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November 2009



Black Friday Blows It...

November 30, 2009 – Comments (5)

It's good to know a lot more people packed the malls for Black Friday this year than last, but the wintery chill is that they spent less (and that's what a lot of us were mulling last week when wondering how it would go -- the reality that many consumers simply can't spend much this year). At any rate, I followed up on the Black Friday data for today: Retailers Drop a Black Friday Bomb.   [more]



The Quick and the Dead, Part 2

November 25, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SHLD

And this week I ask, Is Sears The Next Circuit City? (I added a third option to the poll, too.) Last I checked, survive vs. fail were about neck and neck in terms of votes.  [more]



Black Friday Bust Ahead?

November 24, 2009 – Comments (12) | RELATED TICKERS: BGPIQ.DL

I wrote about some of the signs and signals about Black Friday (and the holiday season) for yesterday. I can't imagine it's going to be so great, given some of the rumblings; at any rate, there's a nifty poll at the end of the article. (I also just saw Borders reported one of its typically disappointing quarters, but haven't dug too deep on that one although I did wonder about Borders' future recently, it still doesn't look too good as far as I'm concerned.) Any thoughts on Black Friday, the holiday season, and retail?   [more]



The Quick and the Dead

November 18, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: BLOKA.DL

Today on I took a look at another struggling retailer (poll at the end): Is Blockbuster The Next Circuit City?  [more]



Bubble Junkies

November 13, 2009 – Comments (0)

Are we addicted to bubbles? Can't give up the artificial "affluence" and "growth" they represent? Can't adjust our expectations to deal with economic realities? Today's Daily Walk of Shame: Bubble Junkies. (Includes tribute to one of the best Onion headlines ever...IMHO)  [more]



A Couple Quick Retail Bits

November 11, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: JAS.DL , TLB.DL , BLOKA.DL

Jo-Ann Stores (JAS): is actually hiring holiday workers, whoa! I recently wrote about a lot of retailers that are planning to hire less temporary help this year. Apparently last quarter Jo-Ann Stores had success including a trend toward hand-made holiday gifts. Interesting... (and my original CAPS pick of JAS actually did have a thesis that was heavy on the idea that in the "new normal" climate, a lot of people were going to remember the whole concept of making things themselves... I guess we shall see, but wow, hand-made holiday gifts). Anyway, I don't track JAS all that closely (which is embarrassing since it is a CAPS pick that has gone quite well, so maybe I will start following it more closely!) but I do find this interesting.   [more]



Shame, Shame...

November 04, 2009 – Comments (15)

I've been dishing out a few walks of shame this week for  [more]

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