Who Wants to Buy J.C. Penney? No One

J.C. Penney Co. Inc.'s (NYSE: JCP) board has a problem. If it wants to sell the company, in lieu of kicking out Ron Johnson as CEO, as the Wall...

Retail Sales on Track for Lower Growth

After three consecutive years of 4%+ same-store sales growth in the month of February, the outlook for the month in 2013 calls for growth of 2.7%,...

Sears Shares Rise on Solid Results

Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) reported fourth-quarter and fiscal year 2012 results before markets opened this morning. The department store...

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.

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.

The Market's Next Likely Catalyst: Holiday Sales

Beyond the next series of economic indicators, what really matters now is a strong holiday selling season. If it materializes, that could pole-vault the market to new highs, making 12,000 on the Dow by year-end well within reach.