Retail

October Retail Sales Point to Strong Holiday Season

Census Bureau

WASHINGTON-U.S. retail sales in October, whose figures were issued this morning by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, provided an indication that this holiday shopping season could be a strong one, according to the National Retail Federation. The Census Bureau said total retail sales finished last month at an adjusted total of $444.5 billion, upMore »

Last updated: November 14, 2014

Walmart Net Slips in Q3; U.S. Comps Edge Up

Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark.-Rising expenses offset a gain in overall sales to reduce Walmart’s third-quarter net income by 0.6 percent, to $3.7 billion. Net sales for Walmart as a whole totaled $118.1 billion, up 2.8 percent from last year’s third quarter. Included in the overall figure were a 0.5 percent gain in same-store sales for Walmart U.S.More »

Last updated: November 13, 2014

J.C. Penney Slashes Q3 Loss; Home Scores a Win

JCPenney

PLANO, Texas-In a quarter in which the home department was a top performer, J.C. Penney slimmed its third-quarter net loss to from $489 million in last year’s third quarter to $188 million this year. Net sales were down 0.5 percent, totaling $2.8 billion and including a flat performance in same-store sales. But in a conferenceMore »

Last updated: November 13, 2014

Dillard’s Q3 Net Climbs in Face of Sales Drop

Dillard’s

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Dillard’s reported third-quarter net income of $55.2 million, up 8.4 percent, even though the retailer experienced a decline in sales in the quarter, which ended on Nov. 1. Net sales totaled $1.5 billion, down 7.4 percent from last year’s third quarter and including a drop of 1 percent in same-store sales. Home andMore »

Last updated: November 13, 2014

Bottom Line Up 22.6 Percent for Macy’s Q3

Macy’s

CINCINNATI-Slimmed-down expenses helped propel Macy’s to a 22.6 percent gain in third-quarter net income, which totaled $217 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses were cut by 4.4 percent in dollars and 110 basis points as a percentage of sales, to 32.4 percent, in the quarter, which ended on Nov. 1. Terry Lundgren, Macy’s chairman andMore »

Last updated: November 12, 2014

Target to Offer Home Products Savings in November

Target

MINNEAPOLIS-Multipiece bakeware sets and a Dyson vacuum cleaner are among the products for which Target will offer significant savings during the November period culminating on Black Friday weekend. From Nov. 23-29, the retailer will pitch multipiece bakeware sets at 40 percent off, as part of a number of exclusive deals. From Nov. 27-29, Target willMore »

Last updated: November 12, 2014

Wayfair Q3 Revenue and Loss Skyrocket

Wayfair.com

BOSTON-Fueled by a huge gain in its direct-retail business, Wayfair posted net revenue of $336.2 million, up a resounding 41.7 percent, in its fiscal third quarter ending on Sept. 30. Wayfair’s net loss nearly quadrupled in the quarter, to $28.9 million, compared to a net loss of $7.7 million in last year’s third quarter. ThisMore »

Last updated: November 11, 2014

Retail Import Volume Rises; West Coast Ports Face Possible Shutdown

Container Port

WASHINGTON-With retailers rushing to fill their shelves in the face of a potential shutdown of West Coast ports, import volume at the nation’s major container ports is projected to continue upward this month, according to the most recent Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. The report is predicting thatMore »

Last updated: November 11, 2014