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Christmas Week Sales Up 2.3 Percent

Christmas Week Sales Up 2.3 Percent

NEW YORK — The numbers starting to come in on the holiday shopping season continue to paint a stronger-than-expected picture. The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs Group said this morning that U.S. same store sales were up 2.3 percent for the week ended Dec. 26, which includes the build-up to the holidayMore »

Umbra Offers A $1 Credit For Facebook Fan Club Members

Umbra Offers A $1 Credit For Facebook Fan Club Members

TORONTO — In another new twist in building social networks, Umbra, the furnishings and decorative accessories company based here, is offering to give a $1 credit for its products to its customers who recommend friends to join Umbra’s Facebook fan club. The offer went out in a message to Umbra’s email list last week andMore »

‘Enough of 2009 Already’

‘Enough of 2009 Already’

NEW YORK — Moss, the trend-setting home specialty store based here, offered to help its customers drink in the new year today in its daily online message. “Hello 2010! Thank God you’re here,” the message began. “Enough of 2009 already. If there were ever a New Year’s Eve on which we needed a celebratory drink,More »

Vegas Market Moves to January and August Schedule

Vegas Market Moves to January and August Schedule

LAS VEGAS-World Market Center Las Vegas announced today it will move to a schedule of “mega-market” shows in January and August, replacing its February- September show rotation. The move is effective with the summer 2010 show, which will now be held Aug. 2-6. A previously scheduled stand-alone gift show in June is being folded intoMore »

Semi-Merry Numbers From Retailers

Semi-Merry Numbers From Retailers

NEW YORK — Maybe the Grinch didn’t steal Christmas after all. While there is still an all-important week left in the holiday shopping season, early numbers coming out after the post-Christmas weekend seem to suggest that the industry will eke out small gains. According to MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse, which tracks all forms of spending, retailMore »

We Shopped…Didn’t Drop

We Shopped…Didn’t Drop

The image of the Christmas shopping season of 2009 that will forever stick in my brain: a woman being interviewed on a local TV news show on December 26. Shown at a mall with a shopping bag or two, she is asked why she is out there on the day after Christmas: “You have toMore »

LG Sets New Leadership in North America

LG Sets New Leadership in North America

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.-LG Electronics has appointed new executives to lead its North America subsidiary. Wayne Park has been named president and chief executive officer of LG Electronics North America, and will succeed the retiring Michael Ahn on Feb. 1, 2010. James N. Shad will assume the post of president of LG Electronics USA on Jan.More »