U.S. Retail Sales Rebound in April

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Retail sales excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants rose 0.6 percent in April seasonally adjusted from the previous month and increased 3.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year. Strengthening employment data, increasing housing prices and a record-breaking stock market may have provided consumers the confidence they needed to shop last month. “In the face of higher taxes and […]



Consumer Electronics Spending Up 65 Percent

Chase Freedom Lifestyle Index

Chase cardholders were generous gift-givers in Q4 2012, which recorded significant increases in a number of retail categories.




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Inventory Forecasting

Is your cash tied up in unsold inventory? If so, the following questions should be addressed: How did it get there? What can be done to get it out? How can you prevent the same thing from happening again? Clearly you are purchasing more than you are capable of selling. The extra inventory is carried […]



Retailers Work Through Five Stages of Grief Towards Economic Recovery

Slow Business

When a retailer first notices slow business in general or items not selling as they should, denial is often the first emotion felt.




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Holiday Sales Require Deeper Customer Connections

Customer Connection

Deeper connections with consumers can help drive higher levels of purchase intent, response rates, online engagement and advocacy.




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Consumers Tell Retailers How They Feel via Video Research

Consumer Video Research

An inside look into what customers love and loathe could mean the difference between record sales or bankruptcy.




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Independent Bookstores Making Profit Beyond the Bookshelves

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With a sluggish economy and the Green movement pitted against bookstores, a new innovative business model needed to be put into place.




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Independent Retailers and Mom Sharing a Little Prosperity

Mothers Day Shopping

Mother’s Day is prosperous for both moms and merchants, as independent retailers see an influx in holiday shopping.




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Independent Retailers Keep Customers with Culture and Cards

Loyal Customer Shopping

Constant focus on new customers may cause you to neglect your already loyal customers.




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Retail Shoppers’ Spending Rose in March, Despite Predictions

MarchSMALL

Higher gas prices and cooler temperatures failed to dissuade shoppers from hitting the stores last month, much to retailers’ delight.




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