Fitch Rates Austin, Texas’ 2014 Pibs, Cos, & Ppfcos ‘aaa’; Outlook Stable – Yahoo Finance

What to watch for in Lowe’s earnings – Yahoo News

Continued progress in improving pension funding levels and addressing the sustainability of OPEB obligations will be important credit considerations looking forward. CREDIT PROFILE HEALTHY AND EXPANDING ECONOMY The Austin area is among the top performing U.S. metro area economies. The city is the state capital and home to the University of Texas at Austin (University of Texas System; rated ‘AAA’ by Fitch), as well as six other colleges and universities. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/fitch-rates-austin-texas-2014-205600605.html

Last quarter, both Lowes and Home Depot ( HD ) attributed slower sales to harsh winter weather. The two are also tied closely to housing market swings, and so analysts will be listening carefully to see whether Lowes remains bullish for the second half of this year. The company in May raised its full-year earnings forecast to $2.63 a share from $2.60 previously, citing a lowered tax rate. The consensus is calling for fiscal 2015 earnings of $2.62, according to FactSet. A slew of reports on the housing market are on tap for this week, including the National Association of Realtors existing home sales report for July, due on Thursday. http://news.yahoo.com/watch-lowe-earnings-153155745.html

Mobile Sales – Mobile sales soar, apps and responsive design surge – Internet Retailer

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They use their phone. And we think with clever use of functions and design, it is possible to give mobile customers 100%. Web and mobile measurement firm comScore says 29% of Amazon.com shoppers shop the e-retailer only on mobile devices, never accessing the retailer on a desktop or laptop PC. And the number of mobile-only shoppers is on the rise. Two years ago, we all envisioned a multi-device world where people would discover on the smartphone, browse on the tablet and land back on the desktop to buy, says Scot Wingo, CEO of ChannelAdvisor Corp., which facilitates retailer sales through Amazon.com and other web marketplaces. http://www.internetretailer.com/2014/08/18/mobile-sales-soar-apps-and-responsive-design-surge

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