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Retail sales beat expectations
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Retail sales rose in February, the government said Friday, surprising economists who expected a decline. The Commerce Department said total retail sales edged up 0.3 percent to $355.5 billion last month. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had anticipated that February sales would drop 0.2 percent. February retail sales jumped 3.9 percent compared to the same month in 2009. Consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, and related reports such as retail sales are used to gauge whether a recovery is underway. More



Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association Board of Directors elects 2010-2011 officers
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) Board of Directors elected its 2010-2011 Officers at its March Board Meeting in Dallas. Newly elected Board President Paul Walsh has over 20 years of experience in facilities management with the past seven years at Gap, Inc. "I am honored to be elected by my peers to lead our Association. I am extremely excited about the future of PRSM as we move into a new decade. Our board and the staff are looking ahead to insure that PRSM not only meets the ongoing needs of our members but anticipates what those needs will be in the future," says Walsh. More

American Eagle goes international
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Pittsburgh-based American Eagle Outfitters announced the launch of its first stores outside of North America. The company, which operates 938 stores in the United States and Canada, opens a 9,400-square-foot flagship store in Dubai on March 16. On March 25, an 8,500-square-foot flagship opens in Kuwait City. More

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7-Eleven opens first green store
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Walls six inches thick, a trellised outdoor dining area, prismatic skylights, high-efficiency lighting and cooling are among the eco-friendly features of the first 7-Eleven to be designed to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standards. More

Riding the luxury retail rebound
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One year after the stock market bottom luxury retail stocks have soared, even though sales are still far below peaks of three years ago. Despite a still sluggish job market and shaky consumer confidence, several luxury retailers have reported several straight months of positive comparable sales growth. More



Bath & Body Works headquarters to save $140K after retrofit
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After an energy and water-efficiency retrofit of its headquarters building, Bath & Body Works expects to save about $140,000 a year, said Robin Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Limited Brands, which owns Bath & Body Works. In all, the projects will help Bath & Body Works tally an annual carbon dioxide reduction of 1,736,158 pounds, Hoffman said. More

More green predicted for St. Patrick's Day
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St. Patrick's Day revelries could get a bit of a lift this year from an improving economy, according to the National Retail Federation. The recession put a damper on spending for nearly all holidays last year, and last March 17, that meant that marking the day was largely limited to wearing a loud green tie and not spending much money. More

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Gymboree jumps; Street likes Crazy 8, overseas moves
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Shares of children's clothing retailer Gymboree Corp. jumped 10 percent, their highest percentage gain since August, after the company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and first-quarter outlook and said it's accelerating its expansion for its lower-priced chain Crazy 8. More

Movie Gallery files Chapter 11
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The Movie Gallery's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is slated to lead to the closure of 760 American stores operating under the 'Movie Gallery,' 'Hollywood Video' and 'Game Crazy' names. Impact on the California retail industry is enormous and … foreseeable? More

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Wal-Mart restores 300 items after store visits fall
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, returned about 300 items to its U.S. stores after their removal last year hurt shopper traffic. Wal-Mart restored some flavors and package sizes of food products and other consumable goods, even though they didn't sell well when they were previously on the shelves, Bill Simon, chief operating officer of U.S. stores, said. The items accounted for a small percentage of the merchandise varieties the retailer removed last year, he said. More



Samsung unwraps a new e-book reader
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Samsung unwrapped its long-awaited e-book reader for the American market, and it's a curious combination of useful features and an important missing feature. The eReader E60 from Samsung will enable users to annotate text and share content with others.The $299 Samsung eReader E60 will lack 3G cellular capabilities when it ships this spring, a notable omission when compared with the current market leaders, the Kindle from Amazon and the Nook from Barnes & Noble, both of which are priced lower, at $259. More

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