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January 28, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • NRF: Super Bowl spending to hit $12.3 billion
    A record 179.1 million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday and spend some $12.3 billion on everything from wings and beer to big-screen TVs, according to a survey from NRF’s Retail Advertising and Marketing Association. About 60 million viewers plan to go to a Super Bowl Party, 39.4 million will host a party, and 10.1 million will watch from a bar or restaurant, the survey says. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Detroit-area Target stores will get larger grocery section
    Nine Target stores in the Detroit area are being remodeled to include a larger grocery section, which includes fresh food. "It's about convenience, saving time, getting more things done with just one stop," said Annette Miller, senior vice president of grocery. The retailer has been adding or expanding grocery sections nationwide. Detroit Free Press (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • B&N looks to shutter 200 stores in next decade
    Barnes & Noble plans to close about 20 stores annually during the next 10 years, cutting its bricks-and-mortar presence to 450 to 500 locations, retail group CEO Mitchell Klipper says. The bookseller, which used to launch a net 15 stores per year, has largely stopped opening bricks-and-mortar locations. The Wall Street Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Beauty brands hope for a better year
    U.S. sales of prestige beauty products grew 7% last year and the mass beauty market saw a 3% increase, according to NPD Group. Still, an uncertain December as holiday shoppers put off purchases until the last minute led some brands to cheer the end of 2012 and hope for stronger growth in the new year. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New trends color wedding days
    Wedding dresses don't have to be white and neither do the stones in the engagement ring -- these days, brides and grooms are leaving behind dated trends and making their own rules about what's appropriate. "The number of tuxedo rentals for weddings has dramatically dropped,” said John Ryan of Jerry Ryan Clothing and Sportswear in Omaha. “I used to do 225 tux rentals a year. In 2012, we did 50 tux rentals and sold 250 suits to bridal parties." Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Study: Shoppers are turning to retail apps more often
    Consumers spent more than 500% more time using retailers' mobile applications in December than they spent in the same month in 2011, according to analytics provider Flurry. Apps from retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Saks saw the biggest jump in usage and comprised the largest share of overall app use in the month, the survey found. TechCrunch (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Retailers don’t plan to surcharge, despite lawsuit settlement
    The credit card industry is touting a provision in a recent lawsuit settlement that theoretically would allow U.S. retailers to impose a surcharge on credit card purchases. But NRF says that the lawsuit was brought to lower prices for consumers, not increase prices, and that none of the merchants it has spoken with have any plans to surcharge. In addition, the provisions of the settlement block national chains and many other retailers from being able to surcharge. NBC News (1/27), WEWS-TV (Cleveland) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • NRF forecasts 3.4% increase in retail sales for 2013
    Continued labor market concerns and stagnant income growth are among the chief factors contributing to the subdued forecast released today by NRF. NRF’s 2013 economic forecast projects retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 3.4%, slightly less than the preliminary 4.2% growth seen in 2012. However, e-commerce sales are expected to grow between 9% and 12% this year, according to Shop.org, NRF’s digital division. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • How to keep your business healthy through health care changes
    Did you know that the sum of all part-time employee hours determines whether or not a business can be designated as a covered “large employer”? For business owners and HR representatives searching for answers on how to understand key provisions like this one in the Affordable Care Act, NRF Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Council Neil Trautwein will explain in a webinar on Feb. 1 how retailers can avoid penalties and prepare to meet the full letter of the law. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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