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PRSM widens its focus on Europe
Dallas Business Journal via PRSM    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As many Dallas retailers look to Europe for expansion, the Dallas association that helps them share resources to maintain their stores is increasing its presence there, too. The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) is composed of 780 members that are retailers and their vendors, including big name companies such as The Container Store, Fossil, Neiman Marcus, Tuesday Morning, J.C. Penney, Michaels and GameStop. More

PRSM assists retail facility managers with creating strategic plans
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, released a white paper that offers guidelines and insights into strategic planning for retail facilities maintenance and management. The white paper, titled "Creating a Retail Facilities Strategic Plan," is intended to demystify the strategic planning process and provides a step-by-step guide to leading a facilities team through the creation of a strategic plan. More

Dwayne Richardson earns highest professional credential in the retail facility maintenance industry
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) is proud to announce that Dwayne Richardson, operations support manager of Tijuana Flats Burrito Company, earned the Retail Facility Maintenance Professional (RFMP) credential. The distinguished recognition demonstrates Richardson's superior knowledge and understanding of the roles, responsibilities and activities involved in facility maintenance. Less than 1 percent of all facility management industry professionals have achieved this mark of excellence. More

US households plan to spend an average of $497 this holiday season    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. households are expected to spend an average of $497 on gifts this holiday season, The Conference Board reports. Only 7 percent of consumers said they plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year, while approximately 40 percent plan on spending less than last year. The survey of holiday gift spending intentions, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen. More

Survey: Cross border shopping on the decline
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Fewer Vancouver residents plan to cross the U.S. border to shop this holiday season, spelling good news for local retailers, according to a new Deloitte survey. Just 50 percent of respondents to the 2011 Holiday Outlook Survey said they are likely to cross-border shop compared with 65 per cent last year, said Rick Kohn, associate partner at Deloitte's Vancouver retail practice. More

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America's hottest clothing chains
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The average American shells out in excess of $1,700 a year on their wardrobe. That's billions of dollars spent on apparel alone in the U.S. With this much up for grabs, it's no wonder stores are jousting fervently for our business. And there's a clear winner amongst the competitors: Kohl's has seized the top spot as the nation's favorite fashion retail chain. More
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Kohl's 3rd quarter profits up 20 percent   (The Associated Press via WTMJ-TV)

Gap sees China becoming billion-dollar business in 3-4 years
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Gap Inc. expects China to become a billion-dollar business in three to four years as the largest U.S. apparel chain operator speeds up expansion there, said David Zoba, its senior vice president for global real estate. The clothing retailer, which has eight stores in China, aims to lift the number to 15, including its first shop in Hong Kong, by the end of its fiscal year on Jan. 31, Zoba said in an interview in Shanghai yesterday. Gap plans to have as many as 45 namesake stores in the country 12 months after that, he said. More

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Westfield says US shopping malls performing well
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Shopping mall giant Westfield Group forecast modest growth in calendar 2011 operating earnings from its U.S. portfolio as retail sales improve and it fills vacant spaces left by the collapse of the Borders bookstore chain. The Australian company also said that a closely-watched sale process for some "non-core" U.S. malls is progressing "quite well" and that it's talking to four or five interested parties. More

Retailers, restaurants offer Veterans Day freebies
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Vets on a tight budget can put away their wallets over the next few days. Some of the nation's largest retailers are offering a satchel full of freebies to veterans and active military members in honor of Veterans Day. Most of the freebies require proof of military service. Many are restricted to specific hours, but some of the giveaways begin earlier and have fewer restrictions. More

Macy's plans 3 new stores
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Macy's Inc. will open three more new stores by 2014 — in the Bronx borough of New York City, Bay Shore, N.Y. and Victorville, Calif. The Bronx, N.Y. location will be a three-level, 160,000-square-foot store. More

Walmart's Black Friday ad predicts holiday shopping patterns
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Walmart released its Black Friday ad and it tells a lot about about the upcoming holiday season. First, the 29 page ad is loaded not just with low prices, but top national brands. Black Friday doorbusters are often second or third tier brands. Getting 20 to 50 percent off a small kitchen appliance seems like a great deal, but when it breaks in a couple of months or doesn't have the latest features, it looks like money poorly spent and gathering. More

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Advance Auto Parts 3Q profit jumped 20.5 percent
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Car parts retailer Advance Auto Parts Inc. said that its third-quarter profit rose 20.5 percent as sales grew and it cut expenses. The company earned $105.6 million, or $1.41 per share, for the quarter that ended Oct. 8. That was up from $87.6 million, or $1.03 per share, during the quarter that ended Oct. 9, 2010. Revenue rose 4.2 percent to $1.46 billion, from $1.41 billion a year ago. More

Carphone Warehouse closing UK Best Buy stores
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Carphone Warehouse Group PLC is closing its 11 Best Buy "big box" electronics stores, launched in April last year, as part of a reorganization of its relationship with the U.S. retailer. The stores competed in a tough market for brick-and-mortar electronic retailers, and Roger Taylor, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse, said that they lacked the national reach to achieve scale and brand economies. More

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US shopping center industry adds 7, 000 jobs in October
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The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that overall U.S. payroll employment rose by 80, 000 jobs in October following another large upward revision to the prior two months, which contributed to the unemployment rate slipping to 9.0 percent from 9.1 percent in September. Shopping center industry jobs rose by 7,000 in October following a large 22,000 increase in September. More

Landry's Restaurants to buy McCormick & Schmick's
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After months of hostile volleys, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants has succumbed to a takeover bid from Landry's Restaurants Inc., which owns the Rainforest Cafe and other chains. In a deal valued at $131.6 million, Houston-based Landry's will buy McCormick & Schmick's for $8.75 a share — a 29 percent premium above McCormick's closing price. More
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