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    Stein Mart

    Jacksonville, Fla. – Warm weather, slow consumer spending, sluggish Texas-based sales and other unidentified factors were blamed for Stein Mart’s lackluster third quarter. More ...

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  • The show will go on for Maison & Objet

    Paris--The semiannual trade show’s organizers announced today that the Paris fair’s Jan. 22-26 installment will proceed as planned following the series of simultaneous terrorist attacks that killed 130 people and injured 368 others on Nov. 13.

  • Burlington: Making more room for home

    Burlington, N.J. – Off-pricer Burlington Stores is happy with the pace of its home business – and laying out ambitious plans for long-term store growth.

  • Dollar Tree: Our customer still under pressure

    Chesapeake, Va. – Delivering its 31st consecutive quarter of positive comps, Dollar Tree execs said the company’s lower middle class and low-income customers remain concerned about their personal finances.

  • Dollar Tree vendor policy: We won’t charge…oh, wait…

    Chesapeake, Va. – Dollar Tree’s ceo seemed to be having it both ways today as he spelled out the retailer’s attitude toward squeezing contribution costs from vendors.

  • Wintry weather spurs comp increases

    New York – Cooler weather conditions coupled with Thanksgiving preparations helped raise comps by 1.5% last week following a 1.2% gain the prior week, accordingto the Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index.

  • Fred’s hits highest Q3 comp since 2009

    Memphis – Fred’s Inc. delivered a 2.7% comp gain in the third quarter, exceeding its guidance and reaching its best increase in more than six years.

  • Home solid at Evine Live

    Minneapolis – The bad news: Evine Live missed expectations during the third quarter. The bright spot: home and consumer electronics, which out-performed the company.

  • NRF: 135.8 million consumers plan to shop Thanksgiving weekend

    Washington--Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, the biggest holiday shopping period of the year is upon us. And according to the National Retail Federation ’s Preliminary Thanksgiving Weekend Survey, about 135.8 million consumers (58.7%) say they definitely will or may shop this Thanksgiving weekend.

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NY Home Fashions Market

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It's all about the product – and there's plenty to see at New York Home Fashions Market. H&TT editors Jennifer Marks and Warren Shoulberg hit the highlights in our third and final report from the show. See the videos! Sponsored by Lenzing.

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  • Cecile Corral

    On The Beat

    Cecile Corral

    November 24, 2015


    A new malady is morphing among some shoppers, and I include myself among the victims. It’s called de-Santa-cism. Worn down by earlier-than-usual holiday shopping, my symptoms include ad nauseam, disinterest and a swollen credit card statement. I got a head-start to my holiday shopping back in October with the intention of taking advantage of special deals, getting access to the good stuff before it runs out and spreading the expense over a wider timeframe so as to not over burden my pocketbook. While my gift stash is well positioned considering we haven’t even arrived at the actual Black ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    November 23, 2015

    Why Not Here?

    The Europeans have out-paced us in digital textile printing for some time now. But why have we let them? I spent last week talking to several U.S. digital textile print houses (it’s the subject of our December issue cover story) and put the question to the experts. Why are the Europeans doing more of it – and on a larger scale – than we are? The answer: Because even when the business shifted to Asia, they never shut down their mills. Especially in Italy, where the textiles industry is anchored by fashion apparel, they kept their plants open and invested ...

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    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    November 23, 2015


    Who knew that the answer for all of an in-store retailer’s problems in competing against online was a fat guy in a red suit? Turns out that this season especially, more and more retailers are on to the fact that a real-life, living, breathing Santa Claus in their stores – or out in the mall – is a surefire way to drive traffic into physical stores. For generations big stores have decked the halls for the holiday selling season, trotting out lights and garland and tinsel on their selling floors, in their windows and all over the place. Santa himself was ...

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    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    November 9, 2015

    Inside the Penalty Big Box

    The home textiles industry is watching its two biggest retailers deal with massive struggles to get their online businesses up to speed, and in their ability to be successful lies the potential future for the entire business. Walmart, the largest seller of home textiles products — hell, the largest seller of just about everything — has made no secret of its inability to compete successfully with Amazon. More than a decade after the company’s top management said it would be as dominant online as it was in-store, the retailer is admitting publicly it has failed and needs to devote massive amounts ...

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