Retailers are stepping up efforts due to the tight labor market.
America’s labor pool isn’t big enough or skilled enough to fill the vast number of unfilled retail jobs.
This year the outlook for retail has shifted from gloomy to bright.
Sears Holdings Corp. is having a tough time. But its ceo and chairman, Eddie Lampert, is not.
This figure is down marginally from the $15.5 billion spent last year.
The industry sees its much-loved tax cuts slipping away with the strong possibility that new tariffs will hit apparel.
Retailers could be stuck with worse tax write-offs, and related cash-flow problems, for a while.
Industry groups aren’t up for a “trade war” that may well have broad effects.
No sweetheart is no problem for this year’s crop of Valentine’s Day beauty gift ideas as the holiday is expected to rack up 7 percent sales gains over last year.
This year could be a good one for retailers with sales gains potentially topping last year’s.