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RH Pauses Plans as Ukraine, Supply Chain, Rising Interest Rates and Inflation Impact Demand

In the most recent RH earnings call, CEO Gary Friedman didn’t exactly hit the company’s brakes, but he did take his foot off the accelerator. Still proclaiming 2022 will be the year of new, that newness will be late on arrival. Reporting yearly and fourth-quarter results ending January 29, 2022, the company just met the […]

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Expect Another Hit To Supply Chain With New China Shutdowns And Conflict In Ukraine

Despite dire warnings about product shortages impacting holiday retail sales, American consumers found plenty to satisfy their needs. Retail sales for the year advanced a record 14% year over year, reaching $4.47 trillion excluding autos, auto parts stores and gas stations, reaching a 20 year high. Yes, shoppers have been forced to get used to […]

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Conspicuous Consumption Is Back as Higher Luxury Prices Drives Demand

The personal luxury goods market has come through the most disruptive year in recent history and emerged on the other side stronger than ever. After reaching a global high of $307 billion in 2019, industry sales dropped a whopping 22% in 2020 only to recover and even top it in 2021, reaching $309 billion, according […]

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Retail Unionization Is on the Rise at Amazon, Starbucks, REI and Apple

During the early days of the pandemic, a new phrase entered our lexicon: essential workers. Defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “Essential workers are those who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continue critical infrastructure operations.” Many retail employees fit that definition including those working in grocery […]

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Diamond Jewelry Industry Faces a New Threat: Russia Sanctions

Mere weeks ago, Bain and the Antwerp World Diamond Center (AWDC) issued their annual “Global Diamond Industry” report, recounting the diamond jewelry industry’s “brilliant recovery” from the pandemic downturn. Covering the entire diamond value chain from production to consumer sales, it reported, “In 2021, revenue increased 62% [year-over-year] in the diamond mining segment, 55% for […]

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