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Melissa Campanelli is Editor-in-Chief of Total Retail. She is an industry veteran, having covered all aspects of retail, tech, digital, e-commerce, and marketing over the past 20 years. Melissa is also the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle.

Don’t listen to Google. This is one of 10 Google AdWords tips Sara Shikhman, president of Bedroom Furniture Discounts, has used to help her business grow from $100,000 to $10 million in three years. Shikhman offered the tips in a presentation during the Search & Display Summit at eTail West in San Antonio this week. The 10 tips include the following:

/PRNewswire/ -- The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) today reported sales of $83.7 million for the five weeks ended June 30, 2012, a 7% decrease from sales of $90.4 million for the five weeks ended July 2, 2011. Same-store sales for the five-week period decreased 10%. Sales for the twenty-two weeks ended June 30, 2012 were $440.8 million, flat to sales of $442.0 million for the twenty-two weeks ended July 2, 2011. The Company's year-to-date same-store sales decreased 3%. "June same-store sales were below expectations," commented John Cato, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "Year-to-date same-store sales results have been

San Antonio Business Journal by , Web Editor Related: Retailing & Restaurants Web Editor- San Antonio Business Journal Best Buy Co. founder Richard Schulze has resigned from the company he started 36 years ago and plans to sell his ownership stake in the electronics and appliance chain, PC Magazine reported. The board of directors planned to strip Schulze’s chairman title from the company in the wake of a scandal involving then-CEO Brian J. Dunn. Schulze planned to stay on board with the company as chairman emeritus and a director, but instead is leaving the company. Schulze owns 20 percent

Saying his goals are to "shrink the company's physical footprint and substantially reduce our cost structure," Best Buy interim CEO Mike Mikan provided details about the struggling retailer's plans to reduce costs by $800 million over the next three years. Mikan and his team are in the process of creating a turnaround blueprint designed to use IT, customer services and predictive analytics to more closely connect Best Buy to consumers. During Q1 of fiscal 2013, which ended May 5, 2012, the retailer closed 41 of the 50 underperforming big-box stores.

South Florida Business Journal A congressional investigation into Wal-Mart Stores’s alleged bribery of Mexican officials broadened to include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber of Commerce Latest from The Business Journals Follow this company and the Retail Industry Leaders Association Retail Industry Leaders Association Latest from The Business Journals Follow this company , the Washington Post reported. At issue is work done by the groups and giant retailer to lobby for amending the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bans

Family Dollar Stores Inc. plans to add more than 1,000 products to its shelves in coming months, including national brands like PepsiCo beverages and Gerber baby foods. The Matthews-based discount retailer will also add to its private-label selections.

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