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Sept. 28-30, 2015
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We're well on our way to bringing in all the hottest and newest products & brands for you to explore when you visit the LLHA Show during September 28-30th, 2015. 35% of the floor is booked up with increasingly exciting brands such as: Hush Puppies, McKlein USA, Celeste Stein, Champs, Cheeky Umbrellas, Daphne Han & Co., Secrid, SpaHket, W.I.N. and many more.

Stay tuned as we update you every week on who else will be bringing you their latest & greatest this September.

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Shoppers still waiting for Target liquidation sales
CTV News
Canadian shoppers hoping to capitalize on Target's demise may have to wait a bit longer for the retailer's liquidation sales. The soon-to-be-former Canadian branch of the American retailer is still not offering a firm date on when it will begin slashing prices to clear inventory. Individual stores are reportedly holding unadvertised clearance sales on certain stock items, but Target has some legal hurdles to overcome before it can start a full-scale fire sale.
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PayPal: $4 trillion of goods abandoned in online shopping baskets in 2014
Business Review
Consumers across the world left $4 trillion-worth of products in their online shopping carts last year, underlining one of the biggest problems facing e-commerce businesses. A staggering 88 per cent of visitors abandoned their basket in 2014 at an average worth of around $109, meaning a business which can reduce the amount of people picking things off their virtual shelves only to leave the site altogether could be in for a serious increase in profit.
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Off-Target: How a U.S. retail giant misread the Canadian market
On paper, at least, Target Corp.'s ill-fated 2011 decision to enter Canada by paying $1.8 billion for the leases of a few hundred Zellers stores seemed like a no-brainer. Canada, unlike the U.S. at the time, was a bastion of economic opportunity — or so it appeared. Our banks were healthy, house prices were rising and consumers were spending more on clothing and housewares than ever before.

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Expedia buying travel booking website Travelocity for $280 million in cash
CTV News
Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash. The deal adds to Expedia's growing portfolio of websites. The Bellevue, Washington-company already owns nearly a dozen travel sites including, Hotwire and Egencia, the world's fifth-largest corporate travel management company.

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Just assume airline fees won't be refundable
The North American airline industry collected an estimated $8.2 billion last year from fees for items such as checked baggage, premium seat assignments and early boarding privileges — a $700 million increase from 2013. But are they keeping more of your money than they should? Andrew Petrilla wondered about that after his travel companion fell seriously ill this fall. That forced both of them to cancel a planned flight from Dallas to Southern California on American Airlines.

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Here's how to sidestep airline fees and save money
Business Insider
It's easy to feel cheated when you're flying. Even if you get a sweet deal on the ticket itself, your carrier may charge you for your bag, for a meal, and in some cases, for watching a movie. All those fees became hyper-popular in the airline industry in 2008. AirfareWatchdog President George Hobica says that between flying fears induced by 9/11 and lack of demand following the financial crisis, American carriers lost billions of dollars from 2001 to 2009.
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80,000 airline seat covers reach their final handbag destination
When Southwest Airlines made the decision to retire over 80,000 seat covers–for one made of a new more lightweight material to conserve fuel–it soon wondered what to do with them. But instead of treating them as waste, or an easy one-off donation to a recycling center, it looked for a more meaningful way to send off the seat covers that had served so many passengers traveling for business, vacations and adventures befit for, well, a plane seat cover.
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Passengers find complaints to airlines can go nowhere fast
The Boston Globe
United is among the most complained about airlines, but it is far from unique. Overall airline complaints to the US Department of Transportation rose 30 per cent over the past five years, according to an analysis by US PIRG, a consumer advocacy group headquartered in Washington. It's certainly not news that airline passengers feel mistreated and find air travel conditions miserable. But after years of growing complaints, high-profile incidents, and media outrage, the mystery remains: How do airlines keep getting away with it?
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Why Kate Spade gave up on its younger, cheaper brand
In the end, Kate Spade's little sister couldn't make it on her own. Kate Spade & Co. is shutting down all 19 of its Kate Spade Saturday stores, ending a two-year retail experiment for the cheaper, younger, more laid-back clothing line. Bursting on to the fashion scene in 2013 with its eye-grabbing neon-yellow storefronts, Saturday offered refreshingly bright, funky styles, such as multicolored trapeze dresses and long-sleeve slip-neck tops in blazing hues of red, available at about half the price of Kate Spade's main label.
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Social media exerts growing influence over online shopping
The latest report from Shopify has revealed the extent to which social media services are altering and influencing the way that people do their shopping online. Over the course of 2014, it was found that the number of orders placed online which originated from social media sources was up by 202 per cent, compared to the previous year. And a third of all purchases came from mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, with more browsing done on these portable platforms than ever before.
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Sears laying off 115 corporate employees
Retail Dive
Sears, the once-iconic retailer, is in a fight for its life, closing stores and leveraging its real estate holdings to minimize costs and maximize its advantages. According to Tenth Avenue Holdings portfolio manager Don Ingham, if Sears really can get a grip on losses, it does still have a chance to turn things around in a couple of years.
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