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  1. FT Tech Hub

    March 24, 2014

    Square targets US's 50m Latinos (and their small businesses)

    Square, the payments processing start-up, is looking for new users for its credit card device among the US’s growing Latino...

  2. February 25, 2014

    Tesla hits record on electric utility hopes

    Tesla shares rocketed to a new record high after analysts at Morgan Stanley more than doubled their price target on the...

  1. January 20, 2014

    Sherwin-Williams: rosy picture

    Painting by numbers is not child’s play in the case of Sherwin-Williams. The figures are equivocal for the US paint company....

  2. December 27, 2013

    US bricks-and-mortar retailers seek online success

    When people buy more online, traditional retailers suffer – or so the well-worn narrative goes. The reality, however, is not...

  3. November 20, 2013

    Lowe’s hit by earnings miss

    The S&P 500 moved slightly lower after the Fed hinted it may soon end its easing programme, while home improvement retailer...

  4. September 20, 2013

    Adobe leads record-setting S&P500 week

    The S&P 500, boosted by software maker Adobe Systems, finished the week up 1.3 per cent, also aided by the Federal Reserve’s...

  5. September 4, 2013

    Rush to US debt markets ahead of jobs data and Fed meeting

    Big companies are rushing to the US debt markets this week, trying to lock in borrowing costs at low levels before a...

  6. August 22, 2013

    US clothing retail: mall rats

    There is trouble at the mall. Abercrombie & Fitch reported a 10 per cent drop in comparable sales on Thursday. Next door at...

  7. August 21, 2013

    Lowe’s / Home Depot

    The difference between investing in a home and in shares is that, while both assets tend to appreciate, you don’t have to...

  8. August 20, 2013

    Consumer caution hits sales at US retailers

    The struggling US retailers JC Penney, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble reported falling sales and mixed progress in efforts to...

  9. August 20, 2013

    Home Depot rides US housing rebound

    Home Depot reported a 17 per cent rise in second-quarter earnings and raised its full year profit outlook as the US home...

  10. August 20, 2013

    Eat, drink, man, woman, meatballs

    What modern institution in China provides food, housing, love and babysitting, all under one roof? The Communist party may...

  11. FT Alphaville

    August 20, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks fell for a fourth day after Treasury yields reached a two-year high. Currencies from Malaysia to Thailand...

  12. August 9, 2013

    JC Penney leads US shares lower

    JC Penney was the S&P 500's worst performer on Friday after Bill Ackman, the company's top investor, fired back at the...

  13. June 26, 2013

    HD Supply prices below expectations

    HD Supply, a former unit of Home Depot acquired by buyout groups at the height of the US housing bubble, has raised $957m...

  14. June 13, 2013

    HD Supply files for $1.2bn IPO

    HD Supply, a former unit of Home Depot acquired by buyout groups before the US housing crisis, has filed to raise $1.2bn...

  15. 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...

  16. June 6, 2013

    Yum rises as S&P 500 returns gains

    Shares in restaurant group Yum Brands challenged year highs on positive news about revenue from China as US stocks rallied...

  17. May 21, 2013

    US stocks close at fresh high

    Home Depot led US stocks to a new record high as the home improvement company said its most recent quarterly performance was...

  18. May 21, 2013

    Best Buy and Home Depot sales contrast

    Stiff competition in the electronics sector led to a decline in US sales at Best Buy, but a healthier US housing market...

  19. May 7, 2013

    Battle rages over US online tax

    A drive by Walmart and other retailers for the US Congress to end tax-free internet shopping is heading for a collision with...

  20. April 17, 2013

    Ebay: a promising big picture

    Don’t forget eBay. Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook may be the so-called “four horsemen” of tech. But the stoutest...

  21. April 12, 2013

    Share buybacks bode ill for real economy

    Last year, when its stock price was around $20, Jakks Pacific, a designer and marketer of toys, spent about $80m on buying...

  22. April 8, 2013

    The search for fresh digital blood

    John Straw, a UK-based serial entrepreneur, had barely joined Thomas Cook earlier this year, when he started pushing the...

  23. April 5, 2013

    US jobs: retail of woe

    Many Americans started their working lives cultivating teenage ennui in a more-or-less dreary retail job, stocking shelves...

  24. April 2, 2013

    Sales of US high-grade debt set to pick up

    Sales of US high-grade corporate bonds are expected to pick up in the coming days as borrowers try to squeeze in deals ahead...

  25. March 15, 2013

    Funds flood in for New York mayoral race

    Corporate titans are throwing their weight into New York’s mayoral race after more than a decade during which Michael...

  26. March 7, 2013

    US share buybacks at record amount

    Big US companies bought a record amount of their own shares in February, pushing overall stock purchases above the $1tn mark...

  27. FT Alphaville

    March 6, 2013

    February the strongest month ever for US buybacks

    That’s according to a note this morning by Birinyi Associates, which adds: We recorded $117.8 billion in buyback...

  28. February 28, 2013

    US retail: shutters are poised

    Is the US retail industry going to pieces? One might think so, given the goings on at once-healthy store chains from JC...

  29. February 26, 2013

    Wall St rises on positive housing data

    US stocks rose on Tuesday with investors bidding up shares in Home Depot and other companies tied to the country’s...

  30. February 10, 2013

    Cold comfort for Valentine’s gift retailers

    Shopping came to a snowbound halt in parts of the US northeast on the weekend as a fierce blizzard disrupted the peak...

  31. January 17, 2013

    Foreign brands tread new paths in China

    Daimler is to peddle its Smart cars through the Chinese equivalent of Twitter while Apple will sell iPhones on an instalment...

  32. January 8, 2013

    Sears Holdings: breaking bad

    Does Eddie Lampert have a few more tricks up his sleeve? Sears Holdings’ valuation says he does. The company’s market...

  33. January 4, 2013

    Biden faces key role in second term

    When Joseph Biden was taking new senators through a practice run of their swearing-in ceremony this week, doubtless one of...

  34. December 28, 2012

    US stocks fall as cliff window narrows

    US stocks recorded their fifth straight negative session, as the window for a fiscal cliff deal before year-end narrowed...

  35. December 17, 2012

    Financials lead Wall Street gains

    Financial stocks led Wall Street higher, outperforming the broader market as investors welcomed tentative signs of a...

  36. November 23, 2012

    US stocks see best week since June

    US stocks jumped to their best weekly gains since June on growing hopes among investors of a fiscal deal in Washington that...

  37. November 22, 2012

    US retail stocks trade at lofty levels

    Shoppers may be lining up for Black Friday specials, but investors scouring the retail sector for a bargain on stocks may be...

  38. November 22, 2012

    Sandy diverts Black Friday shoppers

    The tins of Kilz Premium stain blocker in Joe Solimeo’s shopping cart should stop any blemishes from creeping through the...

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