The story of the retail industry has increasingly become about winners and losers. Walmart? By and large, they’ve been a winner. Others haven’t been so lucky.
The company said sales at stores open at least a year grew an anemic 0.4% during its most recent quarter, my CNN Business colleague Nathaniel Meyersohn reports. Profit fell 24% compared to one year ago, and the retailer slashed its outlook heading into the all-important holiday shopping season.
The rub: That’s despite makeover efforts by CEO Michelle Gass, who has shrunk the size of some stores and rented out extra space to companies like Aldi and Planet Fitness, while partnering with Amazon to offer free returns for customers at its locations.
Kohl’s shares fell nearly 20% on Tuesday, and are poised to shed another 1% on Wednesday.
Remember, investors are worried that weakness in US manufacturing could start to bleed over into other parts of the economy. The US shopper has been a bright spot — and needs to stay that way.
The economic impact of climate change is adding up
Climate change is going to hit the global economy in the coming decades — and the United States isn’t insulated from the damage.
That’s according to a new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit. The group found that by 2050, the US economy will be 1.1% smaller than it would have been without climate change, my CNN Business colleague Anneken Tappe reports. The same goes for North America.
Western Europe’s GDP loss comes in at 1.7% by 2050. The least resilient region identified is Africa, which is expected to take a 4.7% hit. That’s followed by Latin America, with a projected 3.8% impact.
A key factor here, Anneken points out, is wealth, which allows local governments to pump money into programs that can shield populations from the effects of climate change including wildfires and droughts.
Big picture: The global economy is due to be 3% smaller by 2050 because of the climate crisis.
“It’s important to remember that a 3% loss of real GDP in 2050 is highly significant for the global economy, and that there will be economic losses in every year of the coming three decades,” said John Ferguson, the EIU’s country analysis director.
Watch this space: Investors are increasingly paying attention. A recent note to clients from UBS Global Wealth Management made note of the flooding in Venice, which the bank said bolstered the case for looking at investments in clean air technology and renewables as governments face more pressure to act.
Europe’s investment banking turmoil takes a toll
“Samir Assaf, head of global banking and markets, is expected to be moved to a non-executive role at the division as part of a series of changes to the group’s management team as interim chief executive Noel Quinn makes his mark on the bank, according to people briefed on the matter,” the FT writes.
- US Energy Information Administration to release a report on crude oil inventories at 10:30 a.m. ET.
- Minutes from the Fed’s October meeting will post at 2 p.m. ET.