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Sporting goods category batting just above .500

Sporting goods category batting just above .500 Mike Troy The sporting goods industry is on the path of slow growth, but it is showing signs of improvement, with many chains projecting sales increases and some even announcing aggressive store openings. At the halfway point in the year, the National Sporting Goods Association forecasts 3.2% sales […]

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National brands driving discounters’ tire sales

National brands driving discounters’ tire sales Although the proportion of Kmart and Wal-Mart stores that carry tires continues to dip, mass merchants now command more than a fourth of the replacement tire market, thanks in large part to the boom in tires at wholesale clubs. And their market share promises to grow even larger–at the […]

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Bradlees: bringing up baby

Bradlees: bringing up baby – Apparel Merchandising The mass market is discovering that good things really do come in small packages. The latest parcel is infants’ apparel, which the industry is pegging as one of the best childrenswear opportunities for 1996. Bradlees, the beleaguered regional chain, is a leader in nurturing the infants’ business. The […]

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Toys ‘R’ Us shuffles executive team

Toys ‘R’ Us shuffles executive team – Brief Article PARAMUS, N.J. — In a move aimed at redefining its business, Toys “R” Us reorganized its management team, naming Mike Shannon, formerly president of U.S. toy stores, to the post of president of administration and logistics reporting to ceo John Eyler. Greg Stayle, formerly president of […]

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Uncertain climate spurs outlets; stores inch closer to off-prices turf

Uncertain climate spurs outlets; stores inch closer to off-prices turf – apparel factory outlet stores Richard Halverson Uncertain Climate Spurs Outlets Factory outlet stores are getting a powerful boost from the retail chaos engendered by the Ames and Campeau bankruptcies. No longer pipe rack operations carrying seconds and last year’s unsold styles, factory outlet stores […]

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The chain that Mr. Sam built: like Disney after Walt, a corporate giant redefines itself – Sam Walton – includes company time-line

The chain that Mr. Sam built: like Disney after Walt, a corporate giant redefines itself – Sam Walton – includes company time-line – The Power Retailers: Wal-Mart Richard Halverson The 35-year history of Wal-Mart divides neatly into two eras, the 30 years prior to the death of founder Sam Walton and the five years since. […]

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Toy manufacturers look ahead to shaky ’91

Toy manufacturers look ahead to shaky ’91 – Toy Merchandising Richard Halverson Toy Manufacturers Look Ahead to Shaky ’91 Vendors Will Struggle to Maintain Sales As Consumers Have Fewer Stores to Shop For toy manufacturers, 1990 was a difficult year, with estimated sales gains of 2% to 3%–or flat after adjustment for inflation. As a […]

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Toys ‘R’ Us appoints marketing head

Toys ‘R’ Us appoints marketing head – Brief Article PARAMUS, N.J. — Toys “R” Us is kicking its advertising and promotional efforts into high gear with the recent hiring of career advertising executive Warren Kornblum, who joined the company on Jan. 4 as senior vp and cmo. Formerly managing partner at Bozell Worldwide in New […]

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Racing Champions

http://www.looksmart.com/ http://www.findarticles.com/ FindArticles > Discount Store News > March 8, 1999 > Article > Print friendly Racing Champions Racing Champions, best known for its Nascar line of die-cast care, signed a letter of intent last month to acquire The Ertl Co. and its popular line of John Deere and agricultural die cast replicas. Thomas the […]

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Mass has most to gain on line

Mass has most to gain on line Cecile B. Corral As the Internet continues to build its reputation as the ultimate sales channel for discount merchandise at everyday low prices, the dawn of the new high-tech millennium holds lots of promise for mass market retailers. Forrester Research estimates that general merchandise could generate about $38 […]