Wall Street falls as retailers stoke inflation fears

Wall Street got another batch of strong earnings from big retailers Wednesday, but unlike Tuesday, the markets went south on inflation fears and supply chain concerns. Investors worried that further increases in prices could hurt economic growth and push the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than expected.

The Dow retreated more than 200 points. The S&P 500 fell a quarter percent, and the Nasdaq lost a third of a percent.

Dragging on the Dow: Visa. Amazon said it would stop accepting Visa credit cards that are issued in the UK, citing high transactions fees.

Early holiday shopping by Americans significantly boosted quarterly sales at Target, pushing the retailer to raise its annual forecasts. But shares fell because the supply chain issues that dogged rival Walmart also hurt Target and dented its margins.

Lowe’s shares went the other way. Higher demand from builders and contractors led the home improvement chain to hike its full-year outlook for sales.

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