Frank Badillo

Retail same-store sales slowed to 3.3 percent growth in November, according to Kantar Retail. The results were challenged by relatively strong 2010 numbers and weaker performance outside of Black Friday. The sales-weighted composite was weaker than the 3.9 percent same-store sales gain last month and the 5.6 percent gain in November 2010. Tandy Leather factory posted the biggest increase in same-store sales at 13 percent, followed by Saks at 9.3 percent and Costco at 9 percent. The biggest decliner was Kohl's with a decrease of 6.2 percent, according to Kantar Retail. Retail sales growth into the holidays is reflecting

Retail same-store sales held steady in August with a 4.9 percent gain as retailers reported mostly solid back-to-school results coupled with decreased sales due to Hurricane Irene.

After strong performance in June, retail same-store sales slowed to 4.8 percent growth in July. Consumer spending plans, including back-to-school shopping, showed signs of stress, Kantar Retail reported. Growth in July was softer than the 7.1 percent same-store sales gain last month, but better than the 2.9 percent gain in July last year. Saks posted the biggest increase in retail sales at 15.6 percent, followed by Tandy Leather Factory at 15 percent, Costco at 10 percent and Neiman Marcus and BJ's Wholesale Club at 9.2 percent. The biggest decliner was Destiny Maternity with a decrease of 6.3 percent, according

Retail same-store sales grew 7.1 percent in June, Kantar Retail reported. The increase was attributed to a drop in gasoline prices. The increase was higher than the 5.7 percent same-store sales gain in May and the 3.2 percent gain last June.

Topline same-store sales held steady with a 5.7 percent gain in May, but showed the effects of higher fuel prices, Kantar Retail reported. The gain is up slightly from the 5.4 percent gain for the combined MarchApril period. The result was down from the Aprils 8.7 percent same-store sales gain, but much stronger than the 2.7 percent gain in May last year. Costco and Saks posted the biggest increases in retail sales at 17.2 percent, followed by Zumiez at 15.2 percent, Nordstroms at 12.9 percent and Neiman Marcus and Buckle at 12.7 percent. The biggest decliner was Destiny Maternity

Same-store sales sagged to a 2.5 percent gain in March, Kantar Retail reported yesterday. The gain was down from last months 4.4 percent and last years 9.2 percent gain in March. According to Kantar Retail, the sagging numbers were due to this years late Easter holiday and higher fuel prices. Whats encouraging is that the Easter-related letup in sales wasnt as severe as expected by a number of retailersespecially in light of the additional drag of higher fuel prices, says Frank Badillo, Senior Economist at Kantar. Sustained growth in jobs and income may be helping to alleviate some of

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