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Black Friday

IBM predicts strong holiday shopping season

IBM predicts strong holiday shopping season

ARMONK, N.Y. — With retailers gearing up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, IBM’s 2018 Holiday Retail Forecast (indicates this shopping season could be a win in many segments, with a 4.83% year-over-year growth seen across the industry this year. A number of factors are expected to drive the increase and provide reason for retailer optimism: Consumer

CoverGirl to open Times Square flagship store on Black Friday

CoverGirl to open Times Square flagship store on Black Friday

NEW YORK — The highly anticipated launch of the CoverGirl Times Square flagship store will happen on Black Friday, November 23. The brand’s first permanent retail store will serve as a physical embodiment of the CoverGirl “I Am What I Make Up” brand philosophy, where consumers can immerse themselves in an experiential beauty playground centrally

Optimism surrounds holiday shopping season

Optimism surrounds holiday shopping season

NEW YORK — Pervasive optimism over the economy and strong early online sales signaled a robust holiday shopping season. Economic growth, a lack of inflation, rising wages and low unemployment have buoyed consumers and augured a willingness to spend significantly through December. And while many shoppers are favoring online purchases, the general enthusiasm was also

Drug chains post modest sales gains during holidays

NEW YORK — Drug chains were not immune to the shift in holiday shopping away from brick-and-mortar retailing, as sales growth barely exceeded 4%. That was down from last season’s 4.4% advance in holiday retail sales, and well off the 5.4% gain of five years ago. Same-store sales were up 1.8%, virtually unchanged from 2014.

Holiday retail sales edge up in 2015

Holiday retail sales edge up in 2015

NEW YORK — Drug chains were not immune to the shift in holiday shopping away from brick-and-mortar retailing. Holiday retail sales growth barely exceeded 4%, down from last season’s 4.4% advance and well off the 5.4% gain of five years ago, according to research by Racher Press, the publisher of Chain Drug Review. Same-store sales

It’s time for drug chains to get creative

It’s time for drug chains to get creative

Black Friday is here — again. But the current promotion bears little resemblance to the event that, apparently eons ago, ushered in the Christmas selling season by offering shoppers, for a limited time on the day following Thanksgiving, holiday specials that lured customers into all manner of stores. Black Friday today appears to linger for