Retail and wholesale

FILE- In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo sales associate Bob Henriques, of Framingham, Mass., moves items at a Lowe's retail home improvement and appliance store, in Framingham. Lowe's Cos. delivered weaker-than-expected sales for the fiscal fourth quarter and offered an annual forecast that came below Wall Street expectations. The report, issued Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, sent shares down in early morning trading. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
February 26, 2020 - 3:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lowe's Cos. on Wednesday reported weaker-than-expected sales for its fiscal fourth quarter and offered an annual forecast that came below Wall Street expectations. During a call with analysts, Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison blamed the sales shortfall on the timing of its marketing...
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FILE- In this July 1, 2013 file photo, is the exterior of the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals office in St. Louis. The generic drugmaker Mallinckrodt has a tentative $1.6 billion deal to settle lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis, it announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The deal is intended to end hundreds of lawsuits faced by the company over opioids. (Whitney Curtis/AP Images for Mallinckrodt, File)
February 26, 2020 - 12:07 am
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals doled out lavish perks for top U.S. employees who hit or beat sales goals for prescription opioids and other drugs: six-figure bonuses and a chance to snag a coveted “President's Club” award, which could mean vacations to Hawaii, the Caribbean or Mexico. The company...
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In this Feb. 21, 2020 photo, a worker pushes a cart inside an Amazon Go Grocery store set to open soon in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Following the opening of several smaller convenience-type stores using an app and cashier-less technology to tally shoppers' selections, the store will be the first Amazon Go full-sized cashier-less grocery store. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
February 25, 2020 - 5:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to kill the supermarket checkout line. The online retailing giant is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, where shoppers can grab milk or eggs and walk out without waiting in line or ever opening their wallets. It's the latest sign that Amazon is serious about...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo a shopper leaves Macy's department store with bags in both hands during Black Friday shopping in New York. Macy's reports financial results on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
February 25, 2020 - 9:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's reported stronger-than-expected sales and profits for the fourth quarter less than a month after it announced a major restructuring. Shares rose 3% before the opening bell Tuesday but gave up those gains in morning trading along with the broader markets. The quarterly report...
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In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo a passer-by, below left, walks toward an entrance to a Home Depot store location, in Boston. Home Depot Inc. reports financial results on Tuesday, Feb. 25. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
February 25, 2020 - 8:20 am
Home Depot reported a better-than-expected fourth quarter with strong comparable-store sales. The home improvement retailer also boosted its quarterly dividend by 10%. Shares rose 3% in premarket trading Tuesday. “Home Depot’s numbers are important as they, perhaps more than those of other...
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FILE- In this Nov. 8, 2018, file photo model Devon Windsor walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 in New York. Victoria's Secret's owner, L Brands, said that the private-equity firm Sycamore Brands will buy 55% of Victoria's Secret for about $525 million. Victoria's Secret will become a private company. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2020 - 3:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria's Secret, which once defined sexy with its leggy supermodels in their lacy bras and oversized angel wings, has a new owner. Now, the big question is whether the once sought after but now struggling brand can be reinvented for a new generation of women demanding more...
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FILE - This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh. Walmart is reporting disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales. The nation's largest retailer says that sales at its U.S. stores heading into the holiday season were weaker than expected. It also said that social unrest in Chile hurt its business. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
February 18, 2020 - 6:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales after a sluggish and shortened holiday shopping season. Violent social protests in Chile cut into international sales. Walmart also delivered a weak profit forecast for the year, sending shares down about 1% before the...
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A customer steps out of a Pier 1 Imports store which was having a closeout sale, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Larchmont, N.Y. Home goods retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday after years of sliding sales. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company, which was founded in 1962, has recently struggled with increased competition from online retailers such as Wayfair. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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February 17, 2020 - 6:16 pm
Pier 1 Imports Inc. — the once-trendy supplier of home goods like papasan chairs and throw pillows — filed for bankruptcy protection Monday after years of sliding sales. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company has been struggling with increased competition from budget-friendly online retailers like...
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FILE - In a Feb. 14, 2020 file photo, employees wear face masks as they stand in a reopened Apple Store in Beijing. Apple Inc. is warning investors that it won't meet its second-quarter financial guidance because the viral outbreak in China has cut production of iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based company said Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 that all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities are outside Hubei province, and all have been reopened, but production is ramping up slowly. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
February 17, 2020 - 4:17 pm
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. is warning investors that it won't meet its second-quarter financial guidance because the viral outbreak in China has cut production of iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based company said Monday that all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities are outside Hubei...
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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 - 7:35 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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