Check it Out
January 1, 2011

A sampling of key insights posted on last month:

Macy's Posts a Profit
November 11, 2010

Macy's posted a profit for the period ending Oct. 30, coming back from a loss the same time a year ago, as sales rose.

Macy's Holiday Efforts Cater to Local Interests
November 10, 2010

Across the country, Macy's is ringing in this Christmas with local flavor, from Elvis ornaments in Tennessee to Texas-themed martini glasses. These 2,200 themed ornaments and other decor sold locally for the holidays are vivid examples of how Macy's is looking to harness the magic this Christmas and beyond.

Smaller Retail Sales Growth Seen in October
November 8, 2010

Same-store retail sales for October were up 1.7 percent, a smaller increase compared to the gains in September with 2.8 percent and 2.3 percent in October 2009, according to Kantar Retail's monthly report of 31 U.S. retailers.

Christmas Shopping Starts Now For Retailers
November 1, 2010

NOW that Halloween is done, Madison Avenue is embarking on the mad dash to Dec. 25. The sluggish economy is raising the stakes for the Christmas shopping season. Some retailers and marketers, worried that uncertainty among shoppers might increase as the weeks go by, hope to pull demand forward by moving up the start of their pitches.

Saks Fifth Avenue To Have 5 Star Review System on Website
October 19, 2010

More than a decade after book and electronics retailers embraced online customer reviews, the most elite stores in the U.S. are opening their websites — and the brands they sell — to the slings and arrows of public opinion.