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Trends and Analysis

Consumer Confidence, Weekly Sales Fall

Drop of nearly 9 points sets Conference Board index at lowest point of year.

Thanks to Great Recession, retailers and brands face permanently penny-pinching shoppers.

Retailers, Brands Face Penny-Pinching Shoppers

J. Crew is the latest retailer to accept the reality of the new, penny-pinching consumer, revealing plans to launch J. Crew Mercantile this fall.

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Retail’s Real Estate Value: HBC Taps the Potential

Richard Baker said the joint venture with Simon creates the possibility of a REIT in the U.S.

Retail Sales Improve for Week

Department and apparel stores continue to battle challenging trends.

Mexico City Gains Fashion Edge

The growing economy and a rising number of moneyed professionals are driving luxury and designer brands to set up shop in the megalopolis.

China’s Cautious Consumer Shifts to Mass Over Luxury

Middle class consumers are concerned about the viability of their investments, both in the stock market and in real estate.

NRF Expects Dip in B-t-s Spending

Average family with K-12 children expected to reduce budgets by 5.8 percent.

Customers shop for back to school supplies at a Target.

Weekly Sales Cool Off, Weak Growth Seen for B-t-s

Retail Economist expects back-to-school sales to expand 2.1 percent, with strength in footwear.

There are plenty of reasons for fashion’s top executives to be tossing and turning.

Competition, Omnichannel Costs Have Fashion Execs Losing Sleep

From omnichannel costs to the loss of a superstar player and even the rise of artificial intelligence, there’s plenty to keep fashion’s top executives up at night.