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10/01/2009 - Green Profits: Take A Deep Breath
As we prepare for winter, consumers in many parts of the country are adjusting to colder weather, closed windows and stagnant indoor air, and they are purchasing air care products in order to cope.
04/01/2009 - NRF Defends Same As Cash
The National Retail Federation has asked Congress to overturn recent Federal Reserve regulations that would effectively ban popular "same as cash" offers.
04/01/2009 - Landlords Loosen Up
Better late than never seems to be the new theme for retail landlords. Instead of simply evicting struggling tenants, several retail developer/managers are deferring rents to maintain occupancy levels.
04/01/2009 - Discounters Reign
Consumers will continue to be more focused on discounts and essentials, putting discount and warehouse stores in a better position than luxury and upscale apparel chains this year.
03/01/2009 - Home Depot Drops EXPO
The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, based in Atlanta, is exiting its EXPO business.
01/01/2009 - USPS Rates Rise
The U.S. Postal Service has announced across the board shipping rate increases averaging five percent. They begin January 18th.
12/01/2008 - High-Flying Sales at HobbyTron.com
HobbyTron.com was founded more than eight years ago as a niche retail provider for enthusiasts of electronic kits.
11/01/2008 - Challenging Holiday Season
Forecasters see gains in retail sales over the holidays, but the gains are expected to be less than in years past.
09/01/2008 - Health, Home & Housewares Trends
With the "green" movement leading the way, increasingly conscientious Americans also want to eat better, improve their home environment and escape to the great outdoors.
04/01/2008 - Tax Refunds
Millions of Americans are eagerly awaiting a tax refund from Uncle Sam.
04/01/2008 - Owners Express Confidence
U.S. small business confidence improved this February for the first time since July, according to Discover's Small Business Watch index.
02/01/2008 - Durable Spending Slips
An index established by Deloitte Touche to track consumer spending on durable goods offers a less than positive outlook.
08/01/2007 - Slow Back To School Sales?
This year's back to school season may not result in sales increases at teen oriented retailers, predicts a research report by Cowen & Co., an investment firm based in New York City.
05/01/2007 - Coping With The HOUSING Market
A study by Deloitte Touch, based on concerns that consumer spending may slowdown due to continued weakness in the HOUSING market.
04/01/2007 - Housewares Unhurt by HOUSING Slump
The housewares market has not suffered from a softening of the HOUSING market, according to the International Housewares Association.
04/01/2007 - Buyers Happy As Spending Grows
American consumers are a happy lot, and that bodes well for retailers this year. The University of Michigan's latest customer satisfaction index suggests spending will grow as much a 4.1 percent this quarter.