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Holiday 2019 Wasn’t So Jolly For Brick-and-Mortar Retailers and Challenges Will Continue

Early results are in and they show that holiday retail sales increased 3.4% (excluding automobiles), according to Mastercard’s post-Christmas holiday report for sales November 1 through December 24. But most of that growth, as well as through the rest of the year, is attributed to e-commerce.

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Do Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom Discount Outlets Draw Customers to their Full-Priced Luxury Stores?

Luxury department stores, like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks, have long been plagued by the problem of how to get rid of last season’s unsold merchandise without cluttering up their stores with too many sales signs and off-priced racks. It hurts the luxury brand image. While they could sell it through to liquidation wholesalers, the […]

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High-Spending HENRYs Will Pull Out Holiday Retail Sales This Season

I’m the first to admit that I am skeptical about the overly optimistic holiday sales forecasts that are filling my inbox. This year I am particularly surprised by how many forecasts top NRF’s predictably rosy predictions, which this year range from 3.8 percent to 4.2 percent. That’s why I nearly went into auto-delete mode when […]

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What’s Really Important About TheRealReal’s Partnership with Burberry

Burberry and the luxury resale marketplace The RealReal recently announced a partnership as a step forward toward a more conscientious, environmentally sound future. “Leading the way in creating a more circular economy for fashion is a key element of our Responsibility agenda,” Pam Batty, Burberry’s VP of corporate responsibility, said in a statement. “Through this […]

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LVMH Sees Luxury’s Future in Mission-Driven MadHappy

LVMH has a lock on the current luxury market. Its latest financial report testifies to that, with 16% revenue growth for the first nine months of 2019 to reach € 38.4 billion in revenue. That comes on top of 10% year-over-year growth in 2018 on €46.8 billion in sales. LVMH is the biggest and baddest […]