Inflation at the wholesale level jumped in April by 0.5% the largest increase in three months, fueled by rising food and energy prices. Energy prices rose 0.8% in April, while food costs were up 0.9%. Wholesale inflation is up 2.5% over the past 12 months, the largest 12-month gain in five years. (Labor Department)
Nordstrom saw profits jump 37% to $63 million, or 37 cents per share at its department stores in the first quarter. But same store sales declined 0.8% in the quarter. Sales results at Nordstrom Rack were up 2.3%. Nordstrom total revenue grew 3% to $3.35 billion. (AP)
It has not been pretty to watch, the slow death of a once great icon. J.C. Penney's net loss widened to $180 million, or 58 cents per share, in the first quarter, from $68 million, or 22 cents per share a year ago. This was due to weaker sales at brick-and-mortar locations. Earlier this year Penney's announced it would close 138 stores representing 13% of all their stores but generated less than 5% of annual sales. Shares of Penney's have fallen over 33% over the past year. (AP)
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With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.