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January 3, 2013News for the retail industry

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  • Gap to pay $130 million for Intermix
    Gap has sealed a deal to acquire high-end fashion chain Intermix, which operates about 30 boutiques in the U.S. and Canada that have long provided Gap with inspiration and insights into new trends, said executive Art Peck. The deal may mean faster growth for Intermix, and will allow Gap to benefit from the smaller retailer's relationships with brands such as Herve Leger, Yves Saint Laurent and Rag & Bone. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • How Mango mapped a winning global growth strategy
    Mango makes most of its sales outside its native Spain, with 2,400 stores in 110 countries and a winning expansion strategy, including a flexible footprint that fits several sizes of standalone stores as well as the chain's in-store shops at J.C. Penney, says executive Jose Gomez. He shares some insights in advance of his talk at NRF's Big Show in New York City later this month. Retail's BIG Blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safeway chief plans May retirement
    Steve Burd, who joined Safeway 20 years ago as president and became CEO shortly thereafter, plans to retire in May. Burd, who is also chairman, says he will help search for a successor. The company will consider internal and external candidates. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ethan Allen, Ashley Furniture find a home in China
    America's furniture makers have suffered losses and plant closures amid the rise in Chinese imports in the past decade, but now U.S.-based Ethan Allen and Ashley Furniture are turning the tables. Both companies are boosting their sales in China, catering to a growing number of wealthy consumers with a hunger for U.S.-made products. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • December sales reflect ups and downs
    Costco beat analysts expectations with a 9% jump in December same-store sales, and Macy's booked an increase of 4.1% over the same month last year, although not every retailer fared as well. The month's uneven results reflect the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown, Conn., shootings, as well as concerns about the "fiscal cliff", analysts and retail executives said. CNBC (1/3), USA Today (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Americans say "fiscal cliff" didn't affect spending
    Almost three-quarters of consumers surveyed recently said that concerns over the "fiscal cliff" didn't affect their holiday spending, and only 19% said they spent less this season than last, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Some 57% said they spent the same on the holidays this year as they did in 2011, and 17% reported spending more. Reuters (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Polaroid plans hands-on store concept
    Polaroid plans to open at least 10 experimental stores this year that will allow customers to use their own digital photos to create keepsake prints. Shoppers will be able to transmit photos from their mobile phones to in-store workstations, where they'll be able to edit their pictures, select materials and place their orders with the help of staffers called “Phototenders." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • University students awarded for strategy to address showrooming
    Six students were recognized by the NRF Foundation and American Express today as the recipients of a $2,500 scholarship and complimentary registration to Retail’s BIG Show this month via the Aspire2Retail Intercollegiate Challenge. This annual competition pairs college students from six retail programs across the country, with each student mentored by a retail executive in a specific business discipline. Tackling the hot topic of showrooming, the six students will present their award-winning business plan Monday, Jan. 14 at Retail’s BIG Show during the session, “Showrooming: An Opportunity or Threat?” Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: Jan. 3, 2013
    More than 450 solution providers are expected to pack the EXPO hall floor at Retail’s BIG Show this month in New York City. Source: NRF. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ABC News: How retailers continue to grapple with organized retail crime
    Shrink cost retailers more than $34 billion in 2011, with shoplifting accounting for over one-third of losses alone, according to NRF. As NRF's vice president of loss prevention points out in this recent interview with "ABC Nightly News," organized retail crime syndicates are cashing in on innocent shoppers by reselling stolen items through anonymous vendors like online auction sites or flea markets -- compromising the health and safety of consumers while making it more difficult for retailers to put a stop to this costly crime. Watch the video. Retail's BIG Blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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