Stocks fell sharply in the US on Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 251 points–or 1.4%–to close at 17,477. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 29 points–1.4% – to 2,049. And the Nasdaq declined 85 points–or 1.7%–to 5,037.
Despite the overall decline, it was a mixed bag for retailers, with discount retailer Dollar Corp., supermarket operator Kroger, and purveyor of bulk everything Costco all up $1.80 or more. Meanwhile, American Eagle Outfitters, PVH Corp.–which owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, and Sears were all down. The biggest drop belonged to PVH Corp., which saw stocks drop $10.36. (Read more stock market stories.)