January 14, 2011 |
Teen clothing chain Anchor Blue Inc. has filed for bankruptcy again and will close all 117 stores, most of them in California. The Corona chain began holding a going-out-of-business sale late last week, with markdowns of 40% to 60%, according to firms that have been hired to run the liquidation. The sale will continue until all merchandise is sold. Founded four decades ago as Miller's Outpost, the chain specialized in selling jeans, casual wear and accessories. By 1989 the popular family-oriented apparel chain had expanded to more than 300 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and other states.
December 22, 2012 |
When a toy designer's young daughter becomes fascinated by the gel-like beads in a flower vase, there is only one conclusion to draw: "There has got to be a toy in here somewhere," says Ron Brawer, a partner in the Maya Group and a toy industry veteran. The fast-growing Torrance company has gone on to develop dozens of playthings based on those transparent polymer pellets. One of those toys, a modified water gun called the Xploderz XBlaster 200, was a finalist for the 2012 Outdoor Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Assn.
February 9, 2001 |
School uniform sales grew by 22% over the last two years, reaching $1.1 billion in 2000, according to NPD Group Inc., a Port Washington, N.Y.-based research firm. A survey of 9,000 U.S. households found that 14% of respondents with school-age children had at least one child who is required to wear a uniform. Uniforms now account for 5% of the $20.4-billion children's apparel market. NPD described uniform sales as a "significant share" of the overall children's apparel market.
October 6, 2004 |
Most Americans are planning to curb their holiday spending this year, making it a challenging shopping season for U.S. retailers, according to a holiday buying survey by NPD Group. Nine out of 10 consumers said they would spend the same amount as or less than they did in 2003. Americans plan to spend an average of $655 this holiday season, the survey showed Tuesday.
December 30, 2013 |
While Apple and Microsoft saw their share of laptops sold to businesses and other organizations in the U.S. decrease in 2013, Google dramatically increased its portion of sales. From January through November, Google sold 1.76 million Chromebook laptops in the U.S., up from 400,000 during the same period in 2012, according to a recent report by NPD Group . that tracked sales through commercial channels. That includes devices that were sold to businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations.
September 21, 1999 |
Sega's new Dreamcast video game system generated an estimated $111 million in retail sales in the U.S. during its first three days on sale, according to NPD Group Inc., a Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm. Dreamcast's surge pushed overall sales for the video game market up by 133% for the week ended Sept. 11, NPD said, with Sega Dreamcast accounting for 88% of the growth.
April 21, 2004 |
U.S. video game hardware and software sales fell 1% in the first quarter of 2004 compared with a year earlier, largely because of a sharp decline in console sales, market research firm NPD Group Inc. said. Total U.S. retail sales were $1.8 billion, down from $1.9 billion a year earlier, NPD said. Console hardware sales fell to $336 million from $445 million in the same quarter last year, while sales of software for hand-held games fell to $157 million from $167 million.