Kohl’s slashes full-year outlook as revenue, operating profits drop

Following troubling financial results from other big-box retailers this week, Kohl’s reported declining revenue and operating profit in the first quarter. The company’s results come on the heels of Walmart and Target, who’ve also taken a hit from economic headwinds like inflation, fuel costs and supply chain expenses. Kohl’s is also receiving pressure from activist investors and several takeover offers.

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    Etsy's pandemic-induced sales bump appears to be coming to an end. The company’s net income came in at $86.1 million, down 40.1% compared to a year ago. Furthermore, Etsy sales increased by a lesser-than-expected rate, jumping about 5.2% from year-over-year. This marked the first time the company grew by just a single-digit rate during the pandemic. The slowing demand for Etsy’s marketplace goods is the latest example of e-commerce’s deceleration, especially as more people return to stores.

  • MAY 04, 2022

    CVS looks to other health care offerings as interest in Covid-related services declines

    Covid vaccinations at CVS have sharply dropped to over 8 million in the first quarter from 20 million shots last quarter. Similarly, the number of Covid tests it administered dropped to 6 million from 8 million in the fourth quarter. Moving forward, CVS’s growth could depend on its other healthcare initiatives to boost foot traffic.

  • MAY 02, 2022

    Citing inflation, CPG conglomerates are raising prices and reporting record profits

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  • APR 29, 2022

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  • APR 21, 2022

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