US retail sales heat up in March; has big thaw arrived?

...building materials in March, lifting retail sales for the first time in four months.Retail sales jumped 0.9 percent last month...that we should expect very strong retail sales numbers over the next few months...

Wine Time: Sutter Home White Zinfandel, California

...million by 1987. The winery says during the past 40 years the wine has represented more than $6 billion in U.S. retail sales.An original Sutter Home bottle even is in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., with the story of what...

Fed will likely signal a rate hike is coming later this year if economy strengthens further

...closer to raising rates.Recent economic reports have turned more buoyant, with a rebound in home construction and retail sales and near-record auto sales.Perhaps most important, the job market has revived, having added an average 217,000...

Wal-Mart profit falls on currency shifts, pay raises

...Wall Street estimates. The weakness adds to questions about the health of consumer spending. The latest government retail sales figures showed spending was flat in April, and Macy's, Kohl's and J.C. Penney announced disappointing results...

Holiday shopping slump: US retail sales fell in December

WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales stumbled last month in a sign consumers...declined and hiring picked up.Retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0...a note to clients. "As such, retail sales will strengthen again before too...

Some jobs at Wal-Mart will get pay raises

...more than discounters like Wal-Mart. But it's above the $9.93 average hourly pay for cashiers and low-level retail sales staff, according to Hay Group's survey of 140 retailers with annual sales of at least $500 million.

Lowe's 1Q profit up on sales growth, but still disappoints

...anticipated a better showing in the critical first quarter," Strasser said. "This leaves little room for error, and as retail sales appear somewhat erratic to weak, this is likely impact them going forward."

US retail sales fall for 3rd month as auto purchases drop

WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales fell in February, as auto purchases...restaurants and home improvement stores.Retail sales fell 0.6 percent last month after...from cheaper gas.The monthly retail sales report is closely watched because...

Americans aren't spending their gasoline savings

...December. Economists had forecast that last week's retail sales report for January would show a healthy rise.And yet...months earlier, the extra cash didn't get spent: Retail sales, excluding gas, fell slightly from November to January...

Retail sales soar by record 7.1 percent in October

...and heavy discounting, boosted retail sales in October by 7.1 percent, the...of the strength in the October retail sales report came from a record 26...year. On Wall Street, the strong retail sales report lifted stocks. The Dow...