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Consumers expected to spend $8.9 billion on Super Bowl festivities
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With the Super Bowl just days away, high-definition televisions are in big demand, according to a survey released by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association. Of the estimated 168 million people who will watch the championship game on Feb. 7, at least 3.6 million said they would take advantage of retailers' promotions and buy a new television. That's compared with the 2.6 million who said they would buy a new TV at this time last year. More

Wal-Mart outsources sampling, cuts 11,200 Sam's Club jobs
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Wal-Mart Stores said Sthat it is cutting about 11,200 jobs at its Sam's Club warehouse division as it outsources in-store product sampling to the marketing company Shopper Events.  The terminations represent about 10 percent of the warehouse club operator's 110,000 staffers across its 600 stores. About 10,000 members of the demonstration department, most part-time workers, were let go. The company also cut its new "business membership representative" positions, affecting about two staffers per store, or about 1,200 staffers in total.  More

Global Powers of Retailing Top 250
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Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, in conjunction with STORES Media, is pleased to present the 13th annual Global Powers of Retailing. This report identifies the 250 largest retailers around the world based on publicly available data for the companies' 2008 fiscal year (encompassing fiscal years ended through June 2009). The report also provides an outlook for the global economy, a discussion of the major challenges facing retailers and an analysis of market capitalization in the retail industry. More

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    Williams-Sonoma CEO exits on higher note
    The San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    At one point, in October 2008, things were so bad for Williams-Sonoma Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Lester that he had to sell off $13 million of his company's shares to cover a margin call. Things weren't much better for San Francisco's purveyor of cookware and home furnishings. With profits, sales and stock price in the toilet, the company was forced to sell off its company jet, Lester's chief mode of air transportation. More

    NRF: Retail sales will advance 2.5 percent in 2010
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    U.S. retail sales will rise 2.5 percent this year as the housing and job markets stabilize, the National Retail Federation predicted. Economic improvement, including stronger exports, will buoy consumer confidence and spending, the Washington trade group said today in a statement. Sales fell 2.5 percent in 2009. More

    Related story:  NRF ready to work with Obama on job creation (Business Wire)

    3M's Q4 results beat view; forecast raised
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    Diversified technology company 3M said its fourth-quarter profit surged 74 percent from last year, helped by higher revenue, prompting the company to raise its full-year forecast. The St. Paul, Minn.-based company reported fourth-quarter net income of $935 million, or $1.30 per share, compared with $536 million, or 77 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 11% from last year, to $6.1 billion. More

    Are convenient stores stealing fast-feeders' lunch?
    MediaPost Communications    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Convenience-store shoppers aren't just pressed for time, they're hungry. And a new analysis from NPD Group's Convenience Store Monitor says that in the third quarter of last year, more than half of those purchasing freshly prepared food at a convenience chose the store just for that food — up a point from the same measure a year ago. "The reality is that the convenience retail channel does continue to capture share from more traditional fast-food outlets," David Portalatin, an NPD analyst, tells Marketing Daily. More

    Study: Shopping habits are consistent across channels
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    Over the holidays, shoppers in search of deals didn't discriminate between channels, according to new research from display ad provider Eyeblaster. "For marketers, knowing that consumer habits online mirror the offline channel shows that the combination of display advertising and e-commerce resonates with the end user," said Gal Trifon, CEO and co-founder at Eyeblaster. More

    Kohl's Department Stores achieves 100 percent green power
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    Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Kohl's Department Stores announced that the company has purchased enough green power to meet 100 percent of its purchased electricity use, with an annual green power purchase of nearly 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours. With this latest purchase of renewable energy, Kohl's increased its ranking to No. 2 overall on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's listings of top green power purchasers. Kohl's retains its top ranking among retailers. More

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    Retailers try new survival strategies for 2010
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    The recession pushed shoppers to pick necessities over discretionary items, discounts over luxury. But retailers hope to shift such behavioral changes further in coming months, affecting what consumers will buy, pay and experience at stores. "Retailers are following through on their strategy to get their houses in order during the recession so they are positioned to be strong players as the recession ends," says Dan Butler, vice president of retail operations for the National Retail Federation. More

    Costco honored for sustainability efforts
    Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article, an organization which manages sustainability practices within the food and grocery retail sector, has named Costco as the 2009 Sustainable Grocer of the Year. Costco received the award for its sustainable efforts including energy reduction, offering a wide selection of organic food and its recycling programs. More
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