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NRF: 161 million people plan on celebrating Halloween, highest in survey's 10-year history
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Ghouls and goblins galore, Halloween celebrations will be "BOOming" this year as more people than ever are expected to partake in traditional festivities. According to NRF's 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey conducted by BIGresearch, 7-in-10 Americans (68.6 percent) plan to celebrate Halloween, up from 63.8 percent last year and the most in NRF's 10-year survey history. Those celebrating are expected to spend slightly more too; the average person will shell out $72.31 on decorations, costumes and candy, up from $66.28 last year. Total Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.86 billion. More

PRSM offers New Business Connection Opportunity at PRSM2012
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance (PRSM) Association is adding two great new programs for the National Conference based on your feedback. Retail Quick Connect is an improved version of the very popular speed networking program PRSM debuted at PRSM2011 in Nashville. And, Supplier Showcase is a mini exhibition designed to highlight PRSM's vendor supplier members who have products and services beneficial to the PRSM vendor community. More

Consumer spending ticks up, but incomes decline
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers spent slightly more last month, but they earned less for the first time in nearly two years. The new data on spending and incomes suggest Americans tapped their savings to cope with higher gas prices and a weaker economy. More

Shopping centers aren't just for stores anymore
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Shopping centers aren't always about shopping these days. Along with the ever-present grocery store, nail salon and sandwich shop, retail centers now may include a school, a church or a growing number of medical offices. More

Kohl's opens 30 new stores, focuses on innovation
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Kohl's Department Stores has announced the grand opening of 30 new stores across 20 states. According to the company, these openings will create approximately 4,000 new jobs. "We are pleased to be in a position to create thousands of jobs, as Kohl's continues to focus on growing market share in a challenging economy," said Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, president and CEO. "We continue to bring customers innovative new stores where they can enjoy quality national and exclusive brands at exceptional values." More

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'Broader' challenges await new Walmart Canada head
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In her new role as president and CEO of Walmart Canada, Shelley Broader will be tasked with addressing new competition from Target and other retailers expanding into Canada. Broader, who joined Walmart Canada in 2010 as chief merchandising officer, will assume her new role effective immediately. More

Family Dollar Q4 profit up, boosts store expansion plans
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Family Dollar Stores announced that it plans to open 450 to 500 new stores in fiscal 2012, a 50 percent jump compared with the number of openings in fiscal 2011, and will renovate, relocate or expand over 1,000 locations. The discounter also reported that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 8 percent. "In fiscal 2012, we intend to accelerate investments to drive sales and profitability," said Howard Levine, chairman and CEO. More

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Megamall flourishing in a weak economy
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America may be struggling, but the Mall of America is doing just fine. Actually, better than just fine. Despite a weak economy, high unemployment and waning consumer confidence, the mall is thriving, thanks to its Nickelodeon theme park and the purchasing power of upper-income shoppers flocking to stores like Nordstrom and Michael Kors. More

Canada a magnetic north for US retailers
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More U.S. retailers looking for fresh markets are turning to Canada, lured by their northern neighbor's resilient economy, strong currency and the familiarity with their brands. Express Inc., a specialty clothing retailer with about 600 U.S. stores, opened a Canadian store in Toronto and said it would have six by the end of the year. Nordstrom Inc. and Kohl's Corp are looking into opening department stores in Canada, though neither has announced plans. More

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Filling the void left by borders
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It is tempting to view the demise of the Borders Group as a dark cloud over the future of bookselling, and certainly the disappearance of hundreds of bookstores leaves a lot of vacancies where readers once browsed the aisles. In July, the company made plans to liquidate after 40 years in operation and will close nearly 400 remaining stores by this fall. Yet in a few choice locations those spaces have been replaced by other booksellers, including Books-a-Million, the Hudson Group and a university bookstore. In other communities, the loss of a Borders may open up the retail landscape for independent or niche booksellers. More

Blade Runner style department store brings a rooftop park to a Mexico City suburb
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Rojkind Arquitectos have constructed a swirling space-age building to house the new Liverpool Department store in Huixquilucan, Mexico. The Blade Runner-like double skinned exterior echoes the congested highways and overpasses that the center lies between. Located in the thick of a highly-trafficked roadway near Mexico City, the innovative retail center invites visitors to not only shop, but it will also serve as a social and community center in the busy urban area. More

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Dollar store chain's new discount item — beer
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In addition to the $1 window cleaner and discount duct tape, a new and more controversial household item will soon be available for people in Arkansas making a quick trip to the dollar store: Beer. More

Affluent shoppers push JWN higher
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Estimates have been rising for Nordstrom (JWN – Analyst Report) as the company continues to report better than expected same-store sales growth. It is a Zacks No. 2 Rank stock. JWN has also been steadily raising its dividend over the last decade and currently yields a solid 2.0 percent. Valuation looks reasonable too with shares trading below the industry average. More
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