$ARO (Aéropostale, Inc.)

$ARO {{ '2016-05-04T14:31:59+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ARO, which filed for bankruptcy protection, said it plans to close 113 stores U.S. locations, as well as all 41 stores in Canada. Store closing sales are scheduled to begin in the United States during the weekend of May 7-8, 2016, and in Canada during the week of May 9, 2016.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-21T14:22:52+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$MSFT said the large markets like the US, Germany and Japan performed better than its expectations in 4Q17. To compete with its competitors $GOOGL and $AMZN, Microsoft invested about $3.3Bil in CapEx, which includes the capital leases. This was up sequentially partly due to the deferral of planned datacenter spending from 3Q17 to 4Q17.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T19:32:05+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In the US segment, $GWW said it expects volume growth of 6-8% in the back half of the year, based on price changes. The company, meanwhile, did not give a month-wise update on volume growth.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T18:59:11+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$GWW said its mid-size customer volume continued to accelerate throughout 2Q17 and was positive for the first time in five years during the quarter. The company added that currently, about 50% of the mid-size customer volume is on more competitive pricing.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T14:00:08+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$GWW W.W. Grainger, Inc. Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q2 2017 Highlights

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:44:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW's sales for the US segment were up 1% YoY in 2Q17, driven by a 5 percentage point increase from volume. Canada segment sales fell 3% in US dollars, while sales for the Other Businesses increased 11% during this period.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:41:24+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In the US segment, $GWW's gains from the sale of assets in 2Q17 were offset by restructuring costs. The Canadian business announced plans to close 59 branches in 2017 as part of restructuring. $GWW also announced the wind-down of its business in Colombia. Restructuring items represented $1.07 per share in charges.  Excluding them, EPS decreased 5%.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:37:57+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW CFO Ron Jadin announced that he will be retiring at 2017-end. Jadin joined Grainger in 1998 and has served in various financial roles including as CFO since 2008.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:34:09+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Despite a drastic fall in earnings in 2Q17, $GWW reiterated its 2017 sales and EPS guidance of sales growth of 1-4% and adjusted EPS of $10-11.30. CEO DG Macpherson said, "Outside the US, we took aggressive action to streamline our portfolio and focus on profitable businesses. Based on what we are seeing, we are reiterating our 2017 guidance."

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:26:52+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Industrial supplies company $GWW saw 43% fall in net earnings in 2Q17, even as sales increased 2% to $2.61Bil. The sales growth during the quarter was spurred by its continued volume growth from the pricing initiatives in the US. Net earnings were $98MM, or $1.67 per share, compared to $173MM, or $2.79 per share in the year-over period.

$GS {{ '2017-07-19T11:22:37+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$GS advised a number of important transactions that were announced during 2Q17, including $BCR's $24Bil sale to $BDX. $AMZN's $13.7Bil acquisition of $WFM, and $DFT's $7.6Bil merger with $DLR.

$BAX {{ '2017-07-17T20:58:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$BAX appointed Cathy Smith, EVP and CFO of $TGT, to its BoD, bringing the total number of directors serving the company at this time to 13. Smith now also serves on $BAX's Audit Committee.

$CAR {{ '2017-07-17T13:54:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Car Rental operator $CAR said it has integrated $AMZN’s voice platform Alexa to allow travelers to book and manage car rental reservations with ease.  Avis is the first car rental company to offer the service.

$JWN {{ '2017-07-12T15:18:15+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$JWN announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at The Promenade at Town Center in Santa Clarita, California. The approximately 30,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in spring 2018. The new Nordstrom Rack store will join more than seven existing retailers in the area.

$KIM {{ '2017-07-12T15:14:26+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$KIM has signed a lease with $TGT for a 48,000-square-foot, small-format store at Westmont Plaza in Haddon Township, New Jersey, set to open in July 2018. The addition of Target is the first step in a larger repositioning of the 173,000-square-foot, open-air center. The store will also offer a CVS Pharmacy and Target’s Order Pickup service.

$AMZN {{ '2017-07-12T13:51:52+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN said on Prime Day 2017, held on July 11, sales surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Prime Day 2017 event grew by more than 60% compared to 2016, and sales growth by small businesses and entrepreneurs was even higher. Purchases made on Prime Day 2017 were more than 50% higher than the prior year.

$AMZN {{ '2017-07-10T11:06:10+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN plans to open a new fulfillment center in Orlando, Fla. When the site opens in 2018, $AMZN will create 1,500 new full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.

$CATO {{ '2017-07-06T13:30:01+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CATO reported net sales of $74.7MM in the five weeks ended July 1, 2017, down 15% compared to the same period last year. Same-store sales for the five-week period decreased 16% YoY. In the 22 weeks ended July 1, 2017, sales decreased by 16%.

$AMZN {{ '2017-07-05T13:32:43+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN will create 1,500 full-time hourly associate roles at its first Utah fulfillment center in Salt Lake City. Employees at the 855,000-plus square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

$JWN {{ '2017-06-30T15:02:27+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$JWN plans to close its Dulles Town Center full-line store in Dulles, Va., a suburb of Washington D.C. Originally opened in September 2002, the store will serve customers through Sept. 8, 2017. The store closure will impact about 150 non-seasonal employees.

$NKE {{ '2017-06-30T12:06:36+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$NKE said that on the $AMZN partnership, it's a small pilot currently and not much can be spoken about the future plans. The company will continue to work with the retailer and if it sees success then it will work on to build the plan to scale it.

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