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The books are closed for 2012, and from what we know so far, the year ended on a positive note. Consumers and retailers alike were ready and excited for the season, and it didn’t disappoint – with holiday sales expected to top $586 billion and digital retail breaking records right and left. Our friends at BIGinsight […]

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They’re on our TV sets every day, in increasing volume, with the power to make you laugh, and even cry. And I’m not talking about soap operas, I’m talking about holiday TV commercials. This time of year, retailers up the ante with festive promotions, memorable jingles, and often reunites America with some of our favorite […]

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When it comes to finding the perfect gift, it can be hit or miss. If only we had a holiday crystal ball to help with the decision making. Knowing that not everyone will be keeping their holiday treasures, retailers are reminding people this year: “don’t forget the gift receipt!” As a person whose shopping list […]

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Last Saturday was a big day. It marked the debut of the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection, a partnership between two highly regarded retail brands – one a mass merchandiser, the other a luxury purveyor — that will bring more than 50 limited edition designer products to each company’s stores. The items, ranging in […]

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When it comes to gifts, regardless of the season, there’s no question that the age old saying “it’s the thought that counts” rings true. But this holiday season, it looks like gift-giving might actually be back in fashion after taking a hiatus the last few years. And from what we can see, shoppers aren’t skimping on presents […]

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The official kick off to Black Friday Weekend began as early as last night for retailers across the country. From department stores like Macy’s, whose Chairman, President and CEO Terry Lundgren said stores had “midnight traffic this year surpass 2011″ traffic levels, to specialty stores like Best Buy, whose shoppers sat through the cold Wednesday night and Thursday to […]

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As retailers are gearing up for the biggest shopping weekend of the year and Americans are working on their holiday shopping lists, two things are top-of-mind: rebuilding in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the looming fiscal cliff. In a recent interview on Bloombgerg TV, NRF’s Senior Vice President Ellen Davis discussed the impact of […]

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Congress is trying to fix the “fiscal cliff” by the end of the year. But NRF is telling lawmakers the real deadline is Black Friday. NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay explained in a letter to President Obama and Congress that many retailers make a quarter or more of their annual sales during the holiday […]

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When it comes to the economy, there’s no question that millions of people have had their share of the good, the bad and the ugly. Years of stubbornly high unemployment, fluctuating home values, stagnant income growth and unpredictable retail sales continue to drive the conversation. Last holiday season food and apparel prices were higher than most were […]

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As the unemployment rate stays painfully parked above 8 percent, we’re all looking for some positive news on the jobs front. Fortunately, for many of those trying to reenter the workforce, ‘tis the season to find a job in retail. Last year retailers hired 607,500 associates during the holiday season, up 7.9% from 2010 and […]

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