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Retailers report gains for February
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Many retailers reported solid sales gains for February, even in the face of falling consumer confidence and heavy snowstorms that hammered much of the country. Macy's Inc., Limited Brands Inc. and The Wet Seal Inc. all posted results that beat Wall Street analysts' estimates. The upbeat news also helped sooth fears among some economists that weak consumer spending might make the economic recovery short-lived.… The overall 3.7 percent gain in February, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers's index of 31 merchants, came in the face of a decline in consumer confidence, high joblessness and tight credit. More

Kohl's opening nine new stores in March
The Business Journal of Milwaukee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kohl's Department Stores said that this month it will open nine of the 30 new stores the Menomonee Falls-based department store chain plans to add this year. The nine new locations, which will have about 1,500 employees, will bring the chain's total number of stores to 1,067 in 49 states by the end of March. The nine locations are opening in Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania. More

Johnson Controls acquires Georgia lighting company
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Johnson Controls Inc. said it has acquired National Energy Services of Roswell, Ga., a company that specializes in lighting upgrades to reduce energy costs for manufacturers and corporations. The announcement came less than a month after Johnson Controls signaled to investors that it expects to make its Milwaukee-based building efficiency business a focus of its acquisition activity. More

JC Penney to focus on exclusives, sees malls return
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Department stores must keep ramping up exclusive lines of clothing and accessories if they are to win market share from rivals and thrive in the still sluggish U.S. consumer spending environment, JC Penney Co. Chief Executive Myron Ullman said. The need to avoid what industry analysts have derided as "the sea of sameness" of department stores' product assortments and layout has prompted leading retailers to beef up their big-name exclusives in recent years to win shoppers. More

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    Mall operator given extra time to reorganize
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A federal judge on granted General Growth Properties four more months of exclusivity to file its bankruptcy reorganization plan, giving the company, a mall operator, some breathing room as it fends off an unsolicited $10 billion takeover bid from the Simon Property Group. The four months is less than General Growth had requested, but still gives the company more time to prepare a complicated recapitalization proposal in which it is working with Brookfield Asset Management. More

    Safeway first grocer to be founding member of The Sustainability Consortium
    Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Safeway, Inc. became the first U.S.-based retail grocery chain and manufacturer of private label merchandise to join The Sustainability Consortium, a science-based group of companies working to develop a more sustainable global supply chain. The company joins other retailers and consumer product manufacturers that have become members of the consortium and its product "life cycle" mission including social and environmental considerations. More

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    Behind every green retailer is smart technology
    Retail Merchandiser    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Retailers of all shapes and sizes are continually working to become more eco-conscious, and technology is key to becoming a greener business. From telecommuting to paperless operations, technology is an innately green component of retailers’ businesses that can minimize environmental impact and maximize business growth. With a well integrated e-commerce platform, retailers can run a virtually paperless online business—effectively reducing the amount of trees, water, and greenhouse gas emissions used in paper production and shipment each year. More

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    DENTCO's Exterior Services Management Specialists have discovered similarities among changes in both retail and commercial facility maintenance. The evolving threads expose dramatic change stemming from consolidation, technology updates, workforce reductions, dark stores and new forms of risk and liability. If you notice any of these signs of evolution in your retail or facility locations, call in the DENTCO specialists today! Visit us online at or call us at 800.993.3689. Let the Evolution Begin! more

    Walgreens' monthly sales rise
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    Walgreens had February sales of $5.31 billion, an increase of 3.2 percent from $5.14 billion for the same month in 2009. The drug store chain also reported that its same-store sales increased 0.4 percent. February pharmacy sales increased 3.7 percent, while comparable pharmacy sales increased 0.9 percent. Comparable pharmacy sales were negatively affected by 2.4 percentage points due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months and a lower incidence of flu compared with February 2009. Pharmacy sales accounted for 64.5 percent of total sales for the month. More

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    In malls, book superstores sideline smaller cousins
    The Detroit News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The small-scale mall bookstore, once ubiquitous in regional shopping centers across the country, is giving way to something bigger: the book superstore. Two mall mainstays, Waldenbooks and B. Dalton, subsidiaries of bookseller behemoths Borders Group Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc., respectively, closed in droves in January, faced with irrelevancy against superstores' wide selections, coffee bars and social hubs, and their digital counterpart, e-readers that offer limitless portable content anytime. More

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