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."

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...

On The Move

GEORGE ANDERSONJob title: Retail Sales ManagerEmployer: Bennett Building Systems LLCWork expe r ience: He has more than 15 years experience as a small-business owner in retail and service industries.

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week

...cautiously. Many Americans appear to be saving the windfall from lower prices at the pump or using it to pay down debt.Retail sales rose in March, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, but the increase was driven largely by auto sales and came after...

The week ahead

...TUESDAY? Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for March, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases retail sales data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases business inventories for February, 10 a.m.WEDNESDAY...

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...

Of Mutual Interest: Will shrinking earnings halt the stock market's run?

...least for now, consumers appear to be saving much of their gains from lower gas prices, rather than spending them. Retail sales fell in the first two months of the year.However, the longer gas prices stay low, the more likely it is that consumers...

Why US job growth isn't boosting the economy and cheap gas isn't powering spending

...and February. Shoppers skipped visits to the mall and auto dealers, choosing instead to crank up the thermostat. Retail sales fell in January and February.STRONG DOLLAR: Many U.S. factories ship their wares around the world. But because...

Bee's Knees restaurant owners prepare to open growler pub

...have no plans to brew beer in-house, though that could change if state legislation eases restrictions on brewery retail sales, they said.While stores such as Whole Foods Market in Augusta and Gra vity Growlers in Martinez sell craft beer to...

Harsh weather freezes US economy for a 2nd year, though the slowdown is likely temporary

...just as a winter-related slump did last year.Retail sales fell 0.6 percent in February, the government said...the job market and the economy are still solid.The retail sales report "doesn't change our view that the economic...