By  on May 16, 2018

Shortly after Macy’s Inc. kicks off first-quarter retail earnings season with its latest financial results today, chief executive officer Jeff Gennette will submit himself for his quarterly conference call grilling by Wall Street analysts.

The questions are usually staid and often numbers-driven. This time through, the backdrop is mixed: The Census Bureau said Tuesday that fiscal first-quarter department store sales fell 1.1 percent year-over-year, while apparel and accessories specialty stores logged a 4.1 percent gain.

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