Retail and wholesale

Specialist David Haubner, left, and trader Thomas McCauley work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors welcomed some strong earnings reports from U.S. companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
February 05, 2019 - 2:24 pm
Stocks marched higher in late-afternoon trading Tuesday, placing the market on track to extend its four-day winning streak. Investors welcomed strong earnings reports from a range of U.S. companies, including several luxury retailers. Ralph Lauren and Estee Lauder surged after reporting earnings...
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FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo a buyer wanders between display walls of coats at the Outdoor Retailer & Snow Show in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, is forecasting that retail sales could grow between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent to more than $3.8 trillion this year as shoppers remain in a mood to spend in a strong economy. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 05, 2019 - 12:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, forecasts that retail sales should grow between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent to more than $3.8 trillion this year as shoppers remain in the mood to spend in a strong economy and job market. The forecast,...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, people pass a CD music and entertainment retailer HMV shop in London. HMV has been acquired out of administration by Canadian retailer Sunrise Records, it is announced Tuesday Feb. 5, 2019, safeguarding the future of nearly 1,500 staff, although it is understood that some unprofitable stores will close with immediate effect. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)
February 05, 2019 - 4:41 am
LONDON (AP) — Canadian retailer Sunrise Records is pulling stricken retailer HMV out of bankruptcy in a deal that will safeguard some 1,500 jobs. However administrator KPMG says 27 stores will close immediately, resulting in a loss of 455 jobs. The move comes amid extreme pressure on physical...
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FILE - This July 17, 2018, file photo, shows the corporate headquarters of Papa John's pizza located on their campus, in Louisville, Ky. Starboard is investing $200 million into Papa John’s and has named its CEO as chairman of the pizza chain. Starboard Value LP said Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, that CEO Jeffrey Smith will serve as chairman of Papa John’s.. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
February 04, 2019 - 1:03 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Struggling pizza company Papa John's has turned to activist investment firm Starboard Value to help it engineer a turnaround. Starboard CEO Jeff Smith will become chairman of Papa John's board. Also named to the board are Anthony Sanfilippo, the former chairman and CEO of...
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FILE- In this Dec. 28, 2018, file photo trader Jonathan Corpina, right works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 01, 2019 - 3:56 pm
Stocks capped a bumpy day of trading Friday with modest gains, extending the market's winning streak to its third straight day. Gains in technology companies, energy stocks and banks outweighed losses in retailers and elsewhere in the market. Major indexes were higher much of the morning as...
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Lollipops handmade in the EU are displayed at the international candy fair ISM in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Approx. 5 % of German production of sweets, with a value of around 800 million Euro, is exported to the important United Kingdom market. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner7
January 31, 2019 - 10:43 am
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — German gummy bears, chocolate and licorice are popular sweets in Britain, but aficionados there might have to start stockpiling if they don't want to go cold turkey when the country leaves the European Union. German candy retailers are worried that exporting sweets to the...
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January 31, 2019 - 4:11 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish low-cost fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit dropped about 10 percent to 3.5 billion kronor ($390 million) as consumers continued to shift to online shopping. The Stockholm-based group retailer said quarterly sales increased by 12...
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In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photograph, a sign indicating items that were 100-percent fair trade-sewn marks a rack of jackets and shells in the Patagonia exhibit at the Outdoor Retailer & Snow Show in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Major players in the outdoor industry jumped into the political fight over national monuments two years ago and now have added climate change and sustainable manufacturing to their portfolio. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 31, 2019 - 12:30 am
DENVER (AP) — Two years after jumping into a fight with the Trump administration over public lands, the U.S. outdoor industry is turning up the political pressure — though its impact is difficult to measure. Thousands of manufacturers and retailers gathered in Denver starting Wednesday for the...
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National security adviser John Bolton speaks as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
January 28, 2019 - 3:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on the state-owned oil company of Venezuela (all times local): 4 p.m. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he doesn't expect U.S. consumers to see higher prices at the gas pumps as a result of new sanctions on Venezuela. The Trump administration...
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FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo varistas work in the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery in New York. Starbucks Corp. reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 24, 2019 - 5:41 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Improved U.S. holiday sales helped Starbucks Corp. achieve better-than-expected results in its fiscal first quarter. After a disappointing holiday in 2017, Starbucks made some changes. This past year, holiday drinks went on sale earlier and the company removed some merchandise from...
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