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NRF expects retail sales to rise 3.4 percent in 2012
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Retail industry sales are expected to rise 3.4 percent to $2.53 trillion in 2012, according to the National Retail Federation — slightly lower than the pace of 2011, in which sales grew 4.7 percent. The NRF excludes the sales of autos, gas and restaurants in its definition of retail sales. Many economists estimate that real U.S. GDP will rise approximately 2.1 to 2.4 percent as the economy is still being plagued by stubbornly high unemployment and uncertainty over job growth, NRF said. More
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Shoppers demonstrate rays of optimism amid continued focus on frugality (BusinessWire via MarketWatch)

Peer2Peer: Retailer monthly call
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Who's been there? Who's done that? What worked? What didn't? When it comes to business, we learn best by learning from others, which is why PRSM's Retailer Peer2Peer program is one of the best, most anticipated member benefits. This monthly conference call allows retailers to discuss pressing issues, best practices and more in a moderator-led forum. Offering fast, effective conversation, Peer2Peer phone calls create a professional community in which you can learn, grow and succeed. More

Retailer going high-tech to bring shoppers back to stores
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Retailers hoping to lure back consumers shopping on the Web and via mobile devices have found a new weapon: interactive technology designed to bring the functionality of the Web to their stores. "Basically, I see this as an evolution that will change the way people shop," said Chris Aubrey, vice president of retail marketing for the global shoe company Adidas. Adidas is one of dozens of retailers using technology to create in-store kiosks or monitors to give shoppers all of the information and flexibility of the Internet inside the real world of brick-and-mortar stores. More

Williams-Sonoma must jump hurdles to return home
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It's not easy going home. Particularly if you're a behemoth commercial enterprise and home is a quaint, historic town. The first store of the upscale cookware giant Williams-Sonoma was in the heart of wine country. But only for two years, as founder Chuck Williams quickly realized what a money-maker he had and moved the store to the bigger market of San Francisco. The $3 billion chain with some 250 stores nationwide wants to come home. It hopes to open a smaller, boutique version of the typical Williams-Sonoma outlet at the original site More

Burberry reports strong sales growth
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High-spending traveling luxury goods consumers continued to shop at Burberry as the British luxury brand reported strong sales growth through the festive season. Burberry's signature outerwear and leather goods drove half of its total retail growth of 21 percent to £574m in the three months to Dec. 31. More

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Shoppers in the night: How Canadian, US prices fail to connect
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Cross-border shopping will never be made obsolete; two Statistics Canada studies published last week refute hopes for an eventual convergence of retail prices in the United States and Canada. One of the studies shows — not surprisingly — that price-level differences are especially recalcitrant for food products that are subject to supply management or marketing boards, and for alcoholic beverages and tobacco — which are under the influence of excise taxes and provincial government monopolies. More

Coach readies for boost from Chinese New Year
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Aspirational luxury retailer Coach may get a solid lift in sales as Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, approaches. China is the largest market for Coach outside the U.S., and with Chinese luxury spending expected to increase significantly in the week leading to Jan. 23, Coach may well witness its first 2012 bonanza. More

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New study 'Shopping Trends Among 18-25 Year-Olds' reveals technology use overrated
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The use of technology for shopping by 18-25 year olds is significantly overrated. In fact, more than 68% of the 18-25 year olds surveyed "prefer to shop in stores than online for apparel and shoes," according to the results of a new survey, "Shopping Trends Among 18-25 Year-Olds" by a group of LIM College students and in conjunction with the NRF Student Association. More

Dollar General has big plans for 2012
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Dollar General was among the discount stores that benefited from a more cautious consumer spending in 2011, and the retailer expects that momentum to continue in 2012. The company announced that it plans to open 625 new stores and add more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012. These new stores and jobs will be spread among Dollar General's 38-state operating area, plus California and Massachusetts. More

Banana Republic helps dress returning troops
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In an effort to help the thousands of troops returning home from serving overseas, Banana Republic has announced "Our Duty to You," a program created to help military personnel prepare for their next professional opportunities. "As our military personnel return home from their duties abroad, we are reminded of the enormous sacrifices they and their families have made for us," said Jack Calhoun, president of Banana Republic. More

Ralph Lauren: Très geek
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Ralph Lauren Corp. may be the retailer of choice for tradition-bound polo players and yacht dwellers, as its ubiquitous ads suggest. But the iconic American luxury retailer is in some ways more geek than chic. From virtual fashion shows to interactive store windows, Ralph Lauren has embraced digital marketing to a degree that might surprise anyone familiar with its 44-year-old heritage More

Edmonton an oasis of new retail space in Canada
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More retail space is under construction in Edmonton, Canada, than anywhere else in the nation, says a new report by commercial real estate firm CBRE. "This energy-based economy is really driving a lot of things in this city from residential construction to industrial demand, and when there's low unemployment, people are buying, so retailers are strong," said Dave Young, senior vice-president and managing director of CBRE's Edmonton office. More

Fast Casual segment heads into Q1 with new store openings
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Fast casual chains such as Baja Fresh, Fuddruckers and MOOYAH are among several concepts starting the new year with new openings across the United States. The openings symbolize the continued success of the fast casual segment, which saw unit growth of 5 percent during the 2011 fourth quarter. More

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What retailers can learn from the restaurant business
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Both restaurateurs and retailers can't succeed without doing a good job of making their customers feel good. Your steak might be great, but people can get a great steak in lots of places. Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, discusses the importance of hospitality at Retail's BIG Show 2012. More

Turkey's young shoppers choosing malls powers development boom
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Turkey, where jewelry, fabrics and spices have been haggled over in bazaars for centuries, was among the last European countries to embrace modern shopping centers. It's catching up quickly. Property developers attracted by one of the youngest populations in Europe are building malls at a faster rate than in any other country on the continent except Russia. Istanbul, Turkey's wealthiest and most populous city, is leading the way with about 30 centers in the pipeline. More
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