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The latest retail headlines, curated by Retail Leader.

June 2

Macy's cuts full-year outlook in latest sign of retail weakness
Buy Buy Baby draws sale interest in Bed Bath & Beyond bankruptcy, one bidder looks to save stores

May 31

Nordstrom beats quarterly sales estimates as apparel demand holds up
The collapse of the 'unremarkable middle' might be the best way to describe what's going wrong for retailers

May 25

Target quietly moves Pride merchandise in some stores as conservative activists declare victory
Kohl's rises on surprise profit as CEO's turnaround plan shows effect 

May 17

Target CEO: We're seeing 'violent' incidents in our stores, and it's costing us millions
Activist firms call on Dollar General, Dollar Tree to improve worker safety, wages

May 12

The real reasons stores such as Walmart and Starbucks are closing in big cities

Chat GPT and retail: Reality, hype, what's next and how to prepare

May 10

The decline of the five-day commute is a boon to suburban retail

Under Armour sends potential warning sign about retailers’ profits

May 5

Bed Bath & Beyond spinoff Christmas Tree Shops prepares bankruptcy filing

Macy's opens more strip mall stores as expansion strategy faces pivotal test

May 3

Nordstrom is the latest retailer to leave San Fransisco 

Jenny Craig tells employees it will shut its doors

May 1

Retailers locking up everyday products, frustrating customers

As banks fail, retail bankruptcies rise

April 21

Ikea to open 17 new U.S. stores in $2.2 billion expansion

Procter & Gamble hikes prices again with scant pushback, and boosts sales view

April 19

The pandemic led to a resurgence of independent retail

Here's who's shopping the most at 11 major stores

April 14

Retail sales tumble in another sign of a softening U.S. economy

Walmart to sell menswear brand Bonobos to Express, WHP Global for $75 million

April 12

Why Walmart is closing half its stores in Chicago

Restaurant prices are rising faster than grocery prices for the first time since inflation ran hot

April 7

Walmart sees sustained pressure from inflation; to slow hiring pace

Retailers tackle cardboard overload with made-to-fit Boxes

April 5

Bed Bath & Beyond gets merchandise lifeline as it faces bankruptcy threat 

Gen Z loves the same brand that teens have loved for over a decade

March 31

Retail investors flee Bed Bath & Beyond when it needs them most

Amazon must face California lawsuit claiming its prices are too high, judge says

March 30

Walgreens revenue rises despite sharp decline in demand for Covid tests, vaccines

Walmart is rolling out a new perk to its $98 annual Walmart+ membership — early access to a new Oreo flavor

March 24

Millennials plan to stick with online shopping even as stores rebound, new survey finds

Amazon, other retailers revamp 'free' shipping as costs soar

March 22

White Claw unveils branded vodka as it enters the spirits category
Harris Teeter celebrates new logo, slogan with donation to Second Harvest

March 17

Retailers see a tough year ahead, so they're rolling out the recession playbook
Dollar General misses estimates as customers curb spending, costs rise

March 15

U.S. retail sales point to underlying strength in the economy  
Kellogg names snacking unit Kellanova ahead of planned spinoff 

March 10

CFOs warily watch—and wait—for an acceleration in Fed interest-rate hikes 
Why major retailers should be nervous about their growing off-price rivals

March 8

Global brands look to boost media investment in women's sports
Adidas, burnt by Kanye West split, seeks a new focus

March 3

As retail stores close downtown, new ones open in suburbs
New York to double number of cannabis dispensary licenses

March 1

Target leans into 'affordable joy' and its cheap chic reputation as sales slow 
As dollar stores proliferate, some communities say no

February 24

Suburban retail adapts to changing shopping habits
Virginia passes law to crack down on organized retail theft

February 22

Walmart and Home Depot are getting ready for a consumer slowdown
Dick’s Sporting Goods to buy e-commerce outdoor retailer Moosejaw from Walmart

February 15

Wall Street mixed as retail sales point to more rate hikes

Consumers' call for convenience could spark self-service checkout expansion

February 10

Kroger and Albertsons zero in on store divestitures amid deal review -sources

Adidas could lose over $750 million as it tries to figure out what to do with its stockpile of Yeezys

February 8

Amid food inflation, more shoppers turn to dollar stores for groceries

Shoppers to face fresh price hikes as stores, suppliers pass on costs

February 3

Fanatics to start livestreamed shopping of trading cards, collectibles

Amazon's outlook disappoints as customer budgets stay tight

February 1

Peloton doesn't care that equipment is losing money, sees path forward in the app

