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December Comp Sales Were Up—But at a Price?

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New York—Discounts may have helped comparable store sales rise 2.7% in December, but that stronger-than-expected increase often came with a price(s). Namely, lower margins, customers shifting to online shopping and lowered fourth quarter earnings expectations. In its monthly assessment of eight large retailers, Thomson Reuters reported the 2.75 increase in …

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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 an unintentional effect. Consumers may be lured in by promotions but purchasing isn’t as strong as hoped for. According to several metrics, November comparable store sales were modest—actually decelerating from October increases. …

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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 confidence in October, but apparently shoppers turned out anyway. According to Thomson Reuters, comparable store (or same store) sales rose 4% last month, beating economists’ expectations for a 3% increase. Excluding drugstores, …

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Week in Review: 10 Must-Remember Online Articles

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New York—“The epicenter of stupidity”…that’s how outspoken L Brands chairman Leslie Wexner referred to Washington, specifically Capitol Hill, this week during the nerve-wracking hours leading up to a temporary debt ceiling solution. Like many retailers and business leaders, Wexner is concerned about how the political gridlock and its subsequent effects …

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

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Washington—President Obama today took Congress to task over its 11th hour resolution of the government shutdown and lifting the debt ceiling, issues that could have spun the United States into default and wrecked havoc with the international economy. “Probably nothing has done more damage to America’s credibility in the world, …