Michael Niemira


Retail Comp Sales in June Once Again Beat Forecasts

Only a handful of major retailers still release monthly sales results

New York—Retailers sailed past estimates for their June comparable store sales results as better weather and lower unemployment … [Read more...]

Discounts Help Boost May Comp Sales Ahead of Estimates

Only a handful of major retailers still release monthly sales results

Discounts Help Boost May Comp Sales Ahead of Estimates New York—May comparable store sales beat estimates as consumers shopped … [Read more...]

February Comp Sales Actually Fare Better Than Expected

Only a handful of major retailers still release monthly sales results

New York—There’s no need to remind most of the Northern half of the United States what kind of impact February’s weather must have … [Read more...]

ICSC: Last Minute Shopping Leads to Weekly Sales Gain

Price-off promotions like this one at Express have been stepped up in recent days

New York—Consumers waited once again till the last minute to shop for their holiday gifts, giving a gift to many … [Read more...]

7 Days and Counting: Holiday Shoppers Wait for Discounts

Last Minute Holiday Shopping

Chicago/New York—Snowstorms that hit much of the Midwest and Northeast last weekend may have hindered some holiday shopping, but … [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...]

Retail, Business Leaders Decry Congress’ Actions in U.S. Budget Gridlock

Debt Crisis

Washington—President Obama today took Congress to task over its 11th hour resolution of the government shutdown and lifting the … [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...]

ICSC: Holiday Sales to Increase by 3.4%

Holiday Sales 2013

 New York—Sure there’s unease about what a U.S. government shutdown might mean to the economy. But unemployment dropped to its … [Read more...]

Economists Call August Comp Store Sales Lackluster

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New York—While all the remaining retailers who report monthly sales figures have yet to report them, the tally from economists so … [Read more...]

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

Summer Clearance Sales

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

June Retail Comps: Best Since January

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New York—While fewer than a dozen major retailers, accounting for some 6% of the $2.4 trillion in U. S. retail sales, still report … [Read more...]