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NPD: What Holiday Sales Signal For 2012 Retail

Shopper Crossing Sign

Port Washington, NY—The holiday season may come but once a year, but consumers’ shopping habits during November and December can … [Read more...]

Following Holiday Boom, Are Retail Sales Headed for a Bust?

Post Christmas Sales

New York—While consumers continued their holiday shopping sprees last week following Christmas Day, several surveys indicate a … [Read more...]

Day After Christmas Sales Rose Nearly 26%

Shoppers flocked to stores on Monday to use their gift cards--or return and exchanges gifts, too.

Chicago  and Port Washington, NY–This year, the day after Christmas was called “Mega Monday.”And according to ShopperTrak, a … [Read more...]

Expert: Holiday 2011’s New Retail Recipe for Success

A woman rests while shopping at South Park mall in Charlotte

Ask the Expert: Marshal Cohen is Chief Industry Analyst, The NPD Group, Inc. He is a nationally known expert on the retail … [Read more...]

Forecast: Brick and Mortar Shopping to Crest This Week

“Consumers are seeking the deal all season, and the deals are just now starting to shape up..." Marshal Cohen of NPD Group said.

New York—As holiday sales come down to the wire this Saturday, expect to see more shoppers at brick and mortar retail, several new … [Read more...]

Holiday Online Sales to Date: Up 15%

Holiday Shopping Online

Reston, VA—Although traffic may be light in some retail sales floors this holiday season, consumers are spending more than ever … [Read more...]

Sycamore Partners Makes $212 Million Bid for Talbots

Talbots Outlook

Hingham, MA—Just days after reporting a dismal third quarter where the store swung into a wider loss that spurred $50 million in … [Read more...]

“Hyper” Monday Hits Sales Record of $1.25 Billion

Cyber Monday 2011

Reston, VA and Port Washington, NY—As expected, Cyber Monday sales hit a new single day selling record with sales increasing 22% … [Read more...]

Black Friday Sales Surge, But Will Spending Continue?

Shoppers began lining up outside Macy's Herald Square about 6 p.m. Thursday for a midnight Black Friday opening. (Photo: Stan Honda/AFP)

New York—First the good news: the hype around Black Friday apparently has paid off with shoppers out in record numbers—some … [Read more...]

Super Committee Failure to Darken Black Friday Sales?

Black Friday

New York—With retailers poised for what promises to be one of the most competitive Black Friday weekends ever, could news of an … [Read more...]

NPD: Consumers Plan Flat Spending for Holiday

Holiday Spending Forecast

Port Washington, NY—Most consumers say they plan to spend the same amount on holiday spending this year as they did last year, … [Read more...]

Commerce Dept: August Retail Sales Stagnate

Shopping Street

Washington—After seven months of increases, total U.S.retail sales remained flat in August, the U.S. Commerce Department reported … [Read more...]