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Retail sales and producer prices unchanged in August
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Retail sales in the United States unexpectedly stagnated in August, the Commerce Department said, as a lack of employment and limited income growth restrained demand. The unchanged reading followed a 0.3 percent gain for July that was smaller than previously estimated, the department said. Prices paid by producers were also unchanged in August, according to the Labor Department, while so-called core costs that exclude food and fuel rose less than forecast. More

Retailers are starting the holidays even earlier this year
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Santa's becoming a September fixture. In an economy in which consumers will do almost anything to save a buck and retailers will do almost anything to make a buck, it's common for stores to roll out holiday goods this month. More

Missoni frenzy at Target shows shoppers still crave luxury
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The economy may be in the dumps, but don't count out bargain-priced luxury items for the holidays. That has to be the lesson learned by Target — and its biggest competitors — after a shopping frenzy more typically seen around Thanksgiving repeatedly crashed Target's website and sent shoppers by the hundreds waiting in line for sales on limited-time offerings on its Missoni for Target collection of clothing, housewares, luggage and even bikes. More

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Survey: Retailers cautious but confident about the future
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Although U.S. retailers are generally more cautious about the current market environment, 59 percent plan to expand their stores due to lower rental rates, a new survey by CB Richard Ellis found. CBRE's second annual Shop Talk: A Retailer's Perspective survey, which was conducted during June and July of this year, asked retailers across the country about expansion plans, lessons learned from the recession, ongoing concerns and what they foresee for the future. The survey's participants were mostly national (58 percent), followed by global (26 percent), regional (15 percent) and local (1 percent). More

Target donates $60K for Texas wildfire relief efforts
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Target announced that it has donated $60,000 to assist with Texas wildfire relief efforts. A $25,000 cash donation was made to the American Red Cross with the additional cash and product donations made to other nonprofit organizations in the Texas area. More

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Family Dollar gets in-store learning experience
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Family Dollar Stores has found itself a way to better understand how customers respond to its in-store displays and promotions, and how they can be improved to generate more sales. The discount retailer has engaged RockTenn, manufacturer of consumer packaging solutions and BVI Networks, a provider of real-time in-store monitoring, to open the first large format "ShopperGauge" branded retail learning lab at Family Dollar Stores. More

South Carolina's Inlet Square Mall shopping for more stores
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Finish a major renovation. Check.
Open a movie theater-bowling alley-game complex. Check.
Now, Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet, S.C., is on the third item on its to-do list: Lure more stores.

Positive sales growth at Burlington Coat Factory
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Burlington Coat Factory Investments Holdings, Inc. and its operating subsidiaries, a nationwide retailer based in Burlington, N.J., announced its results for the second quarter and year to date ended July 30. Comparative store sales increased 4 percent and total net sales increased 8.9 percent to $793.3 million for the three months ended July 30 compared with last year. More

Toys 'R' Us gains new spirit
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Once destined for oblivion in the face of withering competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and, Toys 'R' Us has found some spring in its step. The company is aggressively remodeling its stores and beefing up its online business. More

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Canadian shoppers were buying more at discount chain Dollarama with their debit cards
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Customers used their debit cards more at Canada's Dollarama Inc. to pay for larger quantities of goods priced at more than $1, driving up sales and profits in the latest quarter, the discount chain said. Almost half — 48 percent — of sales at Dollarama in the second quarter were from products sold for more than $1, chief operating officer Stephane Gonthier told analysts. That compares with 39 per cent of items in the same quarter in 2010, he said. More

How CEO Bill McComb breathed life back into Kate Spade, Lucky Brand, and Juicy Couture to become global lifestyle brands
Business Insider's The High Low    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Bill McComb took the helm of Liz Claiborne Inc. in 2007, he laid out an ambitious plan for Kate Spade New York, Lucky Brand and Juicy Couture: Build each of these marquee labels into a global lifestyle brand. Four years later, while Liz Claiborne Inc. reported another quarter of losses in July, we see signs that McComb's vision is paying off. More

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Specialty retailer buys back shares, pays dividends
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Chico's FAS has managed to generate exceptionally strong sales growth in a difficult retail environment. Same-store sales rose an incredible 12.8 percent in the second quarter of 2011, for instance. Analysts expect this success to continue over the next couple of years as the company takes market share from rivals such as Macys, Talbots and Nordstrom. More

InformationWeek: Walgreens leads all retailers
in utilizing technology

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Walgreens announced that it ranked 29th on this year's InformationWeek 500, a list of the top technology innovators in the United States. Additionally, Walgreens was the highest-ranked company in the retail/general merchandising category. The annual list was unveiled at the recent InformationWeek 500 conference in California. More
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