Ken Perkins


March Comps Softer Thanks to Easter Shift to April

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New York—With the harshest of winter subsiding last month, it still look a flurry of discount promotions to lure shoppers into … [Read more...]

Storms, Shopper Fatigue Chill January Comp Sales

Frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall stymied shoppers and retail employees last month

New York—January is normally the slowest month at retail, but this year the Arctic whammy from a polar vortex chilled sales more … [Read more...]

December Comp Sales Were Up—But at a Price?

Blizzard Tarnish December Retail Sales

New York—Discounts may have helped comparable store sales rise 2.7% in December, but that stronger-than-expected increase often … [Read more...]

Costco Q1 Earnings Lower Than Expected

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Issaquah, WA—Costco today reported that a fiscal first quarter profit weaker than expected despite a 5% sales increase. The … [Read more...]

Holiday Pressure: November Comp Sales Disappointing

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New York— Black Friday creep—expanding sales and promotions beyond the traditional one the Friday after Thanksgiving—may have had … [Read more...]

Promotions Helped Lift October Comp Sales Above Estimates

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New York—Political gridlock, a government shutdown and fears that the United States would default helped to deflate consumer … [Read more...]

September Comp Sales “Sluggish” as Consumer Confidence Wanes

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New York—A drop in consumer confidence, warmer temperatures, and lack of a fashion must have resulted in September comparable … [Read more...]

July Retail Comps Miss—Concern for Back to School Sales?

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New York—American consumers continued to look for bargains and held off spending on fall and back-to-school purchases in … [Read more...]

May Retail Comp Sales Better Than Expected

Warmer weather brought consumers out to shop in stores like Buckle in May.

New York—While many retailers have been reporting recently that their first quarter sales were stifled by unseasonable cold, their … [Read more...]

April Comp Retail Sales: “Generally Weak”

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New York—Ingredients such as inclement and colder-than-normal weather, worries over sequestration and its effects and the … [Read more...]

Wintery Weather Results in Meager March Comp Sales Results

Widespread winter storms hampered shopping in many part of the country in March.

New York—U.S. retailers reported their lowest comparable store gains in months today as widespread cold weather hindered March … [Read more...]

January Comp Sales Rise, Easily Beating Forecasts

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New York—Whether it was the U.S. Congress finally averting the so-called fiscal cliff in early January, a spate of Arctic cold … [Read more...]

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