Walmart throws shade at Amazon over new $150 minimum for free grocery delivery

January 27

H&M Highlights Fast-fashion Gloom as Luxury Takes Hit in China

Hasbro Warns of Weak Holiday Quarter Results, Cuts 15% Of Its Workforce

January 25

Apple Begins Hiring for Effort to Bring Retail Chain to Malaysia

Wealthy Boomers Are Buying More Skechers — And It’s a Problem for Nike

January 20

America’s Largest Party Supply Store Files for Bankruptcy

Stores Say Shoplifting Is a National Crisis. The Numbers Don’t Back It Up

January 18

Retail Sales Continued To Fall in December as Shoppers Battled Inflation

Amazon’s Largest Layoff in Company History Hits Retail, HR, Cloud Teams

January 13

Last Year Was Horrible In Retail, But This One Looks Worse

Home Depot To Change Pay Policy for Hourly Employees

January 11

Amazon Plans to Close 3 UK Warehouses, Impacting 1,200 Workers

LVMH Names New Louis Vuitton CEO, Puts Arnault Daughter in Charge of Dior

January 6

‘Maybe We Cried Too Much’ Over Shoplifting, Walgreens Executive Says

Macy’s Warns Holiday-quarter Will Come in Light, Citing Squeeze on Shoppers’ Wallets

January 4

Retailers Brace for Tougher Times and More Frugal Customers in 2023

Retail Pharmacies Can Now Dispense Abortion Pills. But Will They?

December 21

Target Hopes Value-hungry Shoppers Will Come to the Rescue This Holiday Season

New York City’s Chain Stores Still Haven’t Bounced Back

December 16

Retail Sales, Manufacturing Declines Point to Slowing Economy

Retail Sales Fell 0.6% In November as Consumers Feel the Pressure From Inflation


December 14

Dollar General’s New Popshelf Stores Chase Inflation-Weary Shoppers in the Suburbs

Supermarkets Push Store Brands to Lure Cost-Conscious Shoppers


December 9

Walmart-Backed Fintech Startup Plans to Launch Its Own Buy Now, Pay Later Loans

Primark Owner Sticks to Forecast of Lower Profit in 2022-23


December 7

Walmart CEO Warns Company Will Close Stores if Theft Doesn’t Slow Down


Cigarette Companies Ordered to Display Health Warning Signs at Retailers


December 2

Kroger Hikes Forecast After Stronger Grocery Sales Top Estimates

Adidas Sticks to World Cup Sales Outlook Despite Germany’s Exit


November 30

Kroger, Albertsons CEOs Defend Grocery Tie-Up, Say Deal Won’t Hurt Competition


Doordash Is Laying Off 1,250 Employees and Sounding the Alarm on the Food Delivery Industry


November 25

Walmart Overtakes Amazon in Shoppers' Search for Black Friday Bargains
Thanksgiving Sales Overcome Inflation Gloom, Hit Record $5.3 Billion


November 23

Covid-Hit Hong Kong Loses Luxury Shopping Crown to New York

Nike Scores Critical Win in Sweeping Gender Discrimination Lawsuit


November 18

Goldman Sees Holiday Sales Creating Volatility in Retail Stocks

Gap Beats on Third-Quarter Revenue, but Tempers Expectations for Holiday Season


November 16

Retail Sales Surged by 1.3% In October as Consumers Continue to Spend Despite Inflation

Walmart Is Crushing Target by Luring Wealthier Shoppers and Dominating Groceries


November 11

All Sobeys-Owned Stores, Pharmacies Functional Again After Computer Problems

Gyms and At-Home Fitness Battle for Prominence This Holiday Season


November 9

Adidas Warns of Big Earnings Hit After Ending Ye Partnership

Peloton Co-founder John Foley Launches Business Selling Custom Rugs Directly to Consumers


November 4

Carvana Stock on Pace for Worst Day Ever as Outlook Darkens for Used Vehicle Market

U.S. Holiday Sales to Slow as Inflation Tests Consumer Resilience


November 2

A Resale ‘Revolution’: Affluent Shoppers Embrace Secondhand Shopping

Walmart Is Testing ‘Cute’ Tiny Stores In Vacation Spots Far From Big Boxes


October 28

Foot Locker Suffers A One-Two Punch As It Cuts Ties With Yeezy And Nike Pulls Back

Walmart, Disney Among Top 12 Employers That Laid off Thousands During the Pandemic, House Inquiry Finds

October 26

Sneaker Resellers See Dollar Signs In Kanye’s Split With Adidas

Troubled Retailers Hunker Down for Holiday Stress Test


October 21


Big Bargains Will Dominate the Holiday Season, but Shoppers May Not Be Sold


Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and at Least 15 Other Retailers Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving This Year — See the List


