Retail and wholesale sector performance

FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, a shopper loads her car after shopping at a Walmart in Pittsburgh. Walmart Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 17, 2018 - 6:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart's improving store experience and rebounding online sales helped to power first-quarter results. The world's largest retailer reported Thursday that both revenue and profits beat Wall Street estimates. Sales at stores opened at least a year rose a solid 2.1 percent. It's an...
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FILE- This May 2, 2017, file photo shows corporate signage at Macy's flagship store in Manhattan, in New York. Macy's Inc. reports earnings Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
May 16, 2018 - 12:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — With shoppers in a mood to spend, particularly on clothing, Macy's surpassed profit and revenue expectations for the first quarter of the year and raised its outlook. The company reported its second straight quarter of higher sales at existing stores after a three-year funk. Its...
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FILE- In this April 19, 2017, file photo, specialist Anthony Rinaldi is reflected in a screen at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 15, 2018 - 12:09 pm
U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in midday trading Tuesday, led by declines in technology, health care and consumer-focused companies. The slide put the Dow Jones industrial average on track to end an eight-day winning streak. Banks rose as bond prices fell, sending yields to their highest level in...
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FILE - This June 1, 2017, file photo, shows a Walmart sign at a store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart says it will pay about $16 billion for a majority stake in India’s leading e-commerce company Flipkart, giving the world’s largest retailer a formidable presence in a fast-growing economy. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
May 09, 2018 - 8:53 am
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart is breaking into India's massive and growing consumer market, spending $16 billion for a controlling stake in the online retailer Flipkart, whose delivery drivers, with their motorcycles and oversized backpacks, have become ubiquitous across the nation of 1.3...
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May 09, 2018 - 8:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices edged up just 0.1 percent in April, held down by a big drop in food costs. It was the smallest gain in four months. The April increase in the Labor Department's producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach consumers, followed a 0...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2016, file photo Nestle's directors speak in front of the Nestle's logo during the general meeting of Nestle Group, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Nestle has entered an agreement to bring Starbucks products to millions of homes worldwide, announced Monday, May 7, 2018. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)
May 07, 2018 - 10:53 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Nestle is paying more than $7 billion to handle global retail sales of Starbucks's coffee and tea outside of its coffee shops. The deal comes with a huge price tag for Nestle, but it could pay off big for the Swiss company. Its Nescafe and Nespresso don't carry anywhere near the heft...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday July 17, 2007, the sign of an Asda store in Wallington, England. It is reported Monday April 30, 2018, Sainsbury's has agreed a merger deal with Walmart Inc.'s U.K. unit, Asda, for 7.3 billion pounds (dollars 10.1 billion U.S.) in cash and stock in a deal that would create Britain's largest supermarket chain, but the deal will be subject to review by Britain's Competition and Markets Authority. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi, FILE)
April 30, 2018 - 1:09 pm
LONDON (AP) — Walmart is selling its British unit, Asda, to local rival Sainsbury's for 7.3 billion pounds ($10.1 billion), a deal that lets the world's largest retailer focus on online sales in countries where it has stronger growth prospects and faces less-intense competition. The cash and stock...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 file photo, the newest Monopoly token, a cat, rests on the game board at Hasbro Inc. headquarters, in Pawtucket, R.I. Hasbro Inc. (HAS) on Monday, April 23, 2018, reported a first-quarter loss of $112.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. ((AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 23, 2018 - 12:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — With its sales falling due to the liquidation of Toys R Us, Hasbro is looking for new places to sell Monopoly, My Little Pony and its other toys. Hasbro said Monday it will rely more on online sales, although it has also been working on getting its toys into more stores. CEO Brian...
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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley speaks outside the Supreme Court after the court hears oral arguments on a case involving a rule stemming from two, decades-old Supreme Court cases on state's sales tax collection, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Washington. South Dakota v. Wayfair is a case arguing about whether a rule the Supreme Court announced decades ago in a case involving a catalog retailer should still apply in the age of the internet. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 17, 2018 - 10:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded concerned Tuesday about doing away with a rule that has meant shoppers don't always get charged sales tax when they hit "checkout" online. The justices were hearing arguments in a case that deals with how businesses collect sales tax on online purchases...
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In this Monday, April 16, 2018 photo, a vendor sells vegetable along a street of Beijing, China’s economic growth held steady at 6.8 percent over a year earlier in the quarter ending in March, buoyed by retail sales and investment, data released Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
April 16, 2018 - 10:36 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth held steady in the quarter ending in March, buoyed by investment and rapid growth in e-commerce amid mounting trade tensions with Washington. The world's second-largest economy expanded by 6.8 percent over a year earlier, in line with the quarter ending in...
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