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Follow the Female Leaders to Faster Portfolio Growth

Executives ask themselves daily: "What can I do to give my company an edge?" Studies show that the answer may be as simple as hiring more women for executive and board of director roles. So you just might want to invest in these six companies that have done just that.

Why J.C. Penney Will Never Be Great Again

J.C. Penney's new CEO plans to remake the tired old department store chain a la the Apple Store and Target, and his fresh ideas are earning him applause. But as investors and industry watchers cheer Ron Johnson's turnaround concepts, they're ignoring some big potholes on the road ahead.

Will the Layaway Revival Come Back to Bite Retailers?

Layaway became obsolete in the bubble years, an anachronism from bygone times when many consumers couldn't access credit. In today's rough economy, layaway is making a comeback for the holidays. But for investors who hold certain retail stocks, this may mean lumps of coal in their portfolios.

Could Layaway Be Right For You?

This holiday season, layaway is making a comeback at several large retailers. Layaway is the process of buying an item which you leave at the store and pay for over time, often with a one-time service charge but no credit check. It's not a perfect system, but here's why it beats those "no interest/no payments for X months" deals hands-down.

5 Things to Watch Next Week on Wall St.

Next week brings more earnings reports from big-name companies, including several home improvement giants, a couple of "good enough" computer makers, penny-pinching discount masters, and office supplier Staples -- whose results might stand as an indication of the broader economy's health.

Why Teeny Bikinis Have Such Big Price Tags

Summer is here, which means for many of us, it's time for a new swimsuit. But as they hunt for a suit that truly suits, many women have to wonder: How is it that two-pieces can be so expensive when they're so tiny? DailyFinance columnist Loren Berlin dove into the clothing biz and came up with the answers.

Four Dividend Stocks Showing You the Money

Retailer T.J. Maxx isn't only for bargain shoppers. Dividend seekers will be happy to know that its parent company TJX is boosting its quarterly payout by a whopping 27%. It's not alone. Here are a few other dividend stocks you may want to own.

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.

TJX to Cut 4,400 Jobs, Eliminate A.J. Wright Brand

The TJX Companies announced Friday that it was shutting down its A.J. Wright brand, converting 91 of its 162 stores to those of its other brands -- T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods -- and closing the rest. The move will eliminate 4,400 jobs, about half of them part-time positions.

TJX Companies Reports Third Quarter EPS of 92 Cents

The TJX Companies (TJX) reported earnings of 92 cents per share for the quarter ended Oct. 30, up from 81 cents per share a year earlier. Net sales rose 5% to $5.5. billion, the discount retailer said in a statement. Sales at stores open at least one year rose 1%.

Retail Sales Strong, but Shoppers Wary

September retail sales were stronger than expected, raising hopes for the holiday season. But even with the surprising numbers, most merchants still treading carefully around still-skittish consumers.

Retail Sales Suffer in the Intense July Heat

The weather was hot in July, but consumers went cold, leading to disappointing retail sales that came in below or at the low end of most forecasts. The high temperatures across the U.S. may have been one culprit, helping boost sales of marked-down summer clearance items.

Retailers Aren't Giving Investors Reasons to Buy

Industry sales in June were just slightly below estimates. But the variations among specific retailers were fairly broad, and few companies are offering better guidance for the second quarter, leaving investors little to get excited about.

Healthier Retail Sales, but Will It Last?

Many retailers have raised guidance for their upcoming first-quarter earnings reports and saw modest gains in April sales. But stores warn that May could be a weak month due to a late Memorial Day this year. And concerns remain over the health of consumer demand.

March Retail Sales Surge As Shoppers Splurge

Sales of cars and gas helped push up March's retail sales figures, but there are also clear signs that shoppers have begun to spring for nonessentials such as clothes and housewares. The Commerce Department's retail and food services sales tally for March rose to $363.2 billion, up 7.6% from a year earlier.