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December 28, 2012

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  • Savvier stocking boosts holiday profits
    Shopper traffic and sales growth may have slowed this season, but many retailers including Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren and Coach are on track to see higher profits as a result of better ordering and inventory systems that will allow them to avoid deep discounting, analysts say. "The retailers coming out of the holiday season on top have done an excellent job with their inventories," said strategist Megan Donadio. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model)/Bloomberg (12/27) Email this Story
  • What were 2012's hottest holiday retail trends?
    Surging online traffic, more Black Friday leaks and the reemergence of layaway are a few of the 10 biggest retail trends of the season, according to Time. This year also saw rises in self-gifting and the popularity of gift cards, which topped the list of most-requested presents according to an NRF survey. (12/28) Email this Story
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  • How to keep your energy up until the holidays wind down
    It's easy to run out of energy midway through the busy holiday season, when large meals and limited activity are the norm, writes Fredrik Hertzberg. However, you can avoid this problem by getting some exercise -- shoveling snow is a good option -- and eating foods high in protein, he writes. It's also a good idea to speak with relatives during large meals, which can ensure that you will eat more slowly. (12/26) Email this Story
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