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Holiday retail sales look brighter than before
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An influential retail trade group raised its forecast for U.S. holiday retail sales, citing strong results in November and expectations that consumers still have more shopping to do. The National Retail Federation said it now expects holiday sales to rise 3.8 percent to a record $469.1 billion. That is up from the group's October forecast, which called for growth of 2.8 percent. The new forecast is still lower than the 5.2 percent growth seen last year, but is above the 10-year average increase of 2.6 percent. More



Consumer confidence in US improves on job gains
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Consumer confidence in the U.S. rose to the highest level in two months, a sign that job gains may be lifting sentiment during the holiday shopping season. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index was at minus 49.9 in the period ended Dec. 11, after a reading of minus 50.3 the prior week. Confidence among Americans with full-time jobs climbed to the highest level in almost five months. More

After years of saving, shoppers treat themselves
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After years of scrimping, saving and self-sacrifice, consumers are treating themselves to everything from fragrances to flat-screen TVs this holiday shopping season. More than a third of consumers — 36 percent — plan to buy gifts for themselves this year, up from 29 percent last year, according to an America's Research Group/UBS survey. More

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Malls in Canada filled with busy shoppers
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Calgary's busiest shopping malls in Canada will get even busier in the next two weeks as the countdown to Christmas Day begins. In fact, two of the city's most popular — and busiest — malls, Chinook Centre and Market Mall, say they could each see upwards of 1.7 million shoppers walk through their doors in the month of December. More

Pier 1 says'robust' sales drive 3rd quarter profit increase
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Pier 1 Imports' third-quarter profit rose to $23 million from $21 million, on "robust" sales and strong profit margins, the Fort Worth home furnishings retailer said. This year's quarter included a $12.4 million income tax provision, compared to $500,000 income tax provision for the previous year's third quarter. More



The RoomStore files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
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The RoomStore Inc., the last vestige of former home-furnishings giant Heilig-Meyers Co., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid declining sales and mounting debt. The Goochland County-based retailer said it hopes this trip through Bankruptcy Court — it emerged in June 2005 as the final product of its former parent company — will restore the RoomStore to long-term financial health. More

Tax breaks for Sears, CME head to governor
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While a tax-break package aimed at keeping Sears Holdings Corp. and Chicago's financial exchanges from exiting the state cleared the General Assembly, Illinois' business tax policies will continue to be a hot-button issue in the coming year. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said they expect the parade of companies seeking special relief to continue, creating pressure to further examine how the state taxes business. More

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Retail sales are helping economy grow consistently
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Economic growth is picking up in the final three months of the year, fueled by higher consumer spending, rising business stockpiles and modest increases in hiring. The start of the holiday shopping season in November helped produce the sixth straight monthly increase in retail sales. Gift-buying Americans spent more on clothing and electronics, and sales of autos and furniture also rose. Job openings declined slightly in October. But they were still at the second-highest level in three years. More

Consumers spent $1.1 billion on Green Monday, up 19 percent
from last year

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U.S. consumers spent $1.1 billion on Green Monday, up 19 percent from the same day last year according to comScore. Green Monday was the third heaviest day behind the record-setting Cyber Monday, when consumers spent $1.25 billion, and Monday Dec. 5, when consumers spent $1.17 billion. More



Winn-Dixie gives to 100-plus Southeast charities
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The Winn-Dixie Foundation is investing almost $1.4 million in neighborhoods across its Southeast footprint through partnerships with 116 nonprofit organizations that offer a broad range of critical services. By providing grants to programs that feed the hungry, assist needy women and children, help the sick, and address inequalities in education and health, the Winn-Dixie Foundation aims to improve living conditions for its neighbors in five Southeast states. More

Predictions 2012: What's in store for retail in 2012
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As we were putting the finishing touches on STORES' annual predictions for the coming year there was a flurry of retail news, including holiday forecasts and third-quarter sales figures. There was also a handful of stories that leave one contemplating just how different the future of retail might be. More

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Quick, find a parking space
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Circling around a parking lot hunting for a space is one of most irritating experiences, especially this time of year. Truth is, though, there are usually available spots—most mall lots fill to just 30 percent to 35 percent of capacity, research shows. Shoppers in a rush just don't want to walk. ... At Garden State Plaza outside New York City, mall developer Westfield Group has a new system from engineering firm Park Assist that uses overhead sensors and cameras to identify open spots. More



UK retail sales fell 0.4 percent in November
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Widespread discounting on the High Street failed to stop retail sales falling by 0.4 percent in November from the month before. Excluding spending on fuel, retail sales fell 0.7 percent on the month, according the Office for National Statistics. More
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