Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co's quarterly sales fell less than expected for the first time in six quarters as efforts to revitalize its women's clothing business began to pay off, sending the company's shares up as much as 7.5 percent.
Sears Holdings Corp posted a bigger loss for the first quarter as the struggling retailer failed to arrest a fall in sales despite offering heavy discounts to woo shoppers.
Lowe's Cos Inc , the world's No.2 home improvement chain, said sales picked up in May, after a severe winter in the United States hurt its quarterly results.
Home Depot Inc , the world's largest home improvement chain, said its sales were "robust" in May and that it expected to realize in the current quarter most of the sales lost in the first quarter due to a severe winter in the United States.
Department store operator Macy's Inc stuck to its full-year profit forecast as business picked up after a severe winter in the United States that hurt first-quarter sales.
Office Depot Inc said it would close at least 400 stores in the United States over two years as it looks to consolidate operations after acquiring OfficeMax, and the company raised its forecast for full-year adjusted operating income.
Prestige Brands Holdings Inc , a marketer and distributor of healthcare and cleaning products, said it would buy Insight Pharmaceuticals Corp and seek further acquisitions to expand its range of feminine care products.
Athletic gear maker Under Armour Inc warned that growth in 2014 might not be as strong as last year when the company benefited from the relaunch of its bags business and robust winter sales.
U.S. packaged foods group General Mills Inc estimated third-quarter earnings below analysts' expectations as it faces increased competition from store brands and spends more on marketing its yogurts.
Close-out retailer Big Lots Inc said same-store sales would stop falling in the current fiscal year as its investments to boost sales start paying off.