October 19


U.S. Retailers Fill Store Shelves with Leftover Holiday Inventory


How the Warehouse Boom Devoured America's Workforce


October 14


These Retail Chains May Not Survive a Recession


US Retail Sales Stagnate as Inflation, Rates Hit Consumers


October 12


Retailers' Stockpiles Mean Deep Holiday Discounts Starting Now


One-Third Vacant, Massachusetts Mall Shows Why Regional Operators Are in a Bind


October 7


Adidas Says Its Relationship With Kanye West Is Under Review


Retail Real Estate Is Enjoying Its Biggest Revival in Years


October 5


Amazon Freezes Corporate Hiring in Its Retail Business


Peloton Will Put Bikes in Every Hilton-Branded Hotel in the U.S.


September 30


Rite Aid Loss Hits $311 Million As Inflation Pressures Rise


Nike Is Getting Ready to Discount Product Across North America, But The Company Expects to Finish Before the Holidays 


September 28


What Kroger, Walmart, Target Learned From China's Alibaba About Grocery's Future


Bed Bath & Beyond Aspired to Be the Next Target. But Strategic Mistakes Made It the Year's Biggest Retail Train Wreck



September 23


Canada Retail Sales Rebound After Mid-Summer Spending Slump


Bed Bath & Beyond’s Merchandise Problems Will Make it Hard to Pull Off a Turnaround This Holiday Season



September 21


Peloton Adds $3,195 Rowing Machine to Fitness Equipment Lineup


Nordstrom Adopts Poison Pill After Mexican Retailer Buys Stake



September 16


Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company


Bed Bath & Beyond Releases List of 56 Stores it Plans to Close 



September 14


Buzzy DTC Brands Are Getting a Major Reality Check


Eco-Conscious Buyers Are Shifting Consumer Trends, Here’s How Retailers Are Responding



September 12


Retailers Brace as 70% Of Us Consumers Skip Retail Purchases To Buy Groceries and Gas


5 Key Trends to Watch in Modern Retailing



September 7


Retailers Embrace 'Inclusive Sizing'


Food Retailers Are Navigating ‘Extreme Obstacle Course,’ FMI Survey Finds



September 5


Bed Bath & Beyond CFO Falls to Death Days After Company Announces Massive Closures and Layoffs


Kohl’s Launching New Retail Focus That Competes With Target



September 1


The Top Five Trends for Luxury Retail in 2023


2022 Key Trends in Brick-and-Mortar Business



August 29


IoT Is Changing Retail: 5 Trends You Should Leverage in 2022


New York’s Soho Is the Place for Metaverse Fashion Retail



August 24


Pandemic Recovery Spawns New Shopping Trends


Security Trends for Start-Up Retailers To Drive Better Customer Experience & Business Intelligence



August 21


Sustainability Trends Dominating the Retail Industry


The Top Beverage Alcohol Tech Trends in 2022



August 18


Shopify Lays Off 1,000 Employees Amid Shifting Retail Trends


Retail and Metaverse: Virtual Showrooms Are the Future of Retail Industry



August 15


In-Store Experience: 7-Eleven’s Evolution Store


Solutions & Innovations: E-Commerce & Beyond



August 10


With Magic Mushrooms, Small Businesses Lead, Hoping Laws Will Follow


How This Company’s Organic Bed Helped It Survive the DTC Mattress Wars



August 7


The Biggest Food & Beverage Trends: Retail And Foodservice


Why Is Maybelline Closing Its Brick-and-Mortar Stores in China?



August 3


10 Trends Shaping the Future of Consumer Engagement


The State of Retail Media



August 1


Even as Retail Sales Drop, Amazon and Walmart Have Created Thriving Ad Businesses


Metaverse and Retail:  Why Consumers Will Be Looking at the Metaverse as the Next Big Shopping Venue



July 27


Meet Tory: The Robot Kmart Is Using To Manage Inventory at Its Stores


The Role of AI in Robotics



July 25


PWC Analysis: How the Metaverse Is Changing Retail and Consumer Goods Industry


Retail Trends: Hype Brands Learn To Get Retail Real



July 20


These Consumer Trends Are Defining the Future of Brick and Mortar


Toys ‘R’ Us Is Coming Back. Soon, It’ll Be Almost Everywhere



July 18


U.S. Retail Sales Top Forecast in Boost From High Inflation


From Pizza Earrings To Tie-dyed Scrunchies: Inside Claire’s Remarkable Turnaround



July 13


Omnichannel Drives Opportunities for Pet Food


How Retail Media Is Powering Smarter Contextual Marketing



July 11


eBay’s Resurgence in Recommerce Is Being Led by Gen Z Shoppers


Activation Gallery: In-Store Technologies 2.0



July 6


3 Trends to Watch as Retailers Prep for Back-to-School, Holiday Shopping


NRF: 2022 Top 100 Retailers



July 1


Why Private Label Brands Are Having Their Moment


Will a Looming Recession Sink the Cannabis Industry, or Will It Stay Afloat?



