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1. Lululemon resorts to deep discounts on winter goods

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

Shares in Canada-based Lululemon Athletic dipped 3.1% Monday on analysts' reports that the yoga wear retailer's US stores had significant amounts winter gear on sale for up to 50% off. "This suggests to us that the excess inventory issues are more widespread and not just weather related," said analyst Camilo Lyon. Financial Post (Canada) (23 Mar.)


2. McDonald's takes the love worldwide in day of promotions

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

McDonald's is launching promotions in 24 cities around the world today, the latest move in the chain's ongoing "I'm lovin' it" campaign. The promotion, designed to woo younger consumers, will start in Sydney, Australia, where customers will get a chance to play in a coffee-cup shaped ball pit. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (23 Mar.)


3. Sephora wins a bigger share of Canada's beauty market

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Sephora has grown to include about 50 stores in Canada since opening its first location there in 2004, and its sales in the country are expected to reach about $59 million this year, according to an IBISWorld report by Carter. Sephora's success north of the border is due in part to the fact that the retailer is winning over fans who want to browse and try products at their own pace, beauty blogger Jessica Desjardins said. Toronto Star, The (19 Mar.)


4. H&M to move into more global markets in 2015

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Hennes & Mauritz will open 400 new stores this year, primarily in the US and China, to end 2015 with about 3,950 worldwide locations, the company said Tuesday. Sweden-based H&M, which opened its first store in Taipei, Taiwan, last month, will enter new markets including Peru, Macau, South Africa and India. Guardian (London), The (24 Mar.)


5. Macy's looks to Asia for growth

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Top Macy's executives have made several recent trips to China to study the market and determine the best course for building a presence there, said Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet. The US department store is taking steps to expand internationally in other markets, starting with Dubai where it will open its first namesake and second Bloomingdale's stores. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (24 Mar.)


6. ALDI may launch online sales in the UK, reports say

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

German discount grocer ALDI is reportedly crafting a plan to launch online retail sales in the UK, with an eye on expanding to other European countries. The company hasn't commented on its plans, but it has been hiring consultants and experts to flesh out its online strategy, insiders said. Grocer (U.K.), The (19 Mar.) Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (19 Mar.)


7. Falling loonie keeps Canadian day trippers at home

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

The Canadian dollar has fallen 14% against the US dollar in the past six months, and the devaluation has slowed cross-border shopping trips to the US. Same-day car trips from Canada to the US fell 6% in January, according to Statistics Canada. "The casual cross-border shopper has been knocked out of the game," said Douglas Porter, chief economist at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (19 Mar.)


8. La Vie en Rose to buy Bikini Village out of bankruptcy

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Canada's Boutique La Vie en Rose will acquire bankrupt retailer Bikini Village for less than $4 million, with an immediate plan to keep 48 of its 52 stores open and a long-term goal of expanding the swimwear brand internationally. Swimwear and lingerie retailer La Vie en Rose has 180 stores in Canada and 75 other locations in 14 countries. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (24 Mar.)


9. Li & Fung CEO: Retail discounting likely to continue

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Retail discounting may be "the new normal," said Spencer Fung, CEO of Li & Fung. The Hong Kong-based supplier to major retailers including Wal-Mart reported an 18% drop in operating profits last year, as retailers continued to cut prices. US consumers opted for big-ticket purchases over fashions and accessories, and the economy in Europe remained sluggish. Bloomberg (20 Mar.)


10. Teen fashion designer makes her mark with creative entrepreneurship

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

At age 13, Isabella Rose Taylor became the youngest designer to present during New York Fashion Week and launched her eponymous clothing line in Nordstrom stores last fall. Taylor, the youngest honoree on The List of People Shaping Retail's Future, shares what -- and who -- inspires her and how she balances it all. Read the interview. National Retail Federation (23 Mar.)




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