Yet some are doing better than others.
Retailers reported same-store sales Thursday, and many showed growth that missed expectations and slowed from a year earlier.
Stocks pare earlier losses after new European easing measures and signs of improvement in the US labor market.
The warehouse retailer reports same-store sales, while the conglomerate is delaying plans to build a solar factory.
The department store chain could be suffering from the same worrying trend as JC Penney: shoppers downgrading to discount retailers.
The warehouse retailer may be taking advantage of Wal-Mart's troubles in Mexico.
The handset maker plans to cut 10,000 jobs, and the meat processor reports lower earnings.
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