An infographic analysis of data from several sources reveals strengthening in the e-commerce marketplace.
Retailers are more optimistic about seasonal hiring, with 83 percent saying they expect to hire the same number or more workers than they did last year, according to new data from the Hay Group consulting firm. But those same retailers say they expect to delay that hiring until they get a better indication of impending […]
Concerns were borne out by numbers when it was revealed shoppers cut back on back-to-school purchases. Are the holidays next?
Consumers spent only slight more this August than last, reflecting fears that the hoped-for economic recovery might still be a ways off, the AP reports. Citing the latest MasterCard Spending Pulse survey, the numbers confirm what many retailers had been talking about: back-to-school spending was off, and might be a portent of a slack holiday […]
The Conference Board says consumers’ confidence in the economy was up slightly in August, a good sign for struggling retailers.
Dollar General Corp posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profits today as it attracted bargain-seeking consumers who spent more per visit, and the discount retailer raised its profit outlook, Reuters reports. The retailer said it saw the number of shoppers and average transaction amounts rise during the second quarter, which included July, when consumer sentiment hit a […]
A slight boost in consumer buying late last winter caused some retailers to increase inventory, but the gradual slowing of the economy — again— may impact the expected recovery. As such, “incremental increases in retailer inventories … are certainly going to hurt as they struggle to clear merchandise from what’s been a slow summer,” Ken […]
Retailers seeing an ebb and flow of business have noticed something: Purchases rise around paydays. Is this a new trend?
Beleaguered school districts are asking parents to send their kids to school with garbage bags, plastic cutlery and even toilet paper.
A number of retail segments are reporting some notable bright spots this year, according to research reported by NPD Group, a market analysis firm. Fashion and big appliances were the real winners, with dollar sales up 16 to 17 percent. Here’s a survey of the latest results: Fashion Accessories: The entire category was up 17 […]