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December 26, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Shoppers waylaid by "fiscal cliff" fears and winter storms spent sparingly in the months before Christmas, according to new data, but retailers are still holding out for a post-holiday bump. From Oct. 28 through Dec. 24, sales of items such as clothing, home goods and electronics rose 0.7% compared with the same period last year, according to the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report. In 2011, spending rose 2%, more than double this year's pace. The last two months' performance, which also includes online sales, was the worst since 2008, according to the report.
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BUSINESS
October 4, 2012 | By Shan Li
After splurging on back-to-school, shoppers took a break from the malls in September in advance of what is expected to be a decent holiday season. Major chains posted a 0.8% increase in retail sales in September compared with the same month a year earlier, slightly below analysts' expectations of a 1.6% rise, according to Thomson Reuters' tally of 19 retailers. "The holiday season will be a solid success but won't have numbers off the charts," said Barbara Kahn, director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
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August 19, 2012 | By Caroline Ryder, Los Angeles Times
We asked PacSun Chief Executive Gary Schoenfeld and Hot Topic Vice President Cindy Levitt what's hot for back-to-school this season. Clearly, denim is still the top-of-the-closet favorite. Hot Topic The look: Skinny jeans in black or red or deconstructed. Combat boots paired with a dress, tights, a hoodie and a little jacket. A backpack. Emerging: Panel-leg skinny jeans. Vests. Studs, spikes and pins to DIY-embellish backpacks and vests. Classic rock, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez and Shan Li
Discount retailer Target Corp. joined the growing throng of merchants kicking off their holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving.  Target, which previously declined to confirm speculation it would open stores Thanksgiving night, said Monday that stores would open at 9 p.m., right after most people are finishing turkey feasts. “We thought long and hard about when the right opening time would be,” Kathee Tesija, Target's executive vice president of merchandising, told the Associated Press.  She said that 9 p.m. struck “a perfect balance” for its customers.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2012
Stocks are opening mostly higher on Wall Street following an encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from retail chains. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 35 points to 13,530 shortly after the opening bell Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose four points to 1,454 and the Nasdaq composite edged down one point to 3,134. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to 367,000 last week, fewer than economists had been expecting. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.64 percent from 1.62 percent late Wednesday.
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November 13, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
It's catalog season, the time of year when our mailboxes sag with accumulated paper and retailers nationwide cross their fingers. But even though print continues to dominate the world of presentation, the digital revolution promises to transform the shopping experience. More than 20 billion catalogs were mailed in the U.S. last year, about a quarter of which were devoted to fashion. Apparel brands mail more catalogs than any other class of retailer - usually between 12 and 24 catalogs each year because as fashionable as, say, maxi skirts are this season, next year no one will want to be wearing them.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2010 | By Sandra M. Jones
As Americans' love affair with shopping cools, retailers are venturing overseas in search of growth. Bloomingdale's and Crate & Barrel each opened their first store outside the U.S. in Dubai this year. Abercrombie & Fitch just opened its first store in London. Sears has begun shipping tools and clothing to 90 countries. Macy's is looking at going into China. And Target, the discount chain that for a decade has resisted Wall Street pressure to expand internationally, revealed this spring that it wants to open stores outside the U.S. and is looking at Canada, Mexico and Latin America.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Retail sales during the prime back-to-school shopping month of September grew more than the prior month but were still muffled by heavy head winds. The gauge of same-store sales, which calculates sales at stores open for more than a year, rose “a modest” 4% compared to September 2012, according to Retail Metrics Inc. But Ken Perkins, president of the research firm, had projected a 4.1% upswing. Without the strong performance of drugstores -- Walgreens' sales soared 7.4% last month -- the retail sales measure increased 2.8%.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Weather in February was once again a roadblock for retailers, who said sales figures for the month missed already modest expectations. One gauge from Thomson Reuters found that same-store sales rose 1.8% last month, falling short of a projected 2.8% rise at stores open a year or longer. Without the effect of drugstores, retailers turned in a 0.3% sales increase, the worst showing since a 2.4% decrease in August 2009. Analysts had expected a 1.9% boost. Some segments, however, showed surprising health, or at least the promise of it. The clothing sector, not including Gap, beat estimates by swelling 1.3%.
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August 5, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
A cadre of chefs, restaurants and cooking enthusiasts with a mutual love of olive oil are accusing several companies of diluting the product with cheaper alternatives while still branding it as "extra virgin." The group filed a complaint in Orange County Superior Court this week claiming that several retailers and olive oil producers, including such varied outlets as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Bristol Farms, have misled Californians for years about the actual quality of the olive oil on sale.
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