August 2022

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Retailers lower outlooks with discretionary spending under pressure

Discretionary apparel retailers proffered less-than-sunny earnings vistas this week, with Macy’s, Nordstrom, T.J. Maxx parent TJX, Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch all lowering their outlooks. Gap completely withdrew its second-half forecast on falling sales, while Urban Outfitters missed estimates.Why it matters: After a resurgence in 2021 — when the apparel industry saw one of…

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Zoom is struggling to convince consumers to pay, and the stock is sliding

Zoom Video Communications Inc. is struggling to convince people to pay for its videoconferencing service in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to a trimmed forecast and falling stock price Monday. Zoom ZM, -0.97% executives reduced their earnings and revenue guidance for the fiscal year Monday afternoon, and Zoom Chief Financial Officer Kelly…

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Target profit crumbles as inflation-weary consumers shun discretionary spending

Target Corp (TGT.N) reported a bigger-than-expected 90% fall in quarterly earnings on Wednesday and missed estimates for comparable sales as it struggled to lure inflation-hit shoppers with steep discounts on apparel, electronics and home goods. A host of U.S. retailers have issued profit warnings in recent weeks as consumers squeezed by higher prices for everything…

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