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1. Nike debuts first women's store in London

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Nike's new London store will be the brand's first to focus solely on female customers, with services including pant hemming and sports bra fittings as well as training classes and running groups. The company's sales of women's workout products hit $5 billion in 2014 and are on track to hit $7 billion by 2017, a spokeswoman said. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (21 May.)

2. H&M, Balmain to launch a designer line

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

Balmain will be the latest fashion house to design a line for H&M, designer Olivier Rousteing announced at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. The 250-piece collection will launch on Nov. 5, but the partners have already created the hashtag #HMBalmaination to build buzz. "I want to talk to my generation. This is my main aim as a designer," said Rousteing, 29. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (18 May.)

3. E-commerce costs cut profits at Urban Outfitters

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

A rise in online sales has taken a bite out of Urban Outfitters' bottom line -- the company reported a 13% drop in first-quarter profits. While it's often assumed that online retail is more profitable because of the lower overhead, costs for technology, marketing, shipping and higher return rates can more than offset the costs to operate brick-and-mortar stores. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (18 May.)

4. Report: Tokyo saw the biggest surge of new retail in 2014

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Six of the 15 countries drawing the biggest number of new retailers last year were in Asia, led by Tokyo and Singapore, according to a report from CBRE. US retailers led the growth with 26% of them expanding at home and abroad, followed by Italy, the UK and France. Luxury Daily (19 May.)

5. Wal-Mart to rely less on middleman Li & Fung

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Wal-Mart said it will source more of its goods directly from manufacturers, lessening its dependence on Hong Kong-based middleman Li & Fung. The Asian company grew to $20 million in annual revenue in the five years to 2011, as US brands and retailers including Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale used its expertise to connect with manufacturers. Now, the rise of the Internet has made it easier for retailers to make direct connections, industry experts said. Reuters (21 May.) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (21 May.)

6. Tim Hortons moves US headquarters to Canada

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (19 May.)

7. Wal-Mart saw solid Q1 growth in Canada

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

Wal-Mart booked a 1.8% first-quarter same-store sales rise in Canada, beating the retailer's 1.1% increase at its US stores, the company said Tuesday. The retailer is in growth mode north of the border, with plans to acquire 13 former Target stores and open an additional 29 supercentres this year. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (19 May.)

8. 10 concerns for retail CMOs

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

More than 50% of retailers surveyed in NRF's "The State of Retailing Online 2015: Key Metrics, Initiatives and Mobile Benchmarks" report said applications are not a key component of their consumer mobile strategy. An even greater percent said they weren't critical for employee strategy. To app or not to app is on the list of topics NRF's CMO Council is talking about right now. Read more.

9. Study: Vancouver malls lead on sales, growth

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

The Vancouver market is home to four of Canada's 20 top malls, based on annual sales per square foot, according to a study by Retail Insider. The study included all stores except department stores and anchors. "These numbers, every single one of them, is higher compared to our study last year," said Editor-in-Chief Craig Patterson. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (19 May.)

10. How some retailers are getting more interactive

NRF Global SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

Some retailers are ahead of the game when it comes to implementing consumer-facing technology in their stores, including Rebecca Minkoff, which partnered with eBay to create an interactive store, Michelle Greenwald writes. Her list also includes the AT&T store in Chicago that features technology like an Internet-enabled car, and Tesco, which has installed virtual stores at busy spots in the UK and Korea. Forbes (18 May.)

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