Kohl's is Among Few August Standouts
from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Retailers turned in their best performance in nearly a year in August - a 2 percent decline in same-store sales - leading some to suggest that a turnaround is near for the recession-battered industry. Kohl's Corp. stood out among its peers, beating analysts' expectations for August by reporting a gain of 0.2 percent in same-store sales for the four-weeks ended Aug. 29. Analysts reporting to Retail Metrics in Massachusetts had predicted a 2.1 percent percent decline for the month. More

Gap Reduces GHG Emissions 20 Percent Over Five Years
from Environmental Leader
Gap Inc. has exceeded its five-year U.S. EPA Climate Leaders goal, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2003 to 2008, according to the retailerís fourth social responsibility report. More

The Container Store Thinks Outside the Box and Expands Purchase Pick-up
from Internet Retailer
Storage and organization products retailer The Container Store Inc. saw a spike in average order size of online purchases during a promotion of its Click & Pickup program. The company found that the average ticket for online purchases was double the average in-store sale. More

Urban Outfitters Up as 3Q Sales Outlook Pleases Investors
from Dow Jones via The Wall Street Journal
Shares of Urban Outfitters Inc. climbed more than 7 percent after the teen-clothing retailer said its fiscal third-quarter comparable-store sales to date are consistent with the more moderate declines seen in the prior period. Urban Outfitters is still holding up better than most retailers despite slowing sales, though the company revealed in June that trends had improved heading into the summer. More

Rachel Roy Unveils Pop-Up Store in New York City's SoHo Neighborhood
from Reuters
Rachel Roy, a division of Jones Apparel Group, Inc., announced the opening of a pop-up store to celebrate the launch of the new Rachel Rachel Roy diffusion line. The 1,900 square foot store will house select product from the Rachel Rachel Roy collection including sportswear, footwear, handbags and jewelry. More

Toys 'R' Us Buys KB Toys' Brand
from The Wall Street Journal
Retailer Toys "R" Us Inc. said it acquired the KB Toys' brand, including its Web site, trademarks and intellectual property rights. KB Toys, which filed for bankruptcy in December, sold its logos and online addresses in a bankruptcy auction last month for $2.1 million to CE Stores, a unit of Toys "R" Us. The acquisition doesn't include KB Toys' 460 stores, which were closed and liquidated earlier this year following its bankruptcy filing. More

How Retailers Can Make the Best of a Slowdown
from Forbes
Downturns are tough on retailers. Recent McKinsey research indicates that during the last two recessions (1990 to 1991 and 2000 to 2001), growth slowed for nearly every retail sub-sector in the U.S. Ninety-three percent of the retailers surveyed that existed during both downturns experienced slowing revenue growth in one of them, and 59 percent endured it in both. More

Wal-Mart Expects Christmas Buying to Come Late This Year
from CNN Money
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. expects another challenging Christmas for the retail industry, with shoppers holding off purchases until late in the season after they have been able to research where they can get the best prices and values. More

Retail Shopping Communities Attract Shoppers, Influence Purchasing, and Retain Consumers
from Reuters
As social networks proliferate and consumers report spending more of their time online, e-commerce is ripe to weave community into the customer experience. On average, two-thirds of consumers spend at least one hour per week social networking, with almost half spending three hours or more on the sites. More

Retail Health Clinics Move to Treat Complex Illnesses, Rankling Doctors
from The Wall Street Journal
Retail health clinics are adding treatments for chronic diseases such as asthma to their repertoire, hoping to find steadier revenue, but putting the clinics into greater competition with doctors' groups and hospitals. Walgreen Co.'s Take Care retail clinic recently started a pilot program in Tampa and Orlando offering injected and infused drugs for asthma and osteoporosis to Medicare patients. At some MinuteClinics run by CVS Caremark Corp., nurse practitioners now counsel teenagers about acne, recommend over-the-counter products and sometimes prescribe antibiotics. More

ANSI Approves Green Seal for Restaurants
from Environmental Leader
Restaurants seeking to be "green" have another measure of confidence now that the American National Standards Institute has approved the Green Seal Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services (Gs-46). The Green Seal standard for restaurants was first published in May. It measures the impacts of food, energy and water use and related supplies. More