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retail aug 2015-2014

Trends at Retail Reveal What Shoppers Want — and It Isn’t more Discounts, but More Fun

Consumers Vote with their Wallets Through August 2015, retail sales excluding automobiles and food services, trails that from last year by .4%.  To date retail sales of $2.327,435 million lags the $2,337,399 million produced through August 2014. If retailers hope to overcome these trends in the fourth quarter, they will need to do something big […]

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Real Estate Professionals: Are You Stuck Selling New Homes to Yesterday’s Buyers?

Understand the next generation’s needs and longings for home       Back in 1992, my husband and I carved out a 2 acre lot from 20 acres of woodland in Lancaster County, PA, home of the Amish, and built a custom home in the country. We’ve been here ever since, as our sons grew […]

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Luxury Report USA

Luxury Report USA Tracks Seven-Years of Trends in the World’s Largest Market for Luxury Goods & Services

The U.S. luxury market is the world’s largest, by far Totaling an estimated €64.9 billion in 2014, the U.S. is larger than the next four largest markets combined, according to Bain/Altagamma. The U.S. represents luxury brand’s greatest marketing opportunity because the number of Americans who can afford to pay luxury prices dwarfs that of any […]

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4Q GAFO Retail Sales

REI Nailed It with #OptOutside!

REI knows ‘Black Friday’ isn’t ‘Black Friday’ anymore, so closing its stores won’t hurt, but only help the brand REI, a unique co-op retailer whose members pay a fee to belong, got unimaginable publicity with its announcement that its stores will remain closed on ‘Black Friday.’ #OptOutside, which encourages its members to spend the day […]

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How Lovesac Is Marketing Home Furnishings in New Luxury Style

A new generation of affluent customers demands a new way of marketing luxury goods and services.  Millennials on the road to affluence don’t want their father’s or their grandfather’s luxury; they want their own! The coming generation of affluent luxury customers brings a whole new set of expectations and ideas about what luxury is and […]

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