April Retail Comp Sales Jump Past Estimates


New York—After being foiled by winter storms and bad weather and a later Easter, retailers today reported a comparable store sales … [Read more...]

March Comps Softer Thanks to Easter Shift to April


New York—With the harshest of winter subsiding last month, it still look a flurry of discount promotions to lure shoppers into … [Read more...]

NRF Urges Senate to Reject Minimum Wage Proposal


Washington—Though millions of retail employees might be wishing this was all just a joke, the National Retail Federation (NRF) … [Read more...]

February Comp Sales Actually Fare Better Than Expected


New York—There’s no need to remind most of the Northern half of the United States what kind of impact February’s weather must have … [Read more...]

Holiday Pressure Puts Damper on Costco Q2 Results

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Issaquah, WA—Costco Wholesale Corp. today reported that its second quarter profit fell 15% clipped by narrower gross margins in … [Read more...]

Storms, Shopper Fatigue Chill January Comp Sales

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New York—January is normally the slowest month at retail, but this year the Arctic whammy from a polar vortex chilled sales more … [Read more...]

December Comp Sales Were Up—But at a Price?

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New York—Discounts may have helped comparable store sales rise 2.7% in December, but that stronger-than-expected increase often … [Read more...]

Costco Q1 Earnings Lower Than Expected

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Issaquah, WA—Costco today reported that a fiscal first quarter profit weaker than expected despite a 5% sales increase. The … [Read more...]

Holiday Pressure: November Comp Sales Disappointing

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New York— Black Friday creep—expanding sales and promotions beyond the traditional one the Friday after Thanksgiving—may have had … [Read more...]

Promotions Helped Lift October Comp Sales Above Estimates


New York—Political gridlock, a government shutdown and fears that the United States would default helped to deflate consumer … [Read more...]

September Comp Sales “Sluggish” as Consumer Confidence Wanes

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New York—A drop in consumer confidence, warmer temperatures, and lack of a fashion must have resulted in September comparable … [Read more...]

Costco Q4 Profit Misses on Slower Sales, Costs Rise


Issaquah, WA—In a rare miss, Costco Wholesale Corp., the largest warehouse club, reported Wednesday that its fourth quarter profit … [Read more...]