October 29, 2013

A selloff of several store leases and the spinoff of two business segments are on the way for Sears Holdings as the company hopes to improve its third quarter 2013 performance, the retailer said Tuesday.

October 24, 2013

A new store pickup program and price matching are among the ways Target is looking to attract customers during the holiday shopping season, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

October 18, 2013

Consumers are holiday shopping sooner and spending more this year due to a late Thanksgiving and shorter holiday shopping season, according to a new survey by American Express.

October 18, 2013

One of the casualties associated with the recent government shutdown and game of chicken that legislators played with the nation's debt ceiling is consumer confidence. And this will have significant ramifications coming into the fourth quarter holiday season, especially as the debate over government spending and the debt ceiling crisis has not been resolved but only delayed until January.

Holding the holiday season hostage means Washington has lost big points with big retail, and IRI measured the impact. Reminiscent of recession shopping behaviors, almost two-in-three consumers are cutting back on non-essential spending; half are again gravitating toward private label or other value propositions and two in five are beginning to scour online resources in search of coupons and deals.

October 18, 2013

Several New York City department stores are making over their beauty departments in an effort to battle growing competition from specialty retailers, online retailers and even mass market retailers like Duane Reade’s chic Look Boutiques.

October 16, 2013

Consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and more, 2% less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year. Despite this reduction in individual holiday budgets, NRF is forecasting holiday sales will increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion.

October 14, 2013

The Internet and mobile have transformed consumer shopping behaviors, but in-store shopping still remains important to many consumers, especially when buying cosmetics, apparel, grocery and office supplies, according to a new study from global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. It is important, however, that retailers strategically assess and recast the role of stores.

October 10, 2013

Fred's sales increased to $177.3 million in September, the discount store chain said Thursday.

October 9, 2013

More than 1,000 new and relocated stores and an increase in a partnership with supply chain services firm McLane Co. were among the highlights in fourth quarter fiscal year 2013 at Family Dollar, the discount store chain said Wednesday.

October 8, 2013

Dollar stores are not just for lower- and middle-income shoppers. In fact, half (50%) of respondents from the highest-income households ($150,000-plus) say that they are shopping at dollar stores the same amount this year compared with last year, with 10% saying they are doing so more than last year, according to new research from Mintel.

October 7, 2013

Shoppers in the United States plan on spending an average of $646 on gifts this holiday season, representing an 11% increase over the $582 they planned to spend, on average, in 2012, according to Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey. The forecast uptick is more optimistic than other holiday surveys released to date.

October 7, 2013

Dollar General on Saturday opened its 11,000th store, further distinguishing the dollar-store operator as the retailer with the most stores in the United States, the company announced.

October 3, 2013

Thirty-seven percent of shoppers in the United States are shopping omnichannel, compared with 29% around the globe, according to a new study.

October 2, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday commended California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing S.B. 465 into law, which clarifies the current state law on the use of empty space between the product and excess container capacity , commonly referred to as “nonfunctional slack fill.”

September 23, 2013

The Shopper Marketing Expo, scheduled for Oct. 8-10, here, at the Navy Pier, will once again host the Path to Purchase Institute’s annual Design of the Times merchandising display competition.

September 19, 2013

Rite Aid posted its fourth-consecutive profitable quarter Thursday as it reached a milestone in its store conversions and saw growth in the latest expansion to its loyalty program.

September 17, 2013

Sales of general merchandise are expected to increase by 2.4% during the holiday season of November and December, but shoppers will visit fewer stores, according to a new forecast.

September 10, 2013

Members of Kmart's loyalty card program can use low-cost check cashing services at stores, the retail chain said.

September 9, 2013

Good news for brick-and-mortar retailers. Generation Y may turn to the Web for researching products, comparing prices and responding to flash sales, but they still love in-store purchasing. The catch: Keep the shopping experience exciting.

September 5, 2013

Are drug stores becoming the new convenience stores? A new survey by The Hartman Group indicates that for many shoppers, the drug store is a destination for convenient purchases.

September 4, 2013

Dollar General on Wednesday posted net sales of $4.4 billion for the second quarter ended Aug. 2, up 11.3%.

August 27, 2013

Are big-box stores and shopping malls in the suburbs giving way to walkable retail? According to a couple of recent magazine articles, that appears to be the trend.

August 26, 2013

Peapod is opening nine new pickup locations at Stop & Shop stores around Massachusetts and Rhode Island as part of an expansion push in New England, bringing its total number of sites in those states and Connecticut to 27.

The way Americans shop for groceries is undergoing a rapid and dramatic change. Supermarkets will likely continue to exist for a long time, but a growing amount of shopping for food is happening online.

August 21, 2013

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index remained flat in July, but a recent survey showed shoppers have a positive, although still tentative, outlook on the economy for the back-to-school shopping season.