November 27, 2011

Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year and the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, drew more crowds and generated more sales than ever before, according to Chicago-based research firm ShopperTrak.

October 27, 2011

Despite concerns about the economy and rising household expenses, nearly three out of five (59%) consumers will put aside economic worries and spend the same or more this holiday season, according to Deloitte’s 26th annual survey of holiday spending intentions and trends. While this is a slight decline from 2010, it represents an eight-percentage point increase from 2009.

June 9, 2011

The National Retail Federation describes a kind of pent-up demand for Father's Day spending as one reason for positive signals from its Consumer Intentions and Actions Father's Day survey.

As June 19 approaches, research suggests Americans will spend an average of $106.49 on fathers across the country -- the highest figure in the survey's eight-year history, and up significantly from $94.32 last year. 

June 7, 2011

Las Vegas — The retail panel discussion started with customer service and advanced to strategic planning. From there, it detoured at automatic doors — apparently still a novelty in rural Texas — and finished with a somewhat optimistic economic forecast. 

December 23, 2010

Consumers are spending more this year during the final week of holiday shopping, according to a study conducted by Goldman Sachs and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

For the week ending Dec. 18, weekly retail sales rose by 1.7%, according to the ICSC-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index. In addition, retail sales, on a year-over-year basis, also improved and increased by 4.2%.

December 15, 2010

A study of consumer shopping habits in the tools and storage categories indicates a willingness to trade advice from knowledgeable staff for a wider assortment of goods. These were the conclusions from a survey conducted this month by The NPD Group, a market research firm based in Port Washington, N.Y.

Eighty-four percent of respondents indicated they prefer purchasing storage/organization and tool products at larger stores with many offerings, rather than at smaller stores with consultative sales staff, but limited stock.

December 14, 2008

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December 7, 2008

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October 30, 2008

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September 17, 2008

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September 2, 2008

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August 10, 2008

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July 6, 2008

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December 16, 2007

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