Retail and wholesale sector performance

FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store in Newport, Ky. Comparable stores sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting a meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. Target said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, that it had weaker-than-expected sales of electronics, toys and some home good. Those sales climbed 1.4% in the November-December period, compared with a 5.7% increase a year earlier. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
January 15, 2020 - 11:57 am
Target reported a rare shortfall in holiday sales, raising concerns about the challenges ahead for the traditional retail industry even as the economy remains strong. Target's disappointing growth of 1.4% percent for November and December, dragged down by toys and electronics, fell well below the...
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FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store in Newport, Ky. Comparable stores sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting a meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. Target said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, that it had weaker-than-expected sales of electronics, toys and some home good. Those sales climbed 1.4% in the November-December period, compared with a 5.7% increase a year earlier. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
January 15, 2020 - 9:26 am
Comparable store sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. The discounter on Wednesday cut its expectations for same-store sales growth for the entire quarter. Shares fell more...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2019, file photo a farmer harvests soybeans in a field near Concordia, Mo. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, the Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for December. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
January 15, 2020 - 8:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose a slight 0.1% in December as a jump in the cost of energy was offset by falling food prices. The Labor Department said Wednesday the December increase in its producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer,...
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January 15, 2020 - 8:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose a slight 0.1% in December as a jump in the cost of energy was offset by falling food prices. The Labor Department said Wednesday the December increase in its producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo Nike clothes are displayed at a Kohl's store in Colma, Calif. Nike Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, Dec. 19. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 19, 2019 - 6:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nike’s quarterly results again beat Wall Street expectations, as its online sales grew and customers shrugged off a series of corporate scandals. The company's revenues grew to $10.33 billion in the second quarter ending Nov. 30, up 10% from the same period last year. Analysts had...
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A currency trader watches the computer monitors near the screens at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 17, 2019 - 7:52 am
TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets eased back on Tuesday after hopes over Brexit and a trade truce between the U.S. and China had led to a rally and new record highs on Wall Street. Germany's DAX slipped 0.7% to 13,315 in midday trading while France's CAC 40 lost nearly 0.2% to 5,972. Britain's FTSE 100...
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A currency trader stands near screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), center, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 16, 2019 - 9:38 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday following a rally on Wall Street that sent the major indexes to record highs, cheered by surprisingly strong economic reports out of China. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.3% in early trading to 24,028.41. South Korea's Kospi gained 0.6% to 2,181.99. Hong...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, file photo trader Robert Charmak works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street on Monday, Dec. 16, following gains overseas as China reported encouraging news on its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 16, 2019 - 4:09 pm
Stocks are closing broadly higher on Wall Street Monday, pushing major indexes to more record highs. Surprisingly strong reports on China's economy helped drive the rally. That's layered on top of investor optimism from last week’s initial trade deal between China and the United States. Health care...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, file photo trader Robert Charmak works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street on Monday, Dec. 16, following gains overseas as China reported encouraging news on its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 16, 2019 - 2:34 pm
Stocks climbed Monday on Wall Street, placing the major indexes on track to follow up a milestone-setting week with more record highs. Surprisingly strong economic reports out of China helped drive the rally. Growth in factory activity and retail sales in the world's second-largest economy both...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, file photo trader Robert Charmak works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street on Monday, Dec. 16, following gains overseas as China reported encouraging news on its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 16, 2019 - 1:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rallied Monday, rising with European and several Asian markets following surprisingly strong reports on China's economy. Growth in factory activity and retail sales in the world's second-largest economy both beat analysts’ expectations for last month. That layered on top...
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