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December 21, 2010

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U.S. Retail Sales Growth Accelerated to 4.2% Last Week…

Same-store sales at a selection of U.S. retailers posted the biggest holiday jump last week, rising 4.2 percent as more consumers finished shopping, according to a survey of retailers. Almost 74 percent of shoppers completed gift buying in the week … Continue reading

December 20, 2010

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Holiday Help: People vs. Robots

This holiday shopping season, online retailers are testing a critical hiring decision: machine versus man. Zipping around the floor of a Crate & Barrel warehouse in Tracy, Calif., a cadre of 35 orange robots helps solitary human employees do the … Continue reading

December 16, 2010

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Dept. Stores Dole Out Excess Space to Other Retailers….

  By Joel Groover Department stores have figured out a way to deal with all that excess space resulting from the collapse of consumer spending: They’re doling it out to expanding chains. These store-within-a-store subleases tend to be all upside, … Continue reading