By and  on May 15, 2014

Shareholders rejoiced and pushed J.C. Penney Co. Inc.'s stock up 18.9percent to $9.95 in afterhours trading today after the company's losseswidened, but not as much as feared, and the retailer reported a solidincrease in comparable-store sales.

Nordstrom Inc., which is trying to sell its credit card business,as well as Dillard's Inc. reported weaker bottom lines for what hasbeen a tough quarter.

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