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November 6, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Retailers throughout the nation on Thursday reported that sales picked up in October from the sluggish pace of the previous two months, raising hopes for a robust Christmas selling season. But California's continued economic sluggishness hurt retailers operating in the state, portending a less merry holiday season here, analysts said. Nationwide, major retailers posted an average 7% to 8% gain from a year ago in comparable store sales, according to two industry surveys.
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January 10, 1997 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retail sales growth in California outpaced the nation for the first time in nine years as December business fell short of expectations, according to retailers and industry analysts. Nationwide, December sales increased by 3.5% to 4.5%--a full percentage point below the most modest predictions--as consumers showed restraint in the face of heavy credit card debt. Sears and Kmart were among those reporting the strongest monthly increases on Thursday. However, industry analysts said Kmart's 11.
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BUSINESS
October 30, 1990 | HARRY ANDERSON
What a place. We spent $5.3 billion on furniture and home furnishings in California in 1987. That was more than five times what we spent at bakeries, more than four times what we spent at hardware stores and more than twice what we spent at liquor stores. According to a survey by Sales & Marketing Management magazine, the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area is the richest market in the nation, as measured by "effective buying income."
NEWS
February 25, 1995
Total gun purchases in California dropped 6.6% last year, led by a large decline in handgun sales, state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren said Friday. The attorney general said 599,672 firearms were bought last year, compared with a record 642,197 in 1993. Sales of handguns were down nearly 12%, from 433,822 to 382,085. Purchases of rifles and shotguns, however, were up 4.4%, from 208,375 to 217,587.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1993 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surge in December sales provided the nation's retailers with their best Christmas season in four years, according to reports Thursday that show a strong year-end performance for department stores, discounters and specialty apparel shops. But there was no Christmas cheer for Southern California retailers: Analysts' estimates ranged from a 3% sales drop compared to December, 1991, to a weak 3% gain over the year-ago period.
BUSINESS
April 8, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most of the nation's major retailers reported higher sales than expected in March as warmer weather and an early Easter prompted a buying spree in spring apparel, marking an end to months of pent-up demand for clothing. There were also signs of some economic recovery in California, which has trailed the rest of the nation in retail activity since 1990, as sales surged at retail chains with a major presence in the state.
BUSINESS
January 10, 1997 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retail sales growth in California outpaced the nation for the first time in nine years as December business fell short of expectations, according to retailers and industry analysts. Nationwide, December sales increased by 3.5% to 4.5%--a full percentage point below the most modest predictions--as consumers showed restraint in the face of heavy credit card debt. Sears and Kmart were among those reporting the strongest monthly increases on Thursday. However, industry analysts said Kmart's 11.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1992 | DONNA K. H. WALTERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"As long as I can put a tree in every house and it doesn't cost me money, I'll do it," Christmas tree lot owner Larry Cude says. Cude's philosophy, founded on a willingness to bargain and a transparent enjoyment of his lifelong trade, meant that last year--when the live Christmas tree business was in the dumps--Cude closed down his Pasadena lot a full four days before the holiday with only 16 of 6,000 trees unsold.
NEWS
November 28, 1994 | DONNA K. H. WALTERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Californians pulled credit cards, checks and even some cold cash out of their wallets this past weekend, leading the country in the rousing start of the 1994 holiday shopping season. Shoppers around the state who used checks to pay for their purchases spent nearly 10% more Friday than they did a year ago. It was the largest increase of any state in the nation and is strong evidence that California is headed for a second straight season of higher sales.
NEWS
February 25, 1995
Total gun purchases in California dropped 6.6% last year, led by a large decline in handgun sales, state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren said Friday. The attorney general said 599,672 firearms were bought last year, compared with a record 642,197 in 1993. Sales of handguns were down nearly 12%, from 433,822 to 382,085. Purchases of rifles and shotguns, however, were up 4.4%, from 208,375 to 217,587.
