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Dec 6, 2014

U.S. holiday shopping discounts deepen, last longer

Dec 6 (Reuters) – Amarilis Sinchi visited Macy’s at a New
Jersey mall on Black Friday, but she waited until this week to
purchase the red fleece pajamas she had her eye on.

The 21-year-old student ended up paying $13 at the
department store, down from $30 on Friday, which has
traditionally been the best day for deals during the U.S.
holiday season. “The prices keep getting better,” she said,
planning a return to another store – Kohl’s – which had
dropped the price on LEGO toys.

Nov 19, 2014

Lower gas prices won’t raise holiday spending: Reuters Poll

By Jilian Mincer

(Reuters) – Almost two thirds of adults won’t spend more this holiday season despite lower gas and fuel costs, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows, in a bad sign for retailers looking for an extra boost in gift buying from cheaper prices at the pump.

The recent slide in gas prices and signs of economic improvement had raised the possibility of stronger holiday sales.

Sep 12, 2014

Insight – As Big Tobacco takes up e-cigarettes, investors look ahead

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – