It is unclear whether these stores will soon issue the same kind of earnings warnings as J. C. Penney. But none are expected to produce stellar earnings this quarter.
Asked if J. C. Penney was serving as an alarm bell for the retail industry, Ms. Shapira said it seemed a little late for that.
“The alarm bell has been deafening for months now,” she said.
James C. Mulvenon, a specialist on the Chinese military at the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, a government contractor in Washington that performs classified analyses on overseas military programs, said the earthquake showed the army’s best and worst sides. It mobilized quickly, but the troops were unprepared to save lives in the first 72 hours, when thousands were buried under toppled masonry and every minute mattered.
“You basically had a bunch of guys humping through the mountains on foot and digging out people with their hands,” Mr. Mulvenon said. “It was not a stellar example of a modern military.”
verb [T usually + adverb or preposition] INFORMAL
to carry or lift something heavy with difficulty:
My back really aches after humping those heavy boxes around all day.
1 of a star or stars:
a stellar explosion
2 INFORMAL describes people or their activities that are of an extremely high standard:
a stellar performance/player/team
1 unable to hear, either completely or partly:
He's been totally/partially deaf since birth.
2 DISAPPROVING unwilling to listen:
The local council has remained deaf to all the objections to its proposals.
the deaf plural noun
people who are unable to hear:
Many of the TV programmes are broadcast with subtitles for the deaf.
If a very loud noise deafens you, it makes you deaf, or makes you temporarily unable to hear the other sounds near you:
The explosion permanently deafened her in her right ear.
The music was deafening.