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1. Lululemon's logo could be a problem for men's line

NRF Global SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Lululemon Athletica's efforts to expand its line of men's workout fashions and open standalone men's stores may be hindered by the curvy logo, a stylized "A" that some say resembles a woman's face. The logo, visible on all of the brand's garments, could prove a turn-off for men, said analysts and customers. Business Insider (28 Apr.)

2. How millennial homebuyers influence retail trends

NRF Global SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Nearly one-third of U.S. homebuyers in 2014 were millennials, and the youngest generation of homeowners approaches home improvement and decorating differently than their parents. NRF's Kathy Grannis looks at the story behind the spending data, and how retailers like Urban Outfitters, The Home Depot, Macy's and Lowe's are finding unique ways to engage millennial consumers. Read more. Blank (28 Apr.)

3. Hudson's Bay may make a play for Germany's Kaufhof

NRF Global SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Co. is in early stage talks with Metro AG to acquire German department store chain Kaufhof for $2.6 billion, sources said. Hudson's Bay, which paid $2.4 billion for Saks Fifth Avenue in 2013, also operates namesake stores in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the US. Kaufhof operates 105 department stores and 17 sporting goods stores in Germany and 15 Galeria Inno stores in Belgium. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (28 Apr.)

4. How Angela Ahrendts is rethinking retail at Apple

NRF Global SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Apple fans have been keeping a close eye on Angela Ahrendts' moves since the former Burberry CEO stepped into her new role as senior vice president of retail and online stores a year ago. So far, Ahrendts has reorganized the Apple Retail management team, introduced new employee apparel and increased emphasis on China. STORES Magazine looks at what's next, including changes to in-store service. Read more. National Retail Federation (10 Apr.)

5. Target Canada fails to find bidders for 55 store leases

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Target Canada will hand 55 of its 133 store leases back to landlords after failing to find bidders, along with 19 leases on warehouse and office space, according to court documents. The retailer, which exited the market less than two years after opening its first stores there, will auction off the rest of its store leases. Prospective buyers include Wal-Mart Canada, Canadian Tire and Loblaw, sources said. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (01 May.)

6. Report: Canada's shoppers spent bigger in Q1

NRF Global SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Canadian consumers boosted their spending 5.8% in the first quarter, according to Moneris Solutions Corp., which processes debit- and credit-card transactions for 350,000 stores. Shoe stores saw a 9.3% jump in spending, while sales at women's clothing stores and restaurants rose 6.1% and 6.8% respectively. Bloomberg (28 Apr.)

7. Who will keep high fashion fresh in the future?

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

The aging of iconic designers including Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld and Roberto Cavalli highlights how tricky it can be to find the right next-generation talent to carry on the legacy and keep the brand fresh. "Geniuses always leave a hole. But in some cases, the brand can actually benefit from new energy," said Giovanna Brambilla, a partner at recruiter Value Search Srl. Bloomberg (29 Apr.)

8. Retailers top list of UK's "most meaningful" brands

NRF Global SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

UK consumers ranked Amazon the "most meaningful" brand, and 64% said they would miss the online retailer if it went away, according to a Havas survey. Retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, ALDI and Sainsbury's filled out the top five on the list, which included 1,000 companies in 12 industries. Drum (Glasgow, Scotland), The (28 Apr.)

9. Louis Vuitton loses EU trademark on leather pattern

NRF Global SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

The European General Court canceled the trademark on the chequerboard pattern Louis Vuitton uses on its luxury leather goods. German retailer Nanu-Nana challenged the trademarks in 2009, and last week the court ruled the pattern isn't different enough from patterns on other leather goods. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (28 Apr.)

10. Small stores are the future, says Wal-Mart International CEO

NRF Global SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Hypermarkets will see global sales grow about $350 billion over the next decade, but smaller stores are set to prosper on a larger scale as international shoppers demand convenience, said David Cheesewright, president and CEO of Wal-Mart International. Retailers with online outlets and physical stores will fare best, he said. Times of India, The (27 Apr.)

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