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NPD’s Cohen: “Holiday 2014 Better than Reported”

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Port Washington, NY—Holiday 2014 was better than reported. Black Friday and holiday sales are not the same as we remember from … [Read more...]

NPD’s Marshal Cohen Takes a Peek at What’s Going on in Holiday Retailing

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Port Washington, NY—I recently ventured to a local shopping mall with a group of NPD colleagues to check out the post-Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Scrooge Syndrome: Affluents’ Confidence Dips to Great Recession Lows

Wealthy Shoppers

Stevens, PA--Call it the "Scrooge Syndrome." The consumers who have the money--and loads of it--are worried about the economy and … [Read more...]

NPD’s Cohen Gives Holiday Retail Expectations

Marshal Cohen, NPD Group: "Open-sell or caseline retail environments have to give way to means for consumers to touch, feel and try on merchandise."

By Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry AnalystIt’s shaping up to be a healthy but heavily promotional holiday, which means that … [Read more...]

Columbia Sportswear Q3 Sales Jump 29%, Profit up 20%

Sorel The Medina II rain heel combines function and fashion with an industrial inspired look

Portland, OR—Continuing on a strong streak, Columbia Sportswear reported Thursday afternoon that its third quarter sales jumped … [Read more...]

Athletic, Outdoor Footwear Sales Boost September

The LEBRON 12, engineered to the exact specifications of LeBron James

Port Washington, NY—Late trending back to school sales have seen had a kick, or rather kicks.For the 14 weeks ended Sept. 20, … [Read more...]

Finish Line Q2 Profit Edges Down, Misses Estimates

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Indianapolis—The Finish Line reported its second quarter profit edged down 1.3% as higher costs, expenses and write-downs failed … [Read more...]

Report: Does the Apple Watch Have What Consumers Want?

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New York—How smart are you?Apple’s introduction last week of its Apple watch has had the media buzzing more than ever about … [Read more...]

Experiential Marketplace Launches New Fashion, Style Categories

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San Francisco— IfOnly, an experiential marketplace that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, recently announced the … [Read more...]

NPD: Tights Trending as Sales Jump

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Port Washington, NY—Tights have increasingly become a must-include in women’s wardrobes with dollar sales increasing 33% in … [Read more...]

Steve Madden Q4 Profit Up on Wholesale Gains

Steve Madden Spring Lookbook

Long Island City, NY—Steve Madden Ltd. reported today nearly an 8% increase in its fourth quarter profit thanks to increases in … [Read more...]

Report: Fewer Americans Plan to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Washington—Probably due to the status of the bank accounts rather than their romances, fewer U.S. shoppers say they will … [Read more...]