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August 2011



Top 20 U.S. Chains by Highest Retail Sales per Square Foot

August 23, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , TIF , COH




Walmart Sees Improving U.S. Trends, but Remains Cautious

August 17, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: WMT , AMZN

Walmart is the ultimate bell-weather of the U.S. consumer economy, selling merchandise in just about every product category except cars between its namesake and Sam’s Club stores and representing nearly 10% of all U.S. retail (excluding auto & restaurant) sales.  [more]



Same-Store Sales Gain 4.8% in Discount-Driven July

August 04, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: COST , GPS , M

One of the hottest months on record sent shoppers to air-conditioned malls in July and heavy promotional activity helped retailers clear summer inventory. However, the unseasonably warm weather likely held back full-price selling of back-to-school merchandise and the deep discounting may crimp 2nd quarter margins.  [more]



RetailSails 2011 Back-to-School Spending Report

August 03, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GPS , M , JCP

 Consumers are less than enthusiastic about the economy these days, but that doesn’t mean parents still won’t splurge in order to send their kids off to school in style in 2011. While back-to-school spending isn’t expected to be as robust as in pre-recession years, the total haul will still be the 2nd largest spending period behind the Holiday season.  [more]

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