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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 ended Dec. 18, spurring faster sales growth than the previous three weeks. That compared with…

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 work of six people. The squat machines carry shelves with the company's 8,000 different products…

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, no downside for the anchors and the new lessees alike, observers say. For landlords, not…