same-store sales

Are There Any Bargain Stocks in Teen Retail?

Despite the dismal economy, some investors have been snapping up teen retail stocks, driving their prices higher. But the combination of high fashion and high prices doesn't necessarily earn a company a premium price tag, or a place in a well-managed portfolio. Keep these metrics in mind to separate the bargains from the poseurs.

Walmart Pushes 'Free' to Lure Customers Back

It may be the world's largest retailer, but Walmart really needs to juice up its U.S. sales, which have been a glaring weakness in its quarterly result. Its solution for drawing customers back to its stores: More coupons, more promotions and and more free samples.

GS Deal Exposed; BofA Deal Nixed

Two surprises in the finance biz: A small group of bond investors has thrown a wrench into Bank of America's massive mortgage securities settlement, while the Fed revealed a secret $15 billion loan it made to Goldman Sachs in 2008. But in retail, there are no bad surprises on same-store sales so far.

Wendy's/Arby's Group Considers Spinning Off Arby's

Wendy's/Arby's Group, the third-largest U.S. fast food company, said Thursday it is considering selling the Arby's chain to focus on the Wendy's brand. Arby's is the second-largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S., but its performance lagged behind Wendy's during the downturn.

McDonald's Global Comparable Sales Rise 4.8%

McDonald's (MCD), the world's largest fast food chain reported that same-store sales growth rose 4.8% in May. Europe led the charge, up 5.7%, compared to a 3.4% growth rate in the U.S. and a 3.8% boost in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa.