Retail and wholesale sector performance

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo a person walks by a retail clothing store in Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa. On Friday, Feb. 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for January. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 14, 2020 - 8:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose a modest 0.3% in January, a slight improvement over December, as unseasonably warm weather boosted sales at hardware stores and furniture stores. The Commerce Department said Friday that the January advance followed a 0.2% rise in sales in December. The...
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January 30, 2020 - 4:35 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish low-cost fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB says its net sales have increased by 11% to 232.7 billion kronor ($24.2 billion) last year “in an ever-changing fashion industry.” The Stockholm-based group says its full year gross profit increased by 9% to 33.3...
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January 29, 2020 - 4:38 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Walmart isn't responsible for paying sales taxes for items sold through its online “marketplace” for third-party sellers under Louisiana law, the state's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Wednesday's 4-3 decision comes in a case involving the New Orleans suburb of Jefferson Parish...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, the U.S. and U.S. Department of Homeland Security flags fly in Karnes City, Texas. The Trump administration pledged Friday to step up efforts against the vast amounts of counterfeit clothing, medicine and other goods that have flooded into the U.S. with the rise in e-commerce. The move was announced Friday by Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
January 24, 2020 - 9:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — E-commerce has unleashed an increasing torrent of fake merchandise upon the world and private companies and the U.S. government must do more to address the problem, Trump administration officials said Friday as they released a plan aimed at cracking down on counterfeit goods. An “...
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In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo pick-up trucks are lined up for sale on the sales lot at Betley Chevrolet dealership in Derry, N.H. On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for December. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
January 16, 2020 - 8:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, evidence that Americans were willing to spend during the winter holidays after a sluggish November. The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales increased 0.3% in December from the previous month. Excluding sales at car...
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FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store in Newport, Ky. Comparable stores sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting a meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. Target said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, that it had weaker-than-expected sales of electronics, toys and some home good. Those sales climbed 1.4% in the November-December period, compared with a 5.7% increase a year earlier. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
January 15, 2020 - 11:57 am
Target reported a rare shortfall in holiday sales, raising concerns about the challenges ahead for the traditional retail industry even as the economy remains strong. Target's disappointing growth of 1.4% percent for November and December, dragged down by toys and electronics, fell well below the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo Nike clothes are displayed at a Kohl's store in Colma, Calif. Nike Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, Dec. 19. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 19, 2019 - 6:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nike’s quarterly results again beat Wall Street expectations, as its online sales grew and customers shrugged off a series of corporate scandals. The company's revenues grew to $10.33 billion in the second quarter ending Nov. 30, up 10% from the same period last year. Analysts had...
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A currency trader watches the computer monitors near the screens at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 17, 2019 - 7:52 am
TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets eased back on Tuesday after hopes over Brexit and a trade truce between the U.S. and China had led to a rally and new record highs on Wall Street. Germany's DAX slipped 0.7% to 13,315 in midday trading while France's CAC 40 lost nearly 0.2% to 5,972. Britain's FTSE 100...
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A currency trader stands near screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), center, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 16, 2019 - 9:38 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday following a rally on Wall Street that sent the major indexes to record highs, cheered by surprisingly strong economic reports out of China. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.3% in early trading to 24,028.41. South Korea's Kospi gained 0.6% to 2,181.99. Hong...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, file photo trader Robert Charmak works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street on Monday, Dec. 16, following gains overseas as China reported encouraging news on its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 16, 2019 - 12:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rallied Monday, rising with European and several Asian markets following surprisingly strong reports on China's economy. Growth in factory activity and retail sales in the world's second-largest economy both beat analysts’ expectations for last month. That layered on top...
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