June 30


Rising Retail Inventories Point to Discounts Ahead


Four Exciting Technologies for Fashion Retail



June 27


Just Keep Your Returns: Stores Weigh Paying You Not To Bring Back Unwanted Items


The Retail Industry is Facing a Potential Wave of Bankruptcies – Here’s Why



June 22


Fashion Retailers Rebalancing Childrenswear’s Gender Mix


Amazon E-Commerce: More Losses Ahead



June 20


Juneteenth Merchandise Turns off Some Shoppers


Her Dog Died Suddenly. Then a Chewy Delivery Brought a Surprise.



June 15


U.S. Retail Sales Stumble as Inflation Bites


Probing Reality and Myth in the Metaverse



June 12


Gen Z Shopping Habits


The Biggest Mall Owner in the U.S. Hopes To Create a New Sales Holiday as Inflation Surges


June 8


Target Inventory Warning Portends Retail Bloodbath


Zara Now Charges for Some Returns. Will Other Retailers Follow?



June 3


What Retail Inventory Misses and Markdowns Signal About the Market’s Fight Against Inflation


How Fashion Brands Are Targeting the Emerging Metaverse



June 1


Using Design Elements to Make Shop-in-Shops ‘Pop’ — or Not


Starbucks and Nestle Refresh Retail PackagingWhat Retail Inventory Misses and Markdowns Signal About the Market’s Fight Against Inflation



May 29


Using a Blended Mix of Bricks and Clicks To Drive Retail 2.0


New Database Opens Up Wine Retail



May 25


Walmart Apologizes for Selling Juneteenth-Themed Ice Cream


China's Gen Z Has the Power to Make or Break Western Brands



May 20


Analysis: ‘Retail Apocalypse’: Wall Street Shaken by Inflation-induced Earnings Hits


Fashion Brands Are Launching In-House Secondhand Programs. Here’s Why



May 9 


The Future of Retail Has Never Been Murkier


Meta’s First-Ever Retail Store Just Opened in the Bay Area. Here’s What it’s Like.



May 4


American Dream Mall Reveals It Has Landed A Retail Prize - An Apple Store


The Premium Inventory Opportunity Amid the Retail Media Surge


April 27


Retail and Consumer IPOs, Deals Tail Off as More Businesses Set Their Sights on 2023


How Retail Media Ad Platforms Are Rewriting The Walled Garden Playbook


Google Will Open A New Retail Store In Williamsburg


April 22


American Eagle is Pitching a ‘Frenemy Network’ of Vertical Logistics to its Retail Peers — And it’s Paying Off


UK Cost of Living Crisis Dents Retail Sales and Service Sector


Apple Workers in Atlanta Become Company's 1st Retail Workers to File to Unionize


April 20


NYC Apple Retail Workers Want a $30 Minimum Wage


Up to 50,000 More Retail Stores Will Close in the Next 5 Years, Forecast Says



April 14


Retail Sales Rose Slightly in March Even as Gas, Food Prices Spike


UBS Expects 50,000 Store Closures in the U.S. Over the Next 5 years After Pandemic Pause


‘The Mall is Not Dead’ Amid Rise in Online Shopping, Retail Expert Says



April 13


Goodbye, Minimalism: How Gen Z Is Reshaping Retail Product Design


Meta Plans to Take a Nearly 50% Cut on Virtual Asset Sales in Its Metaverse




April 8


Retail Crime Is Hurting Companies and Making Inflation Worse. What Investors Should Know.


4 Retail Lessons From Top Brands


Lucky is Bringing Brands, Retailers Together with its Take on Product Merchandising



    April 6


    3 Supply Chain Challenges Impacting Retail in 2022


    How Retail is Using Digital Twins


    April 1


    Boomerang Employees Returning to Arts, Education, IT, Healthcare and Retail Jobs


    As Energy Price Hikes Bite, Retailers Look To Sustainability To Cut Costs


    March 25


    As Western Retail Brands Exit, Russia Looks East for Replacements


    One of Europe’s Largest Retailers, Still in Russia, Angers Its Ukraine Workers


    U.S. Plant-Based Food Retail Sales Reach $7.4B