The continually shrinking number of retailers reporting monthly comparable-store sales emitted some signs of economic vitality in May.
Stores benefited from the arrival of more seasonal temperatures in much of the U.S. and a generally positive, although far from bullish, selling environment. The majority of companies performed better than the expectations rounded up by Thomson Reuters, which anticipated a median performance of a 3.7 percent increase.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"