Retail and wholesale sector performance

FILE - This March 31, 2018 photo shows a booth advertising a delivery service for cannabis at the Four Twenty Games in Santa Monica, Calif. California is moving a step closer to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales. Regulators on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, announced preliminary approval of the proposed rule over objections from cities and police chiefs who say the policy will lead to crime. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
October 19, 2018 - 5:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California moved a step closer Friday to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales of the drug as regulators rebuffed cities and police chiefs opposed the rule. The proposal is a major issue that could ultimately end up in court as the state...
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In this Sept. 18, 2018, photo Janice Jucker carries a tray of bread inside her Three Brothers Bakery in Houston. Retailers struggle in Houston a year after Hurricane Harvey flooded the city. Jucker continues to rebuild the business at Three Brothers Bakery. She has three stores, one of which was flooded; her sales are down 25 percent from before the storm. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 26, 2018 - 10:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Many small and independent retailers are more upbeat about the fourth quarter and holiday season than in recent years. That's because customers are more confident and spending freely. Shoppers are especially interested in some merchandise that stores struggled to sell during the...
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FILE- This June 25, 2018, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File, File)
September 14, 2018 - 12:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly higher Friday as banks climb but retailers and big-dividend stocks slide. The Federal Reserve said production of cars and energy jumped in August. Interest rates are climbing as investors expect continued economic growth and further interest rate increases...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, photo, a prospective buyer looks over a 2019 Cooper S convertible on the showroom floor of a Mini dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. On Friday, Sept. 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for August. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
September 14, 2018 - 9:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as consumers slowed their spending after a robust month of shopping in July. The Commerce Department said Friday that the value of purchases ticked up just 0.1 percent last month, the smallest increase in six months. But the sluggish figure...
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September 14, 2018 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as shoppers spent less on cars, furniture and clothes. The Commerce Department says the value of purchases ticked up just 0.1 percent, the smallest increase in six months, after a robust gain of 0.7 percent in July. The sluggish increase may...
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September 14, 2018 - 3:56 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese factory output and retail sales held up in August but investment weakened, government data showed Friday, adding to challenges for communist leaders as they fight a tariff battle with Washington. The data showed little impact yet from government efforts to shore up flagging...
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FILE- In this May 30, 2018, file photo shoppers look through the updated cosmetic department at a Target store in San Antonio. Target Corp. reports earnings Wednesday, Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
August 22, 2018 - 11:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Target reported strong sales growth both at stores and online, helped by remodeled locations and new delivery services as well as a stronger economy. Like Nordstrom, Walmart and Home Depot, it also raised its outlook as retailers benefit from shoppers spending more freely. The...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a man pushes a cart while shopping at a Walmart store in North Bergen, N.J. Walmart Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 16, 2018 - 8:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart raised its financial outlook for the year after beating Wall Street's expectations for its fiscal second quarter and seeing the strongest growth in more than a decade in sales at established stores. Its shares surged 10 percent before the opening bell Thursday. The report is...
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FILE- In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, the New York Stock Exchange is shown. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 15, 2018 - 11:37 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks are sinking Wednesday as an unexpected drop in profits for Chinese tech giant Tencent has investors worrying about economic growth. Oil and copper prices are falling. Technology and energy companies are taking some of the worst losses in the U.S. The Commerce...
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FILE- In this July 8, 2018, file photo a rainbow illuminates the sky as 2018 MKZ sedans MKX as they sit outside a Lincoln dealership in Englewood, Colo. On Wednesday, Aug 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for July. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
August 15, 2018 - 10:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shopped at a healthy pace in July, buying more cars, clothes and appliances, evidence that consumers are helping drive robust economic growth. Retail sales rose at a 0.5 percent annual rate in July, after a 0.2 percent increase the previous month, the Commerce Department...
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