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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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