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March 11, 2013

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Competitive bidding and higher execution online marketplace delivers a transparent playing field, attracting local buyers, global buyers and everyone in between. The results are quicker, more certain outcomes, and ultimately, better execution. See more about the auctions and view licensing information here.
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  • Fashion spurs higher sales at John Lewis
    Designer collaborations, private-label fashion lines and the addition of stylish new brands helped department store chain John Lewis boost its apparel sales 9% to more than £1.1 billion last year. "In the first few years we were getting the core range right, but last year we got a bit more feisty and fun," said buying and brand director Peter Ruis. The Guardian (London) (3/9) Email this Story
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  • Never take a promotion without negotiating pay
    Don't let your employer pressure you into accepting a promotion before you've discussed a pay raise, Alison Green writes. Your negotiating power disappears as soon as you accept the offer. "If they put you off and push you to start doing the new job now, you need to hold firm: 'I'm not comfortable taking on a new job without discussing the terms, such as salary,' " she writes. Ask A Manager blog (3/5) Email this Story

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  • 2013 ICSC Foundation Annual Gala Dinner
    The ICSC Foundation, the non-profit public charity of ICSC, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner at Bellagio Hotel & Casino May 19, in conjunction with RECon. The event includes a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment by comedian impressionist Terry Fator, winner of “America’s Got Talent.” Limited seating tickets are available as well as sponsorship opportunities for companies wishing to invite clients to reserved tables. The ICSC Foundation promotes and rewards community support efforts and provides undergraduate, graduate-level and retail real estate practitioner’s educational scholarships. Buy tickets, sponsorships and ads here. Email this Story
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