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Retailers report strong sales for November
The Associated Press via Google News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oh what a difference a weekend can make. Shoppers taking advantage of big discounts and earlier store hours during the start of the holiday shopping season last weekend helped boost retailers' revenue for the entire month of November. Retailers from Macy's to Costco reported monthly revenue at stores open at least a year — an indicator of a merchant's health — that beat Wall Street estimates. The overall tally for the 21 retailers that reported revenue for November rose 3.2 percent, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. More
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Cyber Monday 2011 marks biggest US online spending day in history
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Cyber Monday 2011 was the heaviest U.S. online spending day in history, with the holiday season as a whole up 15 percent YoY to $15 billion this season-to-date. Average order values increased 2.6 percent and mobile traffic to retail sites are up 3.9 percent over the biggest online shopping day a year earlier, according to just-released reports from IBM, comScore, PayPal, and others. More

PRSM2012 National Conference exhibition booths sold-out
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, announced that exhibition booths for its PRSM2012 National Conference sold-out less than two weeks after opening conference registration. PRSM2012 is the foremost educational conference for the retail facilities profession and will be held April 18-20 in Anaheim, Calif. "Attendees at PRSM2012 will be thrilled by the diversity of products and services represented on our exhibition floor in Anaheim," says Jeff Bond, director of Vendor Relations. More

Predictions 2012: What's in store for retail in 2012
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As we were putting the finishing touches on STORES' annual predictions for the coming year there was a flurry of retail news, including holiday forecasts and third-quarter sales figures. There was also a handful of stories that leave one contemplating just how different the future of retail might be. More

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What we learned from the Black Friday-Cyber Monday
shopping extravaganza

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Shoppers have dropped tens of billions of dollars in stores and online over the last past several days. What does such an impressive outpouring tell us about today's consumer mentality, and the state of the economy as a whole? There are still nearly four prime shopping weeks to go before Christmas, but now that the Black Friday-Cyber Monday consumer bonanza is over, some observations seem in order. More

Kinder, gentler Black Friday comes to Canada
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Retailers brought U.S.-style Black Friday sales to Canada in bigger volumes than ever before this year, wooing domestic shoppers seeking the deals they see on U.S. television and cross-border shopping trips. There were occasional line-ups and widespread enthusiasm, but little of the madness that accompanies the traditional start of the U.S. holiday shopping season. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October. More

Starbucks plans to create 5,000 jobs in UK coffee expansion
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Starbucks Corp., the world's largest coffee-shop operator, plans to add 200 more drive-through stores across the U.K. in an expansion that will create 5,000 jobs. The new stores will be opened over the next five years, said Starbucks, which already operates nine stores in the U.K. where drivers can purchase drinks including "Frappuccino" iced coffees and gingerbread lattes from their cars. More

Retailers report strong November sales; Costco,
Nordstrom top forecasts

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Retailers reported strong sales gains in November, boosted by a discount-fueled buying binge for the start of the holiday shopping season last weekend. Now, the challenge is to keep shoppers spending throughout the most important selling period of the year. Several retailers including Macy's, Costco Wholesale, Nordstrom, Limited Brands and teen retailer Buckle reported sales gains that beat Wall Street estimates. More

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Walgreens buys, closes 3 independent pharmacies
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Walgreens has acquired three of the St. Louis area's community pharmacies. The retail giant has no plans to operate drug stores at the three locations, which were part of Williams Community Pharmacies. Instead, the electronic prescription records of customers who patronized these independent pharmacies have been transferred to the Walgreens database. More

Walmart Canada opens 24/7 for the holidays
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As it does every year, Walmart Canada has commenced its holiday shopping hours, switching over 202 of its 329 stores to operate around the clock throughout the month of December. Starting today (Dec. 2), these couple hundred stores will open 24/7 through to closing time on Christmas Eve. Some locations will start the new schedule as of Dec. 9. More

Luxottica to produce in Brazil with Tecnol buy
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Italy's Luxottica, the world's No. 1 eyewear maker, confirmed on Thursday it agreed to buy Brazilian eyewear maker Tecnol for around 110 million euros to increase its foothold in one of the world's fastest-growing luxury markets. Following earlier media reports, the maker of Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses said that the deal would allow it to produce locally, thus cutting the heavy import duties that weigh on many foreign luxury makers coming to Brazil. More

Season of part-time jobs kicks off with holidays
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Holiday jobs offer financial and emotional lifelines for many of the nation's jobless. Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping frenzy, also kicks off the less-celebrated season of the part-time worker. Retailers alone are hiring about 500,000 seasonal employees this year, most of whom are part time, according to the National Retail Federation. Retailers' recent shift to opening on Thanksgiving or midnight on Black Friday has intensified the need for part-time workers. More

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Mobile shopping a red hot trend
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More consumers are using smartphones and tablet computers to help them shop this holiday season, and more stores and shopping centers are rushing to meet them there. An estimated 15 per cent of U.S. consumers visiting a retailer's website this month will use a mobile device, up from 4.2 per cent in October a year ago, according to data compiled by IBM Coremetrics. More

Target aims for big December sales push
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Target Corp. is rolling out new discounts on big-name toys and other gifts as it tries to increase sales during the holiday season after a somewhat disappointing showing last year. The discounts include up to 50 percent for popular toys from major toy makers such as Mattel Inc. More

NRF calls for sales tax fairness for brick-and-mortar, online retailers
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Internet retailers have an unfair advantage over Main Street merchants when it comes to sales tax, and legislation may be the solution to help level the playing field, according to the National Retail Federation More

Convenience store growth poses threat to quick service
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While quick-service chains have expanded their operating hours and menus to operate across all dayparts and capture consumers trading down from casual and fast-casual competitors, they still face threats from convenience stores. According to new research, a significant number of quick-service consumers are starting to view convenience stores in the same category as limited-service eateries for prepared foods and beverages. More
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