Ross owns more than 1,500 stores in 37 states under the banners "Ross Dress For Less" and "dd's DISCOUNTS," and it's opening more than 80 stores annually at a time when department stores are losing sales and shutting down hundreds of stores. "Their customers are of an older demographic who have been loyal for years and will not be easily taken over by Amazon," said Eric Ervin, CEO of Reality Shares, an ETF issuer and research firm whose funds own holdings in Ross Stores.
When I retired, I had two years of expenses in an emergency fund (it is still there), zero credit-card debt and have lived very frugally on my small pension and Social Security Insurance since then. My FICO score is 780 and the notes on the credit-card report said high limits on multiple cards is a negative. This is not the time to worry about your credit score.
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Rite Aid Corp. (RAD) are still hoping to avoid another lengthy go-round with the Federal Trade Commission as they seek antitrust approval for the "Plan B" they unveiled after canceling their merger on June 29. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the pharmacy retail chains said they voluntarily pulled and refiled their antitrust notification with the FTC plans for Walgreens to buy 2,186 Rite Aid stores for $5.2 billion. Rite Aid shares dropped 1.98%, or 5 cents, to $2.23 and Walgreens fell 37 cents, or 0.46%, to $80.89. Refiling antitrust an application gives the commission an extra 30 days to review the transaction without issuing a more burdensome second request for information and is a common maneuver when merging parties that believe they can address a few competition concerns without undergoing lengthy negotiations before regulators.