retail stores

Market Minute: Google Retail Stores, New Microsoft Outlook Email Service

Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S. The barrage begins Tuesday when Microsoft's twist on email, Outlook.com, escalates an assault on rival services from Google, Yahoo, AOL and others.

Walmart Shares Down as International Growth Slows

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's full-year profit may miss analysts' expectations as growth slows in its international markets, pressuring the company even as its U.S. discount stores continue to prosper.

Buy hhgregg, Sell Best Buy

Every portfolio can use a little refreshing. Why not consider hhgregg, the consumer electronics and appliance retailer that's growing fast at the same time that Best Buy is suffering, battered by the internet?

Bargain Hunters Marked Down December's Retail Sales

Many shoppers who took advantage of the early holiday sales in November held back and forced retailers to cut prices as Christmas neared. Despite increases in luxury spending, the results show that mainstream consumers remain bargain shoppers.

Up or Down: 5 Retailing Leaders -- and 5 Laggards

Some merchants adjusted quickly to the "new normal" of penny-pinching shoppers, but others are still struggling with shrinking consumer budgets or headwinds they were fighting before the bottom fell out. Here's a look at the two groups that are going in two different directions.

Retail Sales Need a
Back-to-School Cram Session

For retailers, this year's back-to-school shopping season is scraping by with a B-minus at midterm. But with some big weeks still to come, there's hope that this year's results will be positive.

Retail Stocks Could Be Getting
a Markdown

Merchants are expected to report lukewarm May sales. Chilly weather early and a late Memorial Day will make the month's sales an erratic gauge of retail's recovery -- and leave an opening for bargain-hunting investors.