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Retail and Consumer 2012

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More luxury outlets planned to lure US bargain hunters

NEW YORK Top luxury brands that long ago shunned outlet malls as America's bargain bin are now moving more aggressively with plans to build more outlet stores and take advantage of shoppers' love of bargains.


Retail leaders pine over simple holiday gifts

NEW YORK The year-end holiday season often brings children a dizzying array of smartphones, videogames and computers, but the retail executives who sell these items remember a time when gifts were much simpler.


Walletless shopping still a dream this holiday

Tech-savvy holiday shoppers who are counting on using their mobile devices to avoid miles-long check-out lines are unlikely to see that Christmas wish come true this year.

Retailers see a somewhat jolly US holiday season

NEW YORK It's beginning to look a lot like last Christmas.

Fashion brands say long live department stores

NEW YORK, September 14 - So much for the death of department stores.


Groupon working on global consumer deals

Groupon Inc is working on cross-border and multi-country deals as the world's largest online daily deals provider looks for newer ways to build market share and help retailers broaden their footprint, a top executive said.


Home Depot steps up e-commerce efforts in China

NEW YORK Home Depot Inc has already started selling goods on website 360buy.com in China and is looking for opportunities to partner with other e-commerce sites as it tries to maintain a presence in the world's most populous country even as it abandons its big box stores there.


M&S boss says stock problems fixed, feels relaxed

LONDON Marks & Spencer has fixed the stock management problems that hit womenswear sales in the last six months, its CEO said, adding he did not feel under pressure from investors despite renewed talk of a possible bid for the British retailer. | Video

Dubai retailer Paris Gallery plans IPO

DUBAI Dubai group Paris Gallery, which stocks a $300,000 perfume among its luxury products, is planning an initial public offering it said would provide a "safety net" for the family-owned business and help it expand beyond the Gulf.

Tumi CEO plans for about 50 U.S. airport stores

NEW YORK Tumi Holdings Inc plans to make stores in airports a big part of its expansion push, and the high-end luggage and accessories maker could have about 50 such stores in the United States over time, up from a handful now, its chief executive said on Thursday.


Burberry warning could delay luxury M&A

PARIS British fashion house Burberry's profit warning this week could put on ice potential acquisitions in the luxury sector as fears are growing that the industry's growth forecasts could be cut further, a top corporate finance executive told Reuters.


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