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MarketLive Index Results Show 125% Increase in Retailer Revenues Coming from Smartphones

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Petaluma, CA—Would we really be that smart without our smartphones? As mobile devices become even more inextricably linked to our daily activities, retailers are seeing a dramatic increase in smartphone use not only for shopping, but also purchasing. In its recent quarterly Performance Index report, MarketLive, a Total Commerce technology …

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NRF Holiday Results: Sales Increased 4%

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New York–Confident consumers stocked up on holiday gifts and other merchandise over the 2014 holiday season, helping boost overall holiday retail sales to their highest level since 2011. According to the National Retail Federation, December retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, decreased 0.9% seasonally adjusted month-to-month, and …

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Stage Stores Posts 6.5% Rise in Holiday Comp Sales

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Houston–Stage Stores reported comparable sales up 6.5% for the holiday months of November and December. “We are very pleased with our holiday sales and margin performance,” said CEO Michael Glazer in a statement. “Footwear, women’s and cosmetics categories were especially strong. Our customers responded well to our holiday assortments, marketing, …

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Retailers Added 2,000 Jobs in December, Bringing Total to 176,000 in 2014

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Washington–Retail industry employment increased by 2,000 jobs in December as healthy hiring gains in general merchandise and sporting goods stores were offset by declines in clothing and furniture stores, the National Retail Federation said today. Retail employment for 2014 climbed by 176,000 jobs over the year before, according to NRF’s …

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Holiday Windows 2014: Barneys Gets Baz Dazzled

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New York–Prepare to be (Baz)Dazzled! Baz Luhrmann, the spectacle-loving director/producer/writer from Down Under, transforms Barneys New York holiday windows into yet another eye-popping even of theatrical proportions. Here, he takes basic human themes (like “Truth”) and turns them into something otherworldy. Live, scheduled performances (a celestial ice princess, a wise …

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Nordstrom Reports 9% Q3 Sales Boost, But Lowers Guidance

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Seattle–Nordstrom Inc.’s third-quarter earnings of $142 million were up slightly from last year’s $137 million. Net sales were up 8.9 percent to $3 billion and comparable sales were up 3.4 percent. The retailer said that men’s apparel, cosmetics and accessories were among the strongest categories. However, Nordstrom lowered its earnings …