NEWS
February 25, 1995
Total gun purchases in California dropped 6.6% last year, led by a large decline in handgun sales, state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren said Friday. The attorney general said 599,672 firearms were bought last year, compared to a record 642,197 in 1993. Sales of handguns were down nearly 12%, from 433,822 to 382,085. Purchases of rifles and shotguns, however, were up 4.4%, from 208,375 to 217,587.
NEWS
November 28, 1994 | DONNA K. H. WALTERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Californians pulled credit cards, checks and even some cold cash out of their wallets this past weekend, leading the country in the rousing start of the 1994 holiday shopping season. Shoppers around the state who used checks to pay for their purchases spent nearly 10% more Friday than they did a year ago. It was the largest increase of any state in the nation and is strong evidence that California is headed for a second straight season of higher sales.
BUSINESS
April 14, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Report Lauds Medical Instrument Makers: California's medical instrument manufacturers generated $6.3 billion in revenue in 1991, more than the combined total for companies in the states ranked second, third and fourth, the state Trade and Commerce Agency said in a report released with survey results last month. The agency cited the burgeoning medical instruments industry as proof of "the state's superiority in bringing together a variety of high technologies to manufacture a complex product."
BUSINESS
April 8, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most of the nation's major retailers reported higher sales than expected in March as warmer weather and an early Easter prompted a buying spree in spring apparel, marking an end to months of pent-up demand for clothing. There were also signs of some economic recovery in California, which has trailed the rest of the nation in retail activity since 1990, as sales surged at retail chains with a major presence in the state.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1993 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surge in December sales provided the nation's retailers with their best Christmas season in four years, according to reports Thursday that show a strong year-end performance for department stores, discounters and specialty apparel shops. But there was no Christmas cheer for Southern California retailers: Analysts' estimates ranged from a 3% sales drop compared to December, 1991, to a weak 3% gain over the year-ago period.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1992 | DONNA K. H. WALTERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"As long as I can put a tree in every house and it doesn't cost me money, I'll do it," Christmas tree lot owner Larry Cude says. Cude's philosophy, founded on a willingness to bargain and a transparent enjoyment of his lifelong trade, meant that last year--when the live Christmas tree business was in the dumps--Cude closed down his Pasadena lot a full four days before the holiday with only 16 of 6,000 trees unsold.
NEWS
February 25, 1995
Total gun purchases in California dropped 6.6% last year, led by a large decline in handgun sales, state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren said Friday. The attorney general said 599,672 firearms were bought last year, compared to a record 642,197 in 1993. Sales of handguns were down nearly 12%, from 433,822 to 382,085. Purchases of rifles and shotguns, however, were up 4.4%, from 208,375 to 217,587.
BUSINESS
April 14, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Report Lauds Medical Instrument Makers: California's medical instrument manufacturers generated $6.3 billion in revenue in 1991, more than the combined total for companies in the states ranked second, third and fourth, the state Trade and Commerce Agency said in a report released with survey results last month. The agency cited the burgeoning medical instruments industry as proof of "the state's superiority in bringing together a variety of high technologies to manufacture a complex product."
BUSINESS
November 6, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Retailers throughout the nation on Thursday reported that sales picked up in October from the sluggish pace of the previous two months, raising hopes for a robust Christmas selling season. But California's continued economic sluggishness hurt retailers operating in the state, portending a less merry holiday season here, analysts said. Nationwide, major retailers posted an average 7% to 8% gain from a year ago in comparable store sales, according to two industry surveys.
BUSINESS
October 30, 1990 | HARRY ANDERSON
What a place. We spent $5.3 billion on furniture and home furnishings in California in 1987. That was more than five times what we spent at bakeries, more than four times what we spent at hardware stores and more than twice what we spent at liquor stores. According to a survey by Sales & Marketing Management magazine, the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area is the richest market in the nation, as measured by "effective buying income."
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