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LIRA: Remodeling Market Expected To Decline In 2020

Annual gains in homeowner spending for improvements and repairs are set to give out by the second half of next year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

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Study: Convenience, Value Drive Retail Future Growth

Ascential expects convenience stores, food discount stores such as Aldi, discount stores, a term it uses to designate dollar and related general merchandise stores, and membership club stores, to lead retail growth among traditonal operators in the U.S. over the next five years.

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NRF: September Retail Sales Up 4.5%

Retail sales in September were up 4.5% year-over-year, but down 0.1% seasonally adjusted from August as the National Retail Federation cited ongoing consumer concerns over U.S.-China tensions for the slight decrease between August and September.

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Bed Bath & Beyond Teams With Vebo For Registry Gift Experiences

Bed Bath & Beyond has launched a new wedding registry category, Gift Experiences. In an exclusive partnership with experience platform Vebo, new and current registrants at Bed Bath & Beyond can now select and add Gift Experiences to their registry for more than 300 memorable experiences, in addition to adding items from the retailer’s product assortment.

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International Shipping Rules Changed In Favor Of U.S.

The Universal Postal Union, in an Extraordinary Congress, has given the United States the go-ahead to raise postal shipping rates on packages under 4.4 pounds, and end a break that gave international firms a big advantage over domestic companies in moving small-item packages.

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Stein Mart To Gain Feedback From Female Business Leaders

Stein Mart has formed the SMart Council, a panel of 13 accomplished, fashion-savvy businesswomen from key markets throughout the U.S. where the company operates. The panel will provide insight into their shopping patterns, what issues frustrate them, offer solutions and share objective views of their Stein Mart shopping experiences to generate ideas to improve the customer experience.

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Stay Focused To Find New Opportunities

As 2019 has taken a turn into the home stretch, retailers will be focused on squeezing every dollar out of the holiday season whose start seems to inch closer and closer to Labor Day each year.

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