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Stores bag best sales in almost two years
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After a very long and painful wait for retailers, shoppers finally came through in the last month of the year to lift crucial holiday store sales. But monthly sales numbers from leading store chains also showed that U.S. consumers clearly shopped on their own terms, waiting much later in the season to bag the deepest discounts in stores. More
Related story:  December retail sales show signs of life

PRSM Association hires Director of Vendor Relations
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Jeffrey Bond has joined PRSM Association as the new Director of Vendor Relations. He has responsibility for enhancing relationships with PRSM's vendor members, enabling vendors to realize 365 days of opportunities available with PRSM via exhibits, sponsorships, membership, programs and non-dues revenue opportunities for PRSM. More

Kohl's sales climb in December
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Kohl's Corp. raised its fourth-quarter profit guidance after December sales climbed at a faster-than-expected pace as shoppers gravitated toward its discount prices during the holidays. For the five weeks that ended Jan. 2, Kohl's said its sales in stores open at least a year rose 4.7 percent with sales higher across all regions and categories, especially in shoes and accessories. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected the sales to rise just 3.6 percent. More

Weathering the Holiday Shopping Season – Webinar Series Event
On a day-to-day basis, weather is the most volatile external factor influencing consumer and market behavior. And, because weather is constantly changing, businesses must deal with a continuously shifting array of opportunities and risks. The impact on revenues, costs and your brand image is substantial. Planalytics Chief Meteorologist, Jeff Doran, and USM Certified Snow Professional, Sean Hartnett, will discuss the outlook for the holiday season and how weather-driven demand intelligence in conjunction with best practices in snow & ice removal can be incorporated into planning, distribution, marketing, pricing and the decision making processes. Receive a complimentary download. more

After tepid year, online retailers feel optimistic about 2010
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Online retailers are back in the game, with holiday sales coming in just short of 2007 levels. Given gloomy forecasts for the sector, positive growth in the most important two months of the year provided a much-needed boost following a tepid year. ComScore today reported that e-commerce sales for the November and December period rose 4 percent to $29.1 billion, compared with $28 billion a year ago and $29.2 billion in 2007. More

Macy's to close five stores across U.S.
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Macy's Inc. said it will close five underperforming department stores in early 2010, but the closures, which will eliminate about 300 jobs, will not affect any of the chain's five Wisconsin locations.  The stores are located in: Boise, Idaho; Waterford, Mich.; St. Ann, Mo.; Missoula, Mont.; and Burlington, N.J., according to a news release. Macy's said it will begin final clearance sales at the stores on Jan. 10, which will run for about 60 days. More

Firestone store in Tennessee gets LEED gold status
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The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program has given its gold certification to Bridgestone Retail Operations L.L.C.'s Firestone Complete Auto Care store in Smyrna, Tenn. The store opened in June with several earth-friendly features, including the use of low-VOC (volatile organic chemicals) paints, stains, carpets and sealants to improve indoor air quality; ultra low-flow fixtures to reduce water consumption by 30 percent; solar panels that generate 12.5 percent of the building's electricity; a reflective metal roof that lowers heating and cooling costs; sidewalks made with recycled rubber from tires; and landscaping that uses recycled rubber tire mulch and native and drought tolerant plant species to eliminate the need for a sprinkler system. More

Retailers tap into software to know their customers
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Most people think of the grand challenges in computing Relevant Products/Services as big science projects. But with the holiday shopping season just ended, retail marketing is emerging as a real-world incubator for testing how computer firepower and smart software can be applied to human behavior. Major retailers have long sifted through in-store sales Relevant Products/Services and demographic information to aim goods at different stores and to tightly manage supplies. What is changing, experts say, is the rapid surge in the amount and types of digital data that retailers can now tap, and the improved computing tools to try to make sense of it. More

Closing the book on B. Dalton
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B. Dalton Bookseller is about to turn its last page, nearly 44 years after throwing open the doors to its first store at Southdale Center in Edina. With just 50 stores in the once-mighty chain still open, parent company Barnes & Noble Inc. will shut down all remaining stores by month's end. Minnesota's last two locations, in Edina and Bemidji, will close Jan. 16. More

Gymboree raises its fiscal 4Q profit outlook
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Gymboree Corp. boosted its fiscal fourth-quarter profit forecast, mostly on better-than-expected gross margins, as it improved inventory management and better managed markdowns. The children's apparel retailer now expects earnings in a range of $1.03 to $1.06 per share for the period ending Jan. 30. Its previous guidance was for a profit between 95 cents and $1.03 per share. More

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20 ideas worth stealing
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Creativity is a hallmark of the retail industry, and retailers have continued to demonstrate just how inventive, resourceful and imaginative they are over the last 18 months – no small feat given the financial challenges experienced by businesses and consumers alike. Retailers have come up with clever ways to connect with customers. They've created programs and events that attract crowds and leave memorable impressions.  More

Retail space opens up as big chains shrink
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Surges of large-scale retail bankruptcies such as Circuit City electronics and Mervyns department stores altered the shopping landscape in 2009 — and experts say 2010 is likely to bring even more changes. Amid a still-tepid economic recovery, big retail chains are expected to continue closing their less productive stores and retrenching on expansion plans. But at the same time, others will be hurtling into the breach to take advantage of falling rents and vacancies in neighborhoods they couldn't get into a few years ago. More
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