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September 30, 2011
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Holiday hiring to rise modestly at U.S. stores

Holiday hiring at U.S. chain stores will rise by a modest 1 to 2 percent over the year-ago period, reflecting retailers' expectations for sales, says ICSC. "Company decisions about seasonal hiring are intertwined with the company's financial health as well as its sales expectations," said Michael P. Niemira, ICSC's chief economist and director of research.…

March 17, 2011
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Retailer Closure Announcements on Wane, ICSC says

Nearly 700 U.S. stores and restaurants announced closure plans during the fourth quarter. That figure may seem large, but it is a big improvement over the comparable period a year before. These 700 units comprise some 10.4 million square feet — 0.07 percent of the total inventory of U.S. retail space, according to a report…