Is the Economy Finally Heating up Again?

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With GDP up, should retailers ratchet up their spring 2014 plans? Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt discusses.

Holiday Markdown Pressure

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A retailer asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Do I need to keep up with big box markdowns to compete?”

How Will a Late Thanksgiving Affect My Holiday sales?

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Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt discusses how the latest Thanksgiving in years will affect holiday sales.

Will the Shutdown Have a Lasting Impact on Consumers?

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Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt responds to a retailer who asks, “Will consumer uncertainty in the wake of the 16-day government shutdown continue to affect holiday sales?”

Will the Government Shutdown Affect Sales?

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Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt talks about how the government shutdown may affect retail.

Marketing Trunk Shows

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt about how to promote trunk shows.

Landing New Merchandise Early

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt a question about landing new merchandise early.

How much to buy into neon color trends

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Neon colors were everywhere during NY market, but how much should I buy?”

Are menswear sales outpacing women’s?

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “My menswear sales have been outpacing my sales of women’s wear for quite some time. Is this an overall market trend?”

Will spring 2014 be stronger?

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A reader asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Given that the economy is improving, do you expect spring 2014 to be stronger?”