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December 5, 2012

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  • Conference: Retail well positioned for coming year
    Companies such as Blackstone Group, which invested in the retail sector at the bottom of the market, are now poised to do very well, according to participants at the New York National Conference & Deal Making. Store openings are at a four-year high and grocery-anchored stores are positioned to do very well. SCT Newswire (12/3) Email this Story
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  • Retailers rejoice over strike's end
    Retailers hailed the settlement of the eight-day strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. There were concerns that the strike could hurt the holiday shopping season even though most of the goods for the season transported weeks ago. "We're glad to see a deal was finally reached and the strike will finally end," said Jonathan Gold of the National Retail Federation. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/5) Email this Story
  • New Shanghai luxury center to focus on custom goods
    Developers are putting the finishing touches on the three-year redevelopment of Shanghai's historic Bund 22 building. The new project will focus on leasing space to high-end retailers that can offer custom-made products for wealthy Chinese shoppers. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (12/4) Email this Story
  • India's mall owners hope new rules help fill space
    Malls are a fairly new concept in India, but there are plenty these days waiting to fill empty space with the foreign retailers that will be allowed in under new rules, say property owners who approve the changes. "This would certainly spur the growth of commercial real estate in the metros, which has remained sluggish in the recent past, and we welcome the move," said a spokesperson of Delhi-based EmaarMGF, which owns seven malls in India. The Wall Street Journal (12/4) Email this Story
  • Barbie gets a hardhat as dads buy the toys
    Toy makers are changing their offerings to appeal to the growing number of dads who are doing more of the family gift shopping, with Barbie construction sets and pastel-hued Legos that experts say appeal to girls and have the potential to help them learn spatial relations and improve math and science skills. “Once it’s in the home, dads would very much be able to join in this play that otherwise they might feel is not their territory,” said psychologist and Mattel consultant Maureen O’Brien. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/3) Email this Story
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  • How to use your brain to alleviate stress at work
    Learn to turn down your stress while working by focusing on the most important thing you have to do at that moment and learning to identify the triggers that cause you anxiety, Jon Wortmann writes. "Maybe your boss is the trigger because he or she is demanding like your father or mother. Recognizing when a behavior sets off your alarm allows you to not react next time they make you feel like a child," he writes. The Huffington Post/Jon Wortmann's blog (12/3) Email this Story
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