The Dow falls nearly 4.5% for the month as stocks suffer modest losses. September, historically a tough month, looms. Markets are closed Monday for Labor Day.
Americans just don't seem to want to spend money on discretionary items right now -- and there's no reason for this trend to reverse itself.
Large rivals loom, and they are taking aim at the company's business model.
The company used to be the clear choice for Americans looking for washing machines and refrigerators. Now it's losing market share to Home Depot, Lowe's and others.
Slow spending has hardly slowed down these funds.
The company joins other retailers, who are also announcing disappointing Q2 earnings results.
Consumers are such a mixed bag that the Fed may have to put off tapering.
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