* Limited Brands, operator of the Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works chains, is set to post a third-quarter loss, having struggled with sales of what are seen as non-necessities.
* BJ’s Wholesale Club is forecast to report lower profit as it contends with falling food prices and lackluster demand for its general merchandise.
Home Depot reports quarterly earnings. The top home improvement chain has been banking on a slow-but-steady growth strategy and cost cuts to fight lackluster demand for big-ticket remodeling projects.
* Brian Moynihan, on the short-list of CEO candidates at Bank of America, is expected to testify at a House Oversight Committee hearing.
* Barack Obama makes his first trip to Asia as president, leaving behind a host of domestic problems on a visit that recognizes the region’s economic and diplomatic importance to the United States.
* Wal-Mart is expected to report higher third-quarter earnings, but Wall Street is focused on U.S. sales, which the retailer has stopped reporting on a monthly basis.
At the Reuters Health Summit expect exclusive interviews with Merck CEO Richard Clark, AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan and Tenet CEO Trevor Fetter.
* Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner begins a two-day official visit to Japan ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation finance ministers’ meeting in Singapore on Thursday.
By Evelyn Selig
I was 10 years old and living with my parents in East Berlin, when on the morning of August 13, 1961 we received news that the border between East and West Berlin was closed. At that time my father was working in West Berlin, in the French Section. (The Berlin we were living in after the war was actually divided into 4 sections – the American, French and British in the West and the Russian Section in the East).
Our lives were changed completely on that day. My father wasn’t able to go to work anymore. We couldn’t travel to West Berlin anymore to visit relatives, go to the movie theatres or go shopping. We felt like prisoners.
* Three days after unveiling its $26 billion buyout of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway reports results.
*Chain stores ranging from J.C. Penney to Target to Gap report their October monthly sales results.