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U.S. retail sales rise as holiday promotions drive spending
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U.S. retail sales rose for the 13th straight week in the beginning of December as markdowns and holiday promotions spurred shoppers to spend. Sales at stores open at least a year climbed 2.6 percent in the week ended Dec. 5 from a year ago, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said in a statement. Sales declined 1.3 percent from the preceding week. More

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PRSM2010! National Conference is a veritable explosion of new ideas-a leading industry event that delivers a comprehensive and compelling look at retail facility management. Explore PRSM2010! where facility professionals build their skills, share their expertise and expand their industry knowledge. More

The retail outlook for 2010
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Last December, STORES predicted that economic pressures "should ease" by the second quarter of 2009, that sales of private-label merchandise would slip and that the electronic wallet would finally become a reality. Oops. More

How do the best retailers stay on top? Spend Visibility.
You are invited to participate in a three part webinar series hosted by USM and The Aberdeen Group that explores how a holistic approach to real estate and facilities management has driven bottom and top-line decisions for the nation's leading retailers. USM's COO, Rob Fiske, and Aberdeen Group's VP of Global Supply Management Research, Andrew Bartolini, discuss how an integrated, lifecycle approach is the key differentiator for top-performing enterprises - resulting in greater visibility, more efficient management of space and lower costs. MORE

7-Eleven to quadruple store growth in Northern California
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7-Eleven Inc. plans to add more than 50 new stores in Northern California by the end of 2011. After opening an expected seven locations this year, the company plans to add close to 20 more stores next year and nearly 30 in 2011. The retailer will add approximately 15 new stores in the Puget Sound area by the end of 2011, after opening one store in the area in each of the last two years. More

Build your facility department credibility
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association just released the white paper, Building Facilities Department Credibility written by the Facilities Department Team at Nike-North American Retail Operations. More

Retailers to get final credit card lawsuit payment
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More than 600,000 businesses across the country are getting an early Christmas present. About $1.1 billion will be paid to 634,000 merchants as part of the settlement of an antitrust lawsuit over Visa and MasterCard-branded debit cards. Payments were mailed out starting Tuesday and represent the final large-scale disbursement of the $3.4 billion settlement, which was negotiated in 2003 by New York-based law firm Constantine Cannon. The payments accelerate the original schedule, which was set to end in 2012. More

Nokia to close U.S. flagship stores
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Nokia will close its two flagship stores in the United States, a market where the world's top cell phone maker is struggling to gain ground. Nokia said it would close the stores in New York and Chicago as part of its retail strategy revamp to better focus on co-operation with telecommunications operators and with retailers. More

Retailers Share Best Practices for Managing Chemicals
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From a company like Apple that makes the majority of the products it sells to chains like Staples and Walmart that handle loads of products from suppliers, retailers have had to become more aware of the chemicals and ingredients in the products they offer. More

Leading retailers transform in-store experience to expand customer appeal
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Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company, surveyed 138 retailers (between October and November 2009) to reveal that the foremost business pressures prompting a renewed focus on in-store experience include dynamic nature of customer buying preferences due to current market uncertainties (40 percent, and growth in sales channel preferences (40 percent). The report, "The Automated and Connected Store: Next Generation Shopping Experience," shows that integration of web and in-store experiences, self-service, in-store workforce productivity, loyalty, and emergence of store-based mobile retailing tools can shape retail store revival in 2010. More

Walking Co in bankruptcy; wants to shut 90 stores
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U.S. shoe retailer The Walking Company Holdings Inc, has filed for bankruptcy protection, with a plan to close almost half of its stores. The company, which sells comfortable shoes at its namesake stores and also runs the Big Dogs sportswear clothing line, filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in California, saying it would seek approval to begin store closing sales at 90 of its 210 stores immediately. More

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