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  1. August 20, 2014

    Lowe’s trims sales hopes but holds ground

    Shares in Lowe’s the home improvement company, retained their value after two days of gains ahead of its latest results. The...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. February 25, 2013

    US stocks sell off on Italian poll results

    US stocks suffered their biggest single day decline in nearly four months, after a sell-off that began with investors...

  3. January 17, 2013

    US shares close at highest in 5 years

    US equities rose to their highest level in five years on Thursday even as two of Wall Street’s top banks fell sharply after...

  4. 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...

  5. November 2, 2012

    Sandy will have a wider effect on growth

    The storm surge may have receded from New York, but hurricane Sandy’s impact on the economy is just starting to hit. The...

  6. November 1, 2012

    Sandy set to distort US spending

    Hurricane Sandy’s impact is likely to distort spending patterns on the US east coast as the end-of-year shopping season...

  7. September 19, 2012

    Home Depot – big improvement

    Shares in Home Depot have been on an absolute tear, returning 76 per cent over the past year. Among huge companies ($50bn or...

  8. March 13, 2012

    Doubt over strength of Wall St bull run

    Fears about the sustainability of the Wall Street bull run have grown, with many stocks sitting out a rally that has taken...

  9. March 12, 2012

    Wall St steady despite global worries

    US equities were mixed on Monday as fresh economic data out of China added to growing concerns that the world’s...

  10. December 15, 2011

    America’s Muslims

    This week’s decision by Lowe’s, the US home improvement chain, to pull advertising from TLC, a television channel, because...

  11. December 12, 2011

    Lowe’s pulls ads from TV show on Muslims

    Lowe’s, the home improvement retailer, is facing a barrage of criticism after it pulled its advertisements from a new...

  12. December 7, 2011

    Low bond yields fuel corporate buy-backs

    With shareholders being rewarded by a surge in US company stock buy-backs, bondholders could be forgiven for feeling left...

  13. November 15, 2011

    US retail: box of tricks

    When Santa comes tumbling down the chimney of the US economy, retailers will be eager to see how much growth is in his bag....

  14. November 14, 2011

    JC Penney reports third-quarter loss

    JC Penney, the mid-price US department store, reported a third-quarter loss as the company confronted charges arising from...

  15. November 14, 2011

    Retail results fail to cheer Wall Street

    Solid results from Lowe’s and JC Penney were not enough to prevent US stock markets from opening the week down, as analysts...

  16. September 22, 2011

    Door slams shut for corporate have-nots

    Three years on from the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers and a banking crisis that prompted a worldwide...

  17. September 2, 2011

    Retailers tap software for store refits

    Deciding exactly which upgrades make commercial sense during a store refit is not easy, but now some retailers including...

  18. August 16, 2011

    Financial stocks drag down S&P 500

    Falling financial shares dragged the S&P 500 index down 1 per cent to 1192.76, ending a three-day rally on Wall Street. The...

  19. August 16, 2011

    Home Depot lifts outlook after sales rise

    Home Depot, the biggest US home improvement retailer by turnover, lifted its outlook for full-year profit for the second...

  20. August 15, 2011

    Confidence in US house sales remains low

    US homebuilder confidence was mired near historic lows in August as fears over a renewed slide into recession weighed on the...

  21. August 15, 2011

    Google deal leads US stocks higher

    Motorola Mobility shares soared after Google bid $12.5bn to buy the handset group, helping to extend a rally in US shares...

  22. May 17, 2011

    Home Depot lifts outlook despite lower sales

    Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, raised its earnings outlook for the year and reported a strong...

  23. May 16, 2011

    Mixed start to week of US retail earnings

    A week of earnings reports from major US retailers kicked off in a mixed fashion after JC Penney surpassed expectations but...

  24. May 16, 2011

    Economic data weigh on Wall Street

    Shares in NYSE Euronext fell sharply after Nasdaq OMX Group and IntercontinentalExchange withdrew their bid, while in the...

  25. March 31, 2011

    Wall Street down after jobless data revision

    Berkshire Hathaway shares slid after the unexpected resignation of one of its key figures while the wider markets closed out...

  26. February 23, 2011

    HP results drag US technology sector

    Wall Street saw another day of sharp losses as disappointing results from Hewlett-Packard weighed on the technology sector...

  27. February 23, 2011

    Lowe’s offers weak sales outlook

    Lowe’s, the US home improvement retailer, warned on Wednesday that its customers are increasingly fearful of inflation this...

  28. November 16, 2010

    Show of retail strength fails to halt wider US retreat

    Concerns about the risks of Chinese inflation and Eurozone sovereign debt overshadowed increases in forecasts from US...

  29. November 15, 2010

    Deal activity fails to boost US stocks

    Deal activity including an $8.6bn move from Caterpillar failed to stop US stocks slipping late in the trading day....

  30. November 15, 2010

    Lowe’s profits rise 17%

    Lowe’s, the US home improvement retailer, reported almost flat comparable sales at its North American stores in its third...

  31. September 2, 2010

    Retailers help Wall St amid positive economic figures

    US stocks rose on Thursday after slightly better-than-expected data on initial jobless claims, pending home sales and...

  32. August 17, 2010

    Wall Street rises on positive retail earnings

    US equities rose on Tuesday after retail bellwethers Walmart and Home Depot reported positive earnings, Potash, the...

  33. August 17, 2010

    Home Depot sales rise in US stores

    Home Depot, the largest US home improvement retailer, yesterday reduced its sales growth forecast for the full year, saying...

  34. August 16, 2010

    Lowe’s expects fragile demand to remain

    Lowe’s, the US home improvement retailer, said it expected consumer demand to continue “to bounce along the bottom” in 2010,...

  35. August 16, 2010

    Wall Street lifted by tech and materials stocks

    US stocks were almost flat on Monday after rising technology and materials stocks balanced out weak economic news in choppy...

  36. August 16, 2010

    Global worries keep pressure on Asian shares

    Tuesday 0500 GMT. Asian stocks are under pressure as sentiment remains fragile amid growing concerns about the global...

  37. August 1, 2010

    Opposition fades to big US land projects

    The economic slowdown in the US has increased potential local support for new superstores, hospitals and even power plants,...

  38. June 17, 2010

    Consumer staple rally lifts Wall Street

    US stocks pared losses in the final hour of trading on Thursday, helped by a rally in consumer staple stocks, but a...

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