Retail and wholesale sector performance

FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, file photo shows a display of Dole bananas in a Walmart in Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the Labor Department reports on U.S. producer price inflation for February. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
March 14, 2018 - 8:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.2 percent in February. A pickup in services prices offset a drop in the cost of food and energy. The Labor Department said Wednesday that the February increase in its producer price index was half January's 0.4 percent gain. Over the past year,...
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In this Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, photograph, sun glints off the headlight housing of an unsold 2018 Maserati Levante in a long line of the high-end sports utility vehicles sitting on a dealer's lot in Highlands Ranch, Colo. On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for February. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
March 14, 2018 - 8:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent less at auto dealers, gas stations and department stores in February, causing overall retail sales to slip 0.1 percent. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales have declined for the past three months, but they're still 4 percent higher from a year...
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March 14, 2018 - 5:34 am
MADRID (AP) — Zara fashion brand owner Inditex says strong sales and investment in technology for its online and physical stores boosted net profit in the past fiscal year by 7 percent. The world's largest clothes retailer said Wednesday that net profit for the 12 months ending Jan. 31 rose to 3.37...
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March 01, 2018 - 6:28 am
GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town is creating a "safe space" where online purchasers and sellers can meet face-to-face. WHEC says the town hall campus in Greece is being designated as an "Internet Purchase Exchange Location." The town in Monroe County will provide video surveillance in...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Walmart employee Kenneth White scans items while conducting an exercise during a Walmart Academy class session at the store in North Bergen, N.J. Walmart reports financial results Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
February 20, 2018 - 4:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is getting bruised in its battle with online leader Amazon. The world's largest retailer on Tuesday reported a smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as it wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year. The results underscore the company's...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Walmart employee Kenneth White scans items while conducting an exercise during a Walmart Academy class session at the store in North Bergen, N.J. Walmart reports financial results Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
February 20, 2018 - 1:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is taking some bruises from its battle with online leader Amazon. The world's largest retailer reported a lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year, signs that underscore the company's challenges...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Walmart employee Kenneth White scans items while conducting an exercise during a Walmart Academy class session at the store in North Bergen, N.J. Walmart reports financial results Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
February 20, 2018 - 10:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported a lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year, signs that underscore the company's challenges in a fiercely competitive landscape. The news, announced Tuesday, overshadowed the discounter's...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Walmart employee Kenneth White scans items while conducting an exercise during a Walmart Academy class session at the store in North Bergen, N.J. Walmart reports financial results Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
February 20, 2018 - 7:58 am
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart reported a fourth-quarter profit that missed Wall Street expectations and struggled with slower e-commerce sales during the period. Its shares slipped more than 6 percent before the market open on Tuesday. Still, the world's largest retailer announced better-than-...
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FILE- In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, a shopper looks over clothing at a J.C. Penney store in Seattle. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, the Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices for January. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
February 14, 2018 - 2:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation pressures appear to be building in the U.S. economy, a prospect that is heightening anxiety about potentially higher borrowing rates that could slow economic growth. The latest source of concern was a report Wednesday that showed a key measure of inflation rising in...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, Jesus Reyes pushes a television down an aisle as he shops at a Black Friday sale at a Best Buy store in Overland Park, Kan. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for January. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
February 14, 2018 - 9:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back on purchases of cars, furniture and a variety of other products in January, pushing retail sales down by 0.3 percent, the biggest decline in 11 months. The January decline, following no change in December, was the largest setback since a 0.5 percent fall in...
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