This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in this news brief.

  Mobile version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe  
Education and Events    Resources    News and Publications    Get Involved    Membership    About PRSM Nov. 28, 2011

Lennox Industries Inc.
RSM Maintenance
Black Friday weekend: Record $52.4 billion spent
CNN    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Earlier than ever store openings and steep discounts helped retailers notch record sales this Black Friday weekend, according to early reports. Total spending over the four-day weekend following Thanksgiving reached a record $52.4 billion, up 16 percent from $45 billion last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. A record 226 million consumers shopped in stores and online between Thursday and Sunday, up from 212 million last year. Individual shoppers spent more too, the NRF said. The average holiday shopper shelled out $398.62, up from $365.34 in 2010. More
Related stories:
Retailers look to keep Black Friday momentum going (Reuters)
Record breaking Black Friday weekend (Forbes)
Online sales surge 24 percent on Black Friday (CNN)

US stock indexes rise with retail sales
MarketWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. stocks rallied as Europe reportedly planned how to leverage a regional rescue fund and on evidence U.S. holiday sales got off to a record start. "European policy makers seemed to have made progress toward stabilizing the euro zone over the weekend," noted Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Asset Management Group. More

Canadian retailers embrace Black Friday
Calgary Herald via Vancouver Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The day after the U.S. Thanksgiving is traditionally thought of as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season frenzy south of the border. Black Friday, and its super sales, attract hordes of consumers looking to get a jump on their holiday gift buying with the hopes of saving huge amounts of money. The Black Friday trend has made its way north to Calgary, and Canadian retailers, with stores from Walmart to Sears to Sport Chek and everyone else jumping on the bandwagon. More

The Most Trusted & Respected Roofing Company in the U.S.

We offer the peace of mind of knowing your new roofing solution is protected and can be maintained for the lifetime of your warranty. We are here to support you, wherever, whenever.

Best Buy leads retail pack to start the season
Reuters via MSNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Having the right products at the right price at the right time helped make Best Buy one of the early winners in what was a record start for U.S. retailers to the holiday shopping season. The electronics retailer, which was one of the biggest losers in 2010, drew in shoppers by being one of the companies that opened its stores at midnight Thanksgiving night, and unlike in 2010, it focused more on having lower prices for big TVs and other popular items. More

Gap says to triple China network in 2012
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Apparel brand Gap Inc. said that it aims to triple its store network in China next year, one of the latest foreign brands to target the country's consumer spending growth. Redmond Yeung, president of China for Gap, which competes with Uniqlo parent Fast Retailing Co. and Esprit Holdings Ltd. in China, said the company aimed to operate 15 stores in the country by the end of the fiscal year to January, and to triple that number to 45 in fiscal 2012. More

Brinco Mechanical Services, Inc.

In every industry, one company sets the standard all others strive to achieve. Please contact us for further information at 1.800.649.6804 or visit

Cyber Monday expected to hit record sales
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cyber Monday is emerging from the shadow of Black Friday as another major retail day as customers make the shift to online shopping. Sales during the online shopping day topped $1 billion last year and could reach $1.2 billion this year, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. More

Brown Shoe to close 145 Famous Footwear stores, sell off some units
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brown Shoe Co. said that while profit rose dramatically in the third quarter thanks to a business unit divestiture, the retailer will cut several of its lines and close underperforming stores nationwide to shore up profitability. The parent of Famous Footwear said it will close between 70 and 75 Famous Footwear stores in fiscal 2011 and 2012, for a total of about 145 store closures. More

Cleaning Services Group, Inc.

Cleaning Services Group, Inc. is a full-service building services company servicing Office Buildings, Grocery Chains, Cinemas/Theaters, Financial Institutions, Medical Facilities, Educational Facilities & Universities, Commercial Properties, Retail Store Chains, Restaurants, Speciality Facilities, National Accounts, and Distribution Centers.

Where are America's top businesspeople? According to Fortune, they're in retail
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ladies and gentlemen, retail has spoken. On Fortune's coveted Businessperson of the Year list, retail leaders hold four of the top ten spots — more than any other industry. What an incredible testament to the power, ingenuity and leadership among us. More

Retailers push Federal Reserve for yet lower debit fees
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers won a big victory last summer when the Federal Reserve halved the fees that banks and credit card companies were charging them to process debit card transactions. For some retailers, however, that was not enough. Trade groups representing retailers, convenience stores and grocers filed a lawsuit against the Fed, asserting that the board's debit fee rules still allowed banks to capture too much money from debit card purchases. More

Yum Brands reorganizes its international unit
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fast-food restaurant operator Yum Brands Inc. is separating its India business from the rest of its international unit as it looks to expand in fast-growing markets overseas. Many companies are trying to expand in developing economies as U.S. consumers are cautious about their spending due to the weak economy. More
Intelligent control for maximum efficiency
The innovative Prodigy® control system from Lennox makes maintaining and servicing your commercial HVAC unit easier than ever. An intuitive user interface reduces both installation and maintenance time and costs while a patent-pending USB port provides service verification, alarm-code history and critical component run-time information. Learn more.
We Know Maintenance.
Inside and Out.
USM understands the relationship between the condition of your stores and the perception of your brand. To us, it's more than washing windows and polishing floors—it's helping your image shine. USM is now part of EMCOR Group, Inc., and together, we provide nationwide facilities maintenance services unmatched in the marketplace.

Call: 800.355.4000,
Retail Service Maintenance
We currently service nearly one hundred retailers, restaurants and other multi-site establishments.
  • Quick Response Times with fair & honest pricing
  • Real Time Solutions and 24/7 On Call Service
  • A Maintenance Coordinator Dedicated to your needs. Routine & Custom Preventative Maintenance and Rollout Programs custom to your needs.
For more information, please visit us at or call 973.253.9300.

Mechanical Services Inc

"New York City HVAC Specialists"

•Resolution driven
•Self performing Exclusively in the NYC/Metropolitan Area

P: 718-478-5555
F: 718-476-2222

PRSM Weekly
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 460.420.2601   Download media kit
Yvette Craig, Sr. Content Editor, 469.420.2641   Contribute news
This edition of the PRSM Weekly was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
Nov. 18, 2011
Nov. 11, 2011
Nov. 4, 2011

7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063