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10 Retail Technology Highlights From NRF
January 17, 2011

The National Retail Federation's BIG Show, which took place in New York last week, is an annual opportunity for retailers to tap into the latest technologies for improving everything from customer analysis to mobile commerce.

From the NRF BIG Show: The Magic of Disney Inside a Retail Space
January 14, 2011

Led onto the stage by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, there was no mistaking that Stephen Finney was from the Disney Store when he made his entrance to give the keynote speech at this week's National Retail Federation BIG Show in New York City. The senior vice president of global retail operations for the media and entertainment company was there to talk about Disney's brick-and-mortar stores.

Retail Sales Rise For Sixth Straight Month in December
January 14, 2011

Retail sales rose for a sixth consecutive month in December, helped by big gains in sales of autos and furniture. The increases helped lift sales activity for the year by the largest amount in more than a decade.

From the NRF BIG Show: 10 Tips for Small Brick-and-Mortar Retailers to Increase Sales
January 13, 2011

To impart some of the wisdom he’s gained over the years in growing his retail business, Dave Ratner, owner and CIO (Chief Instigating Officer) of Dave's Soda and Pet City, led a session at the National Retail Federation's BIG Show this week in New York City. Ratner left attendees at the hour-long session with 10 tips they could take back to their stores and implement right away.

December Same-Store Sales Rise for Limited Brands
January 7, 2011

Limited Brands said that its December sales at stores open at least one year rose 5 percent. Analysts, on average, had expected same-store sales to rise 4.6 percent, according to Thomson Reuters.

Kohl's December Sales Rise, Stocks Fall
January 7, 2011

Shares of Kohl's slipped despite reporting a 5.9 percent increase in December sales, helped by higher demand in stores open at least one year and its e-commerce business.

TJX Posts Increase in December Sales
January 7, 2011

Helped by stores open at least a year, leading off-price retailer TJX reported a 6 percent gain in December sales, pushing the company to raise its full-year guidance.

Santa Deemed Retailers 'Nice' in 2010
January 6, 2011

2010 has come to a close with a big holiday bang. Not only were holiday retail sales up big — 5.5 percent over 2009 for the 50-day period from Nov. 5 to Dec. 24 — but online retail was up some 15.4 percent. 

Daffy's Debuts Times Square Store; More NY Openings Planned
December 30, 2010

Daffy's has announced plans to open a store in New York's Times Square. The discount retailer has signed a lease for a 28,000-sq.-ft. store in the former New York Times building on 44th Street. The new store will have a ground-floor entrance, but the bulk of the space will be on the basement level. The Times Square store is scheduled to open in fall 2011, and the company hopes to add a total of 14 New York-area stores before 2015.

Video: Plenty for Retailers to be Cheery About This Holiday Season
December 23, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like a Merry Christmas after all for retailers. Sales projections are increasing nearly every week as even shoppers who said they were finished hit malls this week. Now stores are starting to say they expect the 2011 holiday season to be even better.

Full Steam Ahead: Shopping Doesn't Stop on Dec. 25
December 21, 2010

Many retail advertisers mistakenly scale back their search campaigns after Christmas, but lots of search traffic and sales occur after Dec. 25. You might be surprised to learn that 9 percent of consumers don’t even begin their holiday shopping until post Christmas.

Luxury Retail Market Stages a Comeback
December 20, 2010

The estimated gain in U.S. luxury goods sales is outpacing the overall expected 3.5 percent jump in retail sales for 2010, a prominent trade group said.

Retailers Prep for a Black Friday Bonanza
November 18, 2010

As many as 138 million U.S. shoppers could be hunting for Black Friday bargains during the three days after Thanksgiving, according to a retail trade group survey released on Thursday.

Bailey, Banks & Biddle Stages Comeback for Holidays
November 8, 2010

Bailey, Banks & Biddle, which traces its roots back to 1832 in Philadelphia, is being revived. Five stores have already opened in Austin, Houston and Plano, Texas as well as St. Louis and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Harry Potter Boutiques Opened by Hot Topic
November 5, 2010

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and retail partner Hot Topic are launching dedicated in-store boutiques with exclusive merchandise inspired by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.