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Rue the day

Rue21 has filed for bankruptcy. That doesn’t come as a surprise. The teen retailer’s woes have been well-documented. And just last month, the apparel chain said it would close 400 of its stores.

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What receipts data says about Coach’s purchase of Kate Spade

The news that Coach Inc. is buying Kate Spade & Co. for some $2.4 billion -- a substantial 27.5 percent premium over Friday’s closing share price -- had us wondering what could justify such a price.

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Penetrating insights of the Penetration Index

How big is Wal-Mart? How pervasive is McDonald’s? Dollar Tree? Dunkin’ Donuts? In the intense and lucrative battle for consumers’ attention and dollars, which retailers and restaurants have become fully woven into American life?

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MM.LaFleur dresses for success

In the world of retail, particularly in that subset of E-commerce stores that are expanding into brick and mortar, no company is getting as much attention as MM.LaFleur.

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Old brands win young adults

Millennials, as you’ve no doubt heard, have a deep interest in personal branding. They want the things they buy to be unique to them.

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What opportunity does JCPenney see in appliances?

The news this week that JCPenney is adding 100 appliance showrooms to its stores raised some eyebrows in the retail industry.

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Marrying Macy’s

In mergers, as in marriage, it’s a good idea to have a few things in common.

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What makes a Millennial spend big?

Money isn’t easy to come by. Especially when you’re young. Thus it’s common for people in their early adulthood to be frugal. When there’s little money to spend, it’s necessary to spend wisely.

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Why buy a dress (or company) when you can rent (or partner)?

You’d be hard-pressed to name two retailers with brand identities as different as those of Neiman Marcus and Rent the Runway.

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Don’t rain on Macy’s parade just yet

As the media and Wall Street parse the news that Macy’s may shed more than 10,000 jobs in the wake of poor earnings, we decided to see what the data says about Macy’s prospects.

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Thanksgiving dinner or Thanksgiving shopping?

On the ever-growing list of things that Americans can’t seem to agree upon, let’s add the debate over what to do on Thanksgiving.

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Shedding “light” on the woes of restaurants

The restaurant business has seen better days. As unpleasant as it may be for the industry to accept -- growth has come to an absolute standstill.

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The price of closing for the holiday

Has retail grown so competitive that stores must open a day early for Black Friday?

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Are there too many chefs in the kitchen for Williams-Sonoma?

Wall Street has not been kind to Williams-Sonoma. A year ago, shares in the kitchenware and home furnishings retailer traded above $75. Today the stock price hovers below $47.

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Fashionable appliances

Things come, and things go. Hemlines rise and fall, and then rise again. Ties widen till they are thought silly, and then shrink until they are thought the same.

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The significance of buying a new kitchen range

There’s a range, as it were, of meaning to be found when looking at receipts that include major domestic appliances.

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The demographic challenge for Lands’ End

Controversial CEO Federica Marchionni has departed from Lands’ End after just 19 months at the helm of the apparel retailer.

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Who won when Chipotle stumbled?

Tuesday was National Taco Day. We trust you celebrated in appropriate fashion. One place you may have visited in honor of the day is Chipotle. Or perhaps not.

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What is Victoria’s Secret? Young and loyal customers

In the retail and apparel worlds, there is one ultimate goal, one simple yet extraordinary metric that speaks of success like no other: having loyal customers who shop more frequently, and spend more money, than do other consumers.

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Under the covers at Bed, Bath and Beyond

Investors in Bed, Bath and Beyond have been tossing and turning in bed of late, as the retailer issued a number of less-than-stellar earnings statements.

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Keeping an eye on the eye in the sky

Monday, Sept. 19, is likely to be a big day in the short history of drones. That’s when GoPro is expected to unveil its first product in the category.

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Going to the warehouse club again and again and again

There are only so many levers that retailers can pull when they want to boost revenue.

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Feeling optimistic? You're probably a Starbucks customer

You are, as they say, what you eat. But as our recent research shows, there’s more to it than that.

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Returning to the home-improvement store

When Home Depot and Lowe’s reported earnings a few weeks ago, a number of reporters came to us seeking insight into just why those particular retailers have prospered at a time when so many other big-name stores have fallen on hard times.

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Online shoe buyers: Curry vs Durant

The next NBA season begins in roughly two months. And it was roughly two months ago that basketball legend Kevin Durant announced he was joining the Golden State Warriors.

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From the high-end frying pan into the fire

Williams-Sonoma is going through a difficult time.

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The Amazon Echo echoes throughout retail

The iPhone has only been with us since January 2007. There were smartphones before that. But outside of Japan, they had little traction.

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Home is where the heart is

Retail may be hurting, but you’d never know it by looking at the giants of the home-improvement sector.

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What drives TJX earnings?

Once again TJX has posted earnings that are the envy of the retail sector.

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Cash in the database (Part 2)

Cash is still king … at least in some categories. As we wrote here several days ago, while only 2 percent of American consumers use cash for all purchases, some 93 percent of consumers use cash for some buys, and use plastic for others.

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Athletes’ feet (and what they wear on them)

Today marks the start of the track and field events at the Olympics in Rio. And that has the Checkout TrackingSM team particularly excited.

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Walmart goes shopping

Reports yesterday that Wal-Mart is in talks to acquire online retailer Jet.com had the entire retail universe talking.

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These boots are made for walking

Outdoors retailers, manufacturers and enthusiasts are gathering this week in Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

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Another day, another dollar

A recent data release from Checkout TrackingSM on the surprising demographics and behaviors of consumers at dollar stores continues to attract attention from the press.

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Kids grow so quickly; So do some Kids departments

If you’re the parent of young children, you know it’s a never-ending battle to keep them clothed. Just as you fill the closet with seasonally appropriate items that fit, the little ones have a growth spurt.

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A change of clothes

Call it the lingering effects of the financial crisis. Or attribute it to the frugality of millennials.

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Cash on the barrelhead; Cash in the database

Even in an era where plastic is ubiquitous, and payment apps are growing, there are millions of transactions conducted in cash every day.

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Games and sneakers

When you have considerable expertise with mobile-games data, as the Checkout TrackingSM team does, you’ll find myriad insights hidden in the numbers.

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The Prime Directive -- buy some electronics

Millions of people are expected to buy something today from Amazon. And the ecommerce giant is going to get the lion’s share of their wallet.

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Tencent’s purchase of Clash of Clans maker creates a goliath of in-app purchases

Tencent has agreed to buy a majority stake in Supercell, the maker of “Clash of Clans” and “Clash Royale” -- a deal that would give the Chinese company a piece of four of the five leading mobile games by in-app spending.

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People, not numbers

Here’s the thing about shopper data: It’s about people, not numbers. It’s about how they behave, where they go, what they desire and what they do to meet those desires.

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The kids' table

Growth in restaurant visits came to a stop in the most recent three-month period, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing information from our founding company, The NPD Group.

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