Shoppers stop to view Macy's holiday window display in Manhattan. Photo: Victor J. Blue / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Macy's holiday sales were 1% better in 2017 than in 2016, but the retail giant still expects a 3.6–3.9% drop in revenue for fiscal year 2017, CNBC reports. Macy's also plans to close 11 store locations and cut 5,000 jobs early this year — moves that will save the company $300 million in annual expenses — in an effort to focus on growing its online presence. The company's shares were down 4% on the news as of mid-day Thursday.

The big picture: Macy's is part of a widespread implosion of Big Retail.

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America on edge as unrest rises

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Rarely have national security officials, governors, tech CEOs and activists agreed as broadly and fervently as they do about the possibility of historic civil unrest in America.

Why it matters: The ingredients are clear for all to see — epic fights over racism, abortion, elections, the virus and policing, stirred by misinformation and calls to action on social media, at a time of stress over the pandemic.

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The long-term pain of the mental health pandemic

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A less visible but still massive trauma caused by the coronavirus is becoming clear: our mental health is suffering with potentially long-lasting consequences.

Why it matters: Mental health disorders that range from schizophrenia to depression and anxiety exert a severe cost on personal health and the economy. Addressing that challenge may require out-of-the-box solutions.

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Preview: "Axios on HBO" interviews Bob Woodward

On the next episode of "Axios on HBO," journalist Bob Woodward tells Axios National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan why he spoke out about President Trump being the "wrong man for the job."

  • "I did not want to join the ranks of the Senate Republicans who know that Trump is the wrong man for the job, but won't say it publicly," Woodward said.

Catch the full interview on Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on all HBO platforms.