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  1. July 10, 2014

    United soars on airline optimism lift-off

    A turbulent month for the US airline sector, marked by pockets of pessimism from Europe’s two largest carriers, came to an...

  2. July 8, 2014

    The right capital structure for bricks and mortar retail?

    Lex recently wrote about the hurly-burly around PetSmart, the pet supply chain. An activist or two is keen for the company...

  1. May 27, 2014

    Urban Outfitters faces shareholder rebellion over diversity

    Urban Outfitters, the clothing retailer, has faced sharp criticism from large pension funds over a paucity of female...

  2. May 20, 2014

    Retailers drag Wall Street lower

    US retailers lagged behind the broader market as results from some of the industry’s most watched companies fell short of...

  3. May 14, 2014

    US retail: waiting for a discount

    Well, that was not the number we were looking for. US retail sales did not grow at all in April, the Census Bureau said this...

  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. April 2, 2014

    Ameriprise buoyed by hopes of higher rates

    Ameriprise Financial climbed on Wednesday after analysts at Morgan Stanley lifted their rating on the firm to ‘overweight’...

  6. March 14, 2014

    US teen retail takes hit as sales fall

    Aéropostale, the struggling US teen retailer, lost more than a tenth of its value on Friday as the company reported mounting...

  7. March 11, 2014

    Weak sales dog teen-focused Urban Outfitters

    Shares in retailers slumped on Tuesday as two of the largest teen outlets, American Eagle Outfitters and Urban Outfitters,...

  8. February 24, 2014

    US retailers smarten up the shopping experience

    As you jostle through US department store crowds in search of a pair of shoes, a buzzing smartphone alerts you to potential...

  9. January 2, 2014

    Apple slips on Wells Fargo rating cut

    Apple was the biggest drag on both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indices on the first day of trading in 2014. Shares of the...

  10. December 20, 2013

    Retailers cut prices deeply to beat Christmas chill

    Retailers on both sides of the Atlantic are frantically discounting to save Christmas, but for some store groups it may...

  11. September 10, 2013

    Netflix takes a starring role

    US indices were poised for a fifth consecutive day of gains, helped by Netflix, which broke through the $300 level to reach...

  12. 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...

  13. August 20, 2013

    Retailers put S&P 500 on steadier ground

    Retailers led the S&P 500 higher on Tuesday as a series of positive results and analyst upgrades provided investors with the...

  14. 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...

  15. April 2, 2013

    US health insurers lifted by Medicare deal

    Health insurers were in focus on Tuesday after the US government announced that it would not cut a key Medicare payment...

  16. 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...

  17. January 11, 2013

    Wells Fargo drags on US financials

    Wall Street climbed to its highest level in five years for a second consecutive week, despite marginal weekly gains as US...

  18. January 10, 2013

    Tiffany adds to US retail gloom

    The post-Christmas gloom in parts of the US retail sector deepened on Thursday as Tiffany & Co, the jeweller, and...

  19. January 10, 2013

    Financials lead US stocks to 5-year high

    US stocks climbed to a five-year high on Thursday as the financial sector came into focus with investors preparing for Wells...

  20. December 26, 2012

    Holiday retail sales fears damp US mood

    Equities gave up their positive start to the post-Christmas trading session, as fears for disappointing retail sales...

  21. December 11, 2012

    AIG climbs on sale of government stake

    AIG shares led strong gains on Wall Street as the US Treasury prepared to sell its remaining stake in the insurance group,...

  22. The World

    October 24, 2012

    Fidel is alive, but Che may be dying

    (JUAN CARLOS BORJAS/AFP/Getty Images) And so it was, again. After persistent rumours he was dead, it turned out this week...

  23. September 21, 2012

    Vintage performers

    Does that parka on the catwalk look familiar? Is that military jacket a dead ringer for the one in Bridge Over the River...

  24. September 7, 2012

    Lululemon – breathe easy

    Company “value statements” recall the “artists’ statements” that appear in gallery leaflets. The characteristic feature of...

  25. August 3, 2012

    The women in white

    What? The Little White Dress really is the new LBD this season. Ice cool, as refreshing as mouth-tingling ice-cream, and...

  26. July 19, 2012

    JC Penney aims to get rid of checkouts

    JC Penney, the department store in the midst of wrenching reforms, is aiming to eliminate traditional checkout registers by...

  27. April 3, 2012

    Wall Street slips as Fed minutes disappoint

    Wall Street turned away from post-financial crisis highs on Tuesday as technology stocks dominated the markets attention...

  28. March 13, 2012

    Financials drive S&P 500 rally

    Financial stocks surged on Tuesday to carry the S&P 500 to its highest post-crisis close on a day that saw all three major...

  29. February 15, 2012

    Abercrombie & Fitch: not so hot

    Hormone-addled teens often end up grounded. So it is with Abercrombie & Fitch, whose naughty behaviour has earned it harsh...

  30. February 14, 2012

    Hermes takes reins at three Westfield malls

    Hermes Real Estate, one of the UK’s largest property fund managers, with net assets of £5bn, has taken control of three...

  31. January 13, 2012

    Banks sour Wall Street’s good week

    US markets retreated on Friday as JPMorgan’s quarterly earnings disappointed and Standard & Poor’s downgraded eurozone...

  32. January 11, 2012

    Urban Outfitters shares plunge after chief resigns

    The sudden resignation of Urban Outfitters’ chief executive sent shares in the youth fashion retailer falling sharply as...

  33. January 11, 2012

    Urban shares plunge on chief’s departure

    Investors in Urban Outfitters reacted with dismay to the resignation of Glen Senk as chief executive. The shares fell 15 per...

  34. January 10, 2012

    Tiffany loses lustre amid sluggish sales

    Shares in Tiffany & Co fell 10.5 per cent to $59.94 as the luxury retailer it cut earnings guidance after reporting anaemic...

  35. January 4, 2012

    US retailers climb in flat market

    Retail stocks rallied strongly as investors geared up for Thursday’s holidays sales reporting with apparel chains and luxury...

  36. December 13, 2011

    US retailers weighed down by Best Buy

    US markets turned sharply lower after the Federal Open Market Committee left monetary policy unchanged. The S&P 500 closed...

  37. 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....

  38. November 15, 2011

    Hopes for a new Italian government drive Wall Street

    A flurry of positive economic data edged US stocks into positive territory on Tuesday, before traders seized on good news...

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