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January 7, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Target promotes groceries in national campaign
    Target, which has been expanding grocery sections in many stores, has launched a national campaign highlighting products such as muffin mixes and laundry detergents. The ads take a humorous approach, showing fashion models interacting with the products, with one model in a white dress and high heels, for example, crushing an egg in her hand as bakery mixes explode in a riot of colors. CBS MoneyWatch/The Associated Press (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Analysts see healthier season for Walgreens
    A bad flu season and successful efforts to win back some customers may spell an upswing for Walgreens, which is expected to update investors this week on the company's outlook for 2013. The retailer has launched its first loyalty-card program and beefed up line of private-label products. The Wall Street Journal (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lundgren's legendary retail career
    Sales at Macy's have grown 80% since Terry Lundgren took the reins in 2003, despite recession-era dips that required a massive reorganization to get the retailer back on track. In this profile, Lundgren fans sing his praises, and the CEO himself reminisces on his retail career and the role models who influenced him along the way. Barron's (free content) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Deals drive early holiday electronics sales
    Sales of consumer electronics once again soared at the start of the holiday shopping season only to soften later as Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals disappeared, according to NPD Group. Sales for the season totaled $13.7 billion, with 46% taking place in the first two weeks of the season. CNBC (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Retailers trimmed some jobs in December
    The U.S. economy gained jobs in December, but specialty apparel and accessories retailers and department stores bucked the trend, cutting a combined 23,500 jobs after adding positions in November, according to the Labor Department. "It was the timing of hiring with a shift in Thanksgiving," said Moody's Analytics economist Scott Hoyt. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • How HSN, Walgreens, Coca-Cola create memorable experiences
    As one of the world’s most iconic brands, Coca-Cola understands evolving trends in the industry by employing a combination of game-changing marketing techniques and strategic partnerships to influence shopper sentiment. At Retail’s BIG Show, Jan. 13 to 16 in New York City, executives from HSN, Walgreens and Coca-Cola will present how they work together to foster passion and loyalty that help each brand grow. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • A burger company's post-bankruptcy rebound
    Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn has been able to get his hamburger business back on track after resorting to bankruptcy filings for two of its subsidiaries. The restaurant company has been able to reduce its debt and move to a franchise model. It has also become active in overseas markets, where more capital is currently available. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dempsey tweets victory in Tully's auction
    "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey took to Twitter Friday to declare victory for his company, Global Baristas, in its bankruptcy court bid to buy Seattle-based chain Tully's Coffee. Rival bidder Starbucks says it's not out of the game yet; the coffee giant's offer for 25 of the 47 Tully's units, plus a bid from an undisclosed buyer for the balance of the stores, adds up to more than Global's $9.2 million offer for the entire chain. The Huffington Post (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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