart sits in the parking lot of a Target store in Marlborough, Mass. Target Corp. reports financial results Wednesday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)
August 21, 2019 - 2:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The divide between retail winners and losers is widening. That became even more evident Wednesday with the latest batch of earnings reports: Big-box stores and off-price retailers have been responding faster to shoppers' increasing shift online with expanded deliveries and better...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo shoppers visit the downtown Target Store in Minneapolis. Target Corp. reports financial results Wednesday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
August 21, 2019 - 6:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Target topped expectations in just about any way measureable during the second quarter as it pushes faster delivery and invests heavily in new private label brands. Comparable store sales, which include online sales, rose 3.4 % as customer traffic jumped 2.4%. The measure includes...
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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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