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Are There Bed Bugs In The New York Retail Supply Chain?

Ok, so Abercrombie & Fitch having to close one store because of bed bugs seemed like a fluke.  But now they’ve had to close a second store for the same reason.Bed bugs have been a growing problem in New York City for a while. It’s typically apartments and hotels that […]
Are There Bed Bugs In The New York Retail Supply Chain?
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FarmVille Maker Zynga Has Completely Taken Over 7-Eleven

It’s no secret that social gaming company Zynga‘s success isn’t coming because a bunch of tech-weenie early adopters play games like FarmVille, Mafia Wars, etc. It’s just the opposite — it’s because of “the normals.” That’s how FarmVille had 63 million active users on Facebook in the last month.
FarmVille Maker Zynga Has Completely Taken Over 7-Eleven
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There’s One Big Patch Of Green In This Blood Bath

The market’s tanking, yet there’s one major stock that just isn’t budging so far. Walmart beat analyst estimates, with 1Q profit rising 10%. Despite the market’s dip, WMT shares have held up extremely well so far today despite other early gainers falling into the red.
There’s One Big Patch Of Green In This Blood Bath
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Goldman: Watch Oil’s Rise Begin To Crush Other Industries

Goldman’s Gerald Moser outlines a long oil, short retail pair trade in his latest portfolio strategy piece. The argument is that oil stocks have underperformed both many other industries as well as the rally in oil prices. Thus they should be buoyed by oil’s strength in the upcoming quarters while […]
Goldman: Watch Oil’s Rise Begin To Crush Other Industries
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Welcome To Main Street: Truly The Most Depressing Commercial Real Estate Project We’ve Ever Seen*

[credit provider=”Business Insider”] *Note: Developer Brandywine Realty Trust has contacted us with comments on this slideshow, which Brandywine says contains numerous inaccuracies and mischaracterizations. We’ve posted Brandywine’s comments in the various slides where appropriate.Remember how back in December of 2009 we said that the Voorhees Town centre, located in Voorhees, […]
Welcome To Main Street: Truly The Most Depressing Commercial Real Estate Project We’ve Ever Seen*
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Microsoft Expanding Its Retail Business: Next Stores In Denver And San Diego

[credit provider=”Associated Press”] Microsoft’s retail operations, launched last fall, are apparently doing well enough for the company to continue investing in more stores. Microsoft is preparing to open its next two stores in Denver and San Diego, the company has confirmed with us.In fact, they’re hiring! We spotted job openings […]
Microsoft Expanding Its Retail Business: Next Stores In Denver And San Diego
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Check Out This Infographic: Less Than 5% Of Purchases Happen Online

Check out this infographic by Milo.com, a startup that checks the inventory of real world stores to tell you whether products are in stock or not. We focus on e-commerce because it’s so big and still growing, so it’s easy to forget that e-commerce is actually a very very small […]
Check Out This Infographic: Less Than 5% Of Purchases Happen Online
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What Would Best Buy Do With Radio Shack?

The reports are swirling today that Radio Shack is “exploring strategic alternatives” for the company, the most intriguing of which is a possible merger with Best Buy. But what would that mean, exactly?
What Would Best Buy Do With Radio Shack?
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Zynga Rolls Out Pre-Paid Game Cards At Major Retailers

From TechCrunch: Massively popular game is now pre-paid game cards at a number of major retailers in the U.S., including 7-Eleven, Best Buy, GameStop and Target. Gift certificates to spend money on Zynga games, FarmVille, Mafia Wars and YoVille, will be sold at more than 12,800 stores.
Zynga Rolls Out Pre-Paid Game Cards At Major Retailers
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Meet The Genius Behind Apple’s Beautiful Retail Stores

[credit provider=”Archiculture” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3328725331/”] Peter Bohlin is the genius architect behind Apple’s most famous stores around the world.His work includes the cube store on 59th street and Fifth Avenue in New York City, as well as the new all glass store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Meet The Genius Behind Apple’s Beautiful Retail Stores
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FCUK Will Close Most US Stores

French Connection Group doesn’t have a large US store presence, but the one it has will get a lot smaller. The British apparel retailer is closing 17 of its 23 stores here after posting a fiscal-year loss.
FCUK Will Close Most US Stores
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U.K. Dollar Stores Bullish On Poor Customers And Planning Gigantic Expansion

[credit provider=”commons.wikimedia.org” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pound_Stretcher,_Omagh_-_geograph.org.uk_-_129555.jpg”] The business of selling dirt cheap products to cash-strapped Brits is expected to experience massive growth, so much so that the U.K. dollar store ’99p’ is planning to more than double its retail outlets over the next few years:Retail Week:
U.K. Dollar Stores Bullish On Poor Customers And Planning Gigantic Expansion
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Hearst Rolling Out ‘Esquire Home Collection’ For The Ultimate Bachelor Pad

[credit provider=”Courtesy of Esquire”] Hearst Magazines is debuting an “Esquire Home Collection” of furniture and home accessories this April at the High Point Market, the world’s largest furnishings industry trade show. Glen Ellen Brown, vice president of Hearst Brand Development, told us in a phone interview that the magazine is […]
Hearst Rolling Out ‘Esquire Home Collection’ For The Ultimate Bachelor Pad
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The Scariest Retail Sales Chart Ever

Ok, this isn’t quite as scary as the scariest jobs chart ever, but this chart of retail sales in various recessions shows that the collapse we’ve seen is like nothing we’ve send before.
The Scariest Retail Sales Chart Ever
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Holiday Sales Beat Expectations For Online Retailers

FROM ALL THINGS D: As predicted, online retailers did OK during the holiday season. Actually, a little bit better than predicted, according to Comscore: The Web-tracking service predicted a 3 per cent bump, and it’s now reporting that sales jumped by 5% in the last two months of the year. […]
Holiday Sales Beat Expectations For Online Retailers
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The Christmas Retail Rally Could Be Toast

[preserve] [/preserve] [preserve] [/preserve] Shown below is a retail proxy, the Retail HLDRs Exchange Traded Fund (RTH). It’s outperformed the S&P500 on a three month basis. Yet Best Buy’s (BBY) warning today, that revenue will be driven by lower-ticket items in the fourth quarter, could mean that the pre-Christmas retail […]
The Christmas Retail Rally Could Be Toast
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Retail Sales: It Really Was Gasoline!

[preserve] [/preserve] [preserve] [/preserve] Much of today’s positive +1.3% November retail sales growth was indeed caused by a huge 6% jump in gasoline station sales, as shown below.
Retail Sales: It Really Was Gasoline!