Retail earnings

5 Things to Watch on Wall St. Next Week

Now more than ever, there's never a dull moment on Wall Street. Next week will bring plenty of critical headlines, from a panoply of retail earnings reports to Pandora's first results as a public company. Read on for a complete preview of the news to come.

Week in Preview: Retail Earnings in the Spotlight

Many of America's best-known retailers, including Walmart, Home Depot and JCPenney, will be stepping into the earnings spotlight this week. Their reports come on the heels of disappointing January retail sales numbers from the Commerce Department.

Retail Earnings: Can the Uptrend Continue?

After a holiday season that marked a return to some form of normalcy, merchants are bracing for a year of mild sales growth and more stable operations. Whether that momentum holds is an open question, given the state of the housing and job markets.

Week Ahead: Earnings from Dell, Smucker's and More

Dell will highlight a handful of tech company results this week. Also reporting earnings will be food giants Smucker and Campbell Soup, also Marriott and other members of the lodging and hospitality industry, and the first of a long string of results from retailers.

Staples Reports Third Quarter EPS of 40 Cents

Staples (SPLS) reported third quarter earnings of 40 cents per share, up from 37 cents a year ago. Sales rose slightly to $6.5 billion, Staples said in a statement. Sales at stores open at least one year fell 1%.

Macy's Earnings Swing to Profit, Top Analyst Expectations

Department store operator Macy's reported a third-quarter profit, with earnings topping Wall Street expectations due in part to a move toward tailored local offerings and the return of upscale customers to its Bloomingdale's stores. Macy's said it earned $10 million, compared to a loss of $35 million in the same period last year.

Week in Preview: Here Come Retail Earnings

The first of the major retailers will report quarterly earnings this week. Analysts expect to see strong results from Macy's and JCPenney, but flat earnings from Kohl's. Agilent Technologies is anticipated to be one of this week's biggest earnings gainers.

Hasbro Reports Third-Quarter Earnings of $1.09 Per Share

Hasbro Inc (HAS) reported third-quarter earnings of $1.09 per share, compared with 99 cents per share a year earlier. Net revenue rose 3% to $1.31 billion, the toymaker said in a statement. Absent the negative impact of foreign exchange movements, and revenue was up 4%.

Costco Earnings Rise on Overseas Strength

Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) reported earnings of 97 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Aug. 29, compared with 85 cents per diluted share a year earlier. Net sales rose to $23.59 billion, from $21.89 billion a year earlier, the company said in a statement. Comparable sales rose 6% from a year earlier, driven by strong international growth.

Costco Comparable Sales Rose 7% in August

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) reported a 7% increase in sales at stores open at least one year in August, boosted by higher gasoline prices and stronger foreign currencies. A survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters forecast an increase of 4.2%

Retail Earnings: Summer Slowdown Will Roll Into Fall

After a stronger-than-expected spring, the doldrums have hit summer harder than usual. Merchants' second-quarter reports were shot through with disappointment over the slow economic recovery and a sense that retailers will have to work hard to boost sales the rest of 2010.

Week in Preview: FOMC Meeting, Retail Earnings

At the upcoming Federal Open Markets Committee meeting, some quantitative easing may be on the table, given slowing economic. Plus, what to expect for the earnings of retailers like Nordstrom and Macy's.

Family Dollar Stores Quarterly Profit Jumps 19%

Discount retailer Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (FDO) said profit in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 rose 19% from a year earlier. Net income was $104.4 million, or 77 cents per diluted share, for the quarter. Sales for the quarter gained 8.4% to $1.997 billion, with comparable store sales rising 7%, the company said in a statement. The value of the average transaction at the company%u2019s stores was flat.