Retail and wholesale sector performance

This combination photo shows Jennifer Salgado, 42, of Bloomfield, N.J., with a pack of macarons, left, and a bag of peas she ordered during coronavirus lockdown. Millions of people have helped online retail sales surge as consumer spending fell off rapidly when businesses shut down. Salgado snapped up 96 macarons from a bulk-buying store, along with 24 pounds of frozen peas. (Jennifer Salgado via AP)
May 26, 2020 - 10:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Between technical glitches and food worries, retail therapy and sheer amnesia, something has happened to shopping during the pandemic that can be summed up thusly: rubber chickens. Melissa Jean Footlick bought some while sheltering at home in San Diego with her husband and three...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2020 file photo, bicyclists pass in front of a closed Macy's department store in Santa Ana, Calif. Macy’s warned Thursday, May 21 that it could lose more than a $1 billion during its first quarter after the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed retail operations worldwide. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 21, 2020 - 5:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Late last year, Best Buy began testing curbside pickup at select stores as a way to respond to customer needs. But that was then. The pandemic accelerated the company's plans and what was supposed to take months instead took just 48 hours, with Best Buy rolling out curbside pickup...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo, a customer wearing a mask carries his purchases as he leaves a Target store during the coronavirus pandemic, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Online sales at Target more than doubled as the pandemic put millions in lockdown during the first quarter, revealing further the critical role big box stores played in getting supplies to an immobilized population. The Minneapolis company reported Wednesday, May 20 that comparable-store sales, which include online purchases, rose 10.8% for the three-month period that ended May 2. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 20, 2020 - 10:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Online sales at Target more than doubled as the pandemic put millions in lockdown during the first quarter, revealing further the critical role big box stores played in getting supplies to an immobilized population. The Minneapolis company reported Wednesday that comparable-store...
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Customers practice social distancing as they wait in line to enter a Walmart on Saturday afternoon in West Paducah after the large retailer puts restrictions on store capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a Friday news release, Walmart stated that starting Saturday stores will allow no more than five customers per 1,000 square feet at any given time. Once the store reaches capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a "one-in, one-out basis." (Thomas Dean Stewart/The Paducah Sun via AP)
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May 19, 2020 - 1:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart became one of the few lifelines to millions of people as the coronavirus spread, leading to surging profit and sales during the fiscal first quarter. Online sales in the U.S. jumped 74% for the quarter ended April 30, which captured the brunt of the pandemic. Same-store...
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A cyclist wearing a mask pedals past other vehicles during extended lockdown in Kochi, southern Kerala state, India, Monday, May 18, 2020. India on Monday saw a slow trickle of people returning outdoors and thin traffic on its roads in some states, a day after the federal government extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions to restore economic activity. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
May 18, 2020 - 9:34 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — People trickled outdoors and thin traffic returned to roads in some Indian states on Monday, a day after the federal government extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions to restore economic activity. Small shops and other businesses were...
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A combo of recent images and filed on Friday May 15, 2020 of pubs that are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Britain's 47,000 or so pubs were told to close their doors on March 20, three days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the full lockdown. The pub holds a special place in British culture, unmatched anywhere else in the world. They are key building blocks of a shared identity and shared connections from the tiniest hamlet in cider country in southwest England, to the more whisky-focused havens in Scotland's Shetland Islands. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
May 15, 2020 - 8:27 pm
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ TEUTONIC SHIFT: Germany — Europe's biggest economy —...
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A woman walks with a child at SouthPark Mall, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Strongsville, Ohio. Ohio retail businesses reopened Tuesday following a nearly two-month-long shutdown ordered by Gov. Mike DeWine to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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May 15, 2020 - 6:57 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened the viability of stores across the country and further weighed down a sinking economy. The Commerce Department’s report Friday on retail...
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A currency trader talks near screens at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 15, 2020. Asian shares were mixed Friday as markets meandered on news about economies reopening, mixed with worries about the prolonged health risks from the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
May 15, 2020 - 4:48 pm
Stocks capped another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street with modest gains Friday, though the S&P 500 still ended with its biggest weekly loss in nearly two months. The benchmark index rose 0.4% after falling 1.3% earlier in the day as investors weighed more grim data showing how badly the...
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Angie Moorefield unfolds material to begin sewing a disposable gown at Burlington Medical in Newport News Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The manufacturing business recently shifted from producing radiation protection gear for medical facilities to in-demand personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns and plastic face shields. (Jonathon Gruenke/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
May 13, 2020 - 9:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices slid a record 1.3% in April led by a 19% plunge in the cost of energy, further signaling the potential threat of deflation in the United States. The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index, which measures inflation before it reaches the...
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A man wearing a mask walks by a window display at a J Crew store in Rockefeller Center, Saturday, May 2, 2020, in New York. On April 30, the company announced it would apply for bankruptcy protection amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
May 04, 2020 - 2:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling fashion brand J.Crew has filed for bankruptcy protection, the first major retailer to do so since the coronavirus pandemic forced most stores across the United States to close their doors. More retail bankruptcies are expected in coming weeks, with Neiman Marcus and J.C...
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