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    1. July 9, 2015

      Retail property: lease worst scenario

      US retailers and restaurant chains are already struggling with intense price competition and weak growth in their...

    2. June 26, 2015

      Ride the wave of public opinion with care

      The change happened essentially overnight. One minute, shoppers could load up on banners, placemats and T-shirts...

    1. June 23, 2015

      Top US retailers drop Confederate flag merchandise

      Walmart, Sears, eBay, Amazon and Google are removing all Confederate flag merchandise in the wake of the murder of nine...

    2. June 23, 2015

      Rebels yell: Civil strife over confederate symbols

      Reviled by many as a symbol of slavery and segregation, yet held up by others as a badge of southern pride, the...

    3. June 8, 2015

      Sears Holdings: fight for your rights

      For 361 days each year, Sears Holdings can present itself as a fascinating experiment in financial sorcery. On the...

    4. April 1, 2015

      Airline stocks slip on Deutsche downgrade

      A downgrade from analysts at Deutsche Bank has pushed US airline stocks lower amid concerns that the dollar’s strength...

    5. March 16, 2015

      Luxury malls ride out changing US shopping habits

      Sometimes, Kevin does not see a single person for three hours straight. So, when a customer walks into the Michael Kors...

    6. January 16, 2015

      US retailers stumble in Canada

      Less than two years after Target opened its first stores in Canada, the US retailer has found that its efforts north of...

    7. December 9, 2014

      Abercrombie & Fitch chief executive leaves ‘immediately’

      Mike Jeffries, the Abercrombie & Fitch chief executive, has left the US-based teen retailer amid flatlining sales,...

    8. October 2, 2014

      Sears Holdings: Know when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em

      The weakest hand can be played well or badly. Take Sears Holdings, the US retailer bashed together a decade ago when...

    9. August 25, 2014

      Financials lead the charge on day of records

      The US financial sector led a broad advance on the S&P 500 on Monday – helping to send the index above 2,000 for the...

    10. August 21, 2014

      Sears ‘unacceptable’ results hit retailer

      Investor disappointment over the latest results from Sears, which the US retailer acknowledged as “unacceptable”, wiped...

    11. August 15, 2014

      Retailers retreat as discounting hits margins

      The US retail sector weakened on Friday as discounting continued to weigh on margins of some of the country’s largest...

    12. August 13, 2014

      Department stores slip on Macy’s warning

      Shares in US department store operators slipped after one of the country’s largest chains warned an improving second...

    13. June 12, 2014

      Crude oil spike hits US airline sector

      US airline stocks continued on a sudden turbulent decline as sectarian violence across Iraq sent crude oil prices to a...

    14. May 22, 2014

      Dollar Tree buoyed by consumer polarisation

      A polarisation of the American economy, which has been supportive of top earners but pushed many middle-income earners...

    15. May 21, 2014

      AIG advances on core business strength

      American International Group advanced as broker Goldman Sachs lifted its view on the insurance group to ‘buy’, citing...

    16. May 14, 2014

      Avon calling for Coty’s Brazilian boost

      Coty, the maker of perfumes for brands such as Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, was boosted after the company joined up...

    17. March 17, 2014

      Sina surges as Weibo files for NY listing

      Shares in Sina surged on Monday after the company’s subsidiary, the Weibo social media network, filed paperwork to list...

    18. February 27, 2014

      Best Buy and Sears repair work underway

      US electronics retailer Best Buy and department store Sears Holdings reported holiday quarter earnings that surpassed...

    19. 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...

    20. November 21, 2013

      US retailers lack Christmas cheer

      Target, Sears and Abercrombie & Fitch have joined a roll call of retailers reporting weak pre-Christmas results as the...

    21. October 29, 2013

      Sears looks to spin off Lands’ End brand to shareholders

      Sears Holdings, the lossmaking retailer, said on Tuesday that it was considering hiving off its Lands’ End division to...

    22. August 22, 2013

      US stocks unfazed by Nasdaq halt

      US stocks closed higher on Thursday, boosted by positive economic data in a trading session marred by a historic...

    23. 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...

    24. August 22, 2013

      Abercrombie and Sears add to retail woes

      Abercrombie & Fitch and Sears Holdings joined the list of US clothes retailers that struggled to woo shoppers in the...

    25. August 14, 2013

      Macy’s sounds warning as earnings fall short

      Macy’s sounded a warning about the reluctance of US consumers to splash out on new purchases as its earnings fell short...

    26. July 3, 2013

      Retail: A difficult brief

      Not long after Marc Bolland became chief executive of Marks and Spencer in May 2010, he likened the high-street...

    27. June 24, 2013

      Neiman Marcus files for IPO

      Neiman Marcus, the upscale US department store, has filed for an initial public offering as its private equity owners...

    28. June 15, 2013

      Polo in Silicon Valley widens field for newcomers

      Peter Milner talks about grass in the way a sommelier talks about wine. He has played polo all over the world, and is...

    29. FT Photo Diary

      June 13, 2013

      Chicago lightning strikes

      Scott Olson/Getty Images Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) on early Thursday morning in...

    30. May 24, 2013

      P&G stands out in weaker US market

      Procter & Gamble shares rose 4 per cent against a weaker US stock market, after the world’s largest household products...

    31. May 24, 2013

      Sears suffers falling US sales

      Hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert got off to a rocky start as chief executive of Sears Holdings as the retailer reported...

    32. 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...

    33. April 9, 2013

      Ullman faces tough task at JC Penney

      Mike Ullman, chief executive of JC Penney from 2004 to 2011, had not set foot in one of the retailer’s shops since he...

    34. March 1, 2013

      Letter from Lex: impractical joke

      Mamma mia, here we go again! After a heated election campaign (no, not at the Vatican), a quarter of Italians chose to...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. February 28, 2013

      Wall Street gives up modest gains

      Retailers were in focus as a batch of disappointing earnings from companies such as JC Penney and Sears capped gains in...

    38. February 8, 2013

      America’s malls seek a life beyond retail

      The winter sunlight barely touches the depths of the abandoned store, where wires dangle from the ceiling, wood...

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