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  1. September 5, 2014

    US utilities shine as investors go defensive

    Utility stocks shone on a lacklustre trading day on Friday, as investors turned defensive following weaker than expected US...

  2. August 22, 2014

    Ross Stores’ strong earnings helps lift US retail sector

    Retailers finished the week on a high note after a flurry of earnings reports. Discount retailer Ross Stores led the S&P...

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  1. August 21, 2014

    Gap to open 40 stores in India

    Gap is moving in to India’s fast growing market for Western-style apparel with plans to open 40 stores from 2015 – in the...

  2. July 11, 2014

    US mortgage insurers fall on FHFA plans

    Mortgage insurers fell sharply on Friday after the Federal Housing Finance Agency proposed new rules to tighten standards on...

  3. May 23, 2014

    GameStop jumps on higher profits and console sales

    GameStop, the US video game retailer, was among the market leaders on a slow trading day ahead of the holiday weekend after...

  4. April 11, 2014

    US retailers fall after Gap reports sales slide

    Shares in US retailers were under pressure on Friday after one of the country’s largest apparel chains reported difficult...

  5. February 20, 2014

    Gap raises minimum wage for US workers

    Gap has broken ranks with other retailers and sided with President Barack Obama by deciding to increase its minimum wage as...

  6. February 7, 2014

    Gap jumps on higher earnings hopes

    Gap shares rose at their fastest pace in three months on Friday as the US retailer lifted its earnings expectations and...

  7. January 4, 2014

    Cambodia protesters call off rally after bloody crackdown

    PHNOM PENH, Jan 4 – Anti-government demonstrators said on Saturday they had called off a mass rally they had planned to...

  8. October 11, 2013

    Gap falls but US indices advance

    Shares in clothing retailer Gap fell in early trading on weak revenue numbers but US equity indices ticked up to extend...

  9. August 16, 2013

    Nordstrom sales suffer as shoppers’ budgets shrink

    Nordstrom fell after the department store chain joined the growing list of consumer companies reporting lower-than-expected...

  10. July 8, 2013

    Bangladesh factories face inspections after safety deal

    Bangladeshi factories making clothes for 70 mostly European multinationals will be inspected over the next nine months under...

  11. June 27, 2013

    US to suspend Bangladesh trade privileges

    The Obama administration has decided to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh, citing its poor labour standards after a...

  12. June 16, 2013

    The devastating cost of cheap outsourcing

    Retailers and their investors face a wake-up call as new findings flag up health and safety risks in the supply chain of...

  13. June 7, 2013

    Walmart helps turn S&P 500 positive for week

    Walmart investors were buoyed by news of a fresh share buyback programme, as the S&P 500 surged ahead after a strong jobs...

  14. May 17, 2013

    Week in review, May 18

    A round-up of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories, including stakebuilding in Sony and Google’s...

  15. May 15, 2013

    Rift opens over textile worker safety in Bangladesh

    Last month’s collapse of a building in Bangladesh which left more than 1,200 people dead has sent retailers, government and...

  16. May 13, 2013

    European retailers to sign Bangladesh safety pact

    European retailers led by Hennes & Mauritz, Inditex and Tesco have vowed to sign a deal to improve factory safety in...

  17. May 1, 2013

    US retailers losing appetite to hire amid economic jitters

    Michael Faulhaber, the veteran owner of the Ward-Brodt music store in Madison, Wisconsin, has plenty in common with Dave...

  18. May 1, 2013

    EU considers trade limits on Bangladesh

    The EU is considering moves against Bangladesh, including restricting trade access to the European single market, in an...

  19. April 30, 2013

    Global retailers pledge help for Bangladesh factory victims

    Western retailers have begun pledging compensation for Bangladeshi garment workers killed or injured in last week’s building...

  20. March 21, 2013

    Sandy victims struggle to weather damage

    Sara Williams reaches up and touches a spot high on the wall inside Fresh Salt, the restaurant she co-owns on Beekman...

  21. March 7, 2013

    Gap shares halted after early data release

    Trading in Gap shares was halted briefly on Thursday after the retailer’s latest sales data were accidentally released...

  22. March 7, 2013

    US equities boosted by jobless data

    US stocks were bolstered on Thursday by better-than-expected labour market data that showed a decline in the number of...

  23. February 28, 2013

    Sears chief heralds retail upheaval

    Eddie Lampert, the hedge fund manager who controls Sears Holdings, predicts upheaval in US retail as chief executives are...

  24. February 4, 2013

    Online sales threat to American malls

    Credit market investors are falling out of love with US shopping malls as up to 15 per cent of the country’s suburban retail...

  25. February 3, 2013

    Twitter’s video app lures big brands

    For some brand advertisers, six seconds is the new 30 seconds. Even as this weekend’s Super Bowl hits a new high for...

  26. January 30, 2013

    H&M: growth at a cost

    Poor old H&M. The Swedish clothes retailer is invariably compared with Inditex, its Spanish rival. And it does not come off...

  27. January 15, 2013

    Wall Street rebounds in late trade

    Apple shares continued their slide from the previous session and fell below the $500 level, erasing gains for the past 11...

  28. January 3, 2013

    US equities fall after post-deal rally

    US retailers were in focus on Wall Street on Thursday after the release of monthly sales results. Even though overall retail...

  29. December 28, 2012

    Mobile gift cards increase in popularity

    Technology companies including Facebook are trying to grab a slice of the market for retail gift cards, whose popularity in...

  30. November 23, 2012

    Shoppers scrutinise Black Friday deals

    Americans welcomed the chance to start Black Friday shopping earlier than ever in the biggest retail rush of the year, but...

  31. November 15, 2012

    Walmart sales miss hits Wall St stocks

    Walmart shares dropped as the world’s largest retailer by sales reported falling sales growth, overshadowing quarterly...

  32. November 9, 2012

    Ex-Sri Lankan Tigers swap bombs for bras

    Hundreds of former Tamil Tigers, the defeated Sri Lankan rebel army, are moving into a peaceful trade, swapping a history of...

  33. October 15, 2012

    H&M branches out with Monki strategy

    The Monki store on Hamngatan in Stockholm stands opposite a large H&M outlet. But there is little to suggest the two are...

  34. October 4, 2012

    US retail sales growth slows

    US retail sales growth slowed in September but was in line with expectations against the backdrop of uncertainty over the...

  35. September 14, 2012

    Clothes shops prepare for body scanning

    A white vertical wand swoops around Caitlin Zemla for 15 seconds as she stands in a transparent booth in a New Jersey...

  36. August 30, 2012

    US retailers beat sales forecasts

    Gap and the owners of Victoria’s Secret and TJ Maxx reported sharp sales growth in August as US retailers reported another...

  37. August 19, 2012

    US retail – Gap closes

    Who were the coolest dudes at the mall this summer? Surprisingly, one of them was Gap, a company that was hugely popular in...

  38. August 16, 2012

    New styles help Gap beat estimates

    Gap reported growth in net income and sales that narrowly beat market expectations as its newest clothes clicked with...

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