Ask the Experts: Anticipating Slowing Profits

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Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt on how independent retailers should react to a slowing sales cycle.

Editor’s letter: Merchandising by big idea

Karen Alberg Grossman

Karen Alberg Grossman: Rather than by category or brand, try merchandising by “big idea.” The trick: finding the big idea.

Bracing for change

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Jillian LaRochelle: Good news in tailored clothing: retailers at both ends of the spectrum have proclaimed comebacks in the category.

Give ‘em the boot

J Shoes

Don’t miss out on this growing, best-selling category. Retail consultant Steve Pruitt advises that a missed opportunity for high-end men’s specialty stores for fall 2010 was the fashion boot. Collegefashionista.com, a blog focused on campus fashion at the Big Ten universities, polled 85 style writers from around the world during the fourth quarter of 2010, […]

Holiday Apparel Sales Strong, Driven by Menswear

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Holiday 2010 retail sales were strong in the U.S., particularly in apparel. According to MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse, consumer spending rose 5.5 percent over 2009 in November and December, and apparel was up more than 11 percent, driven by an impressive 10.5 percent boost in menswear. “If last year’s holiday story was about gaining some stability, […]