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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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Commerce Dept: June Sales Increase Less Than Expected

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Washington—Although June sales picked up in apparel, accessories and some other consumergoods categories, overall U.S. retail sales lagged behind expectations, according to figures supplied by the Commerce Department on Monday. Total sales rose 0.4% to $422.8 billion, missing economists’ estimate for a 0.8% increase. While that’s a 5.7% adjusted year-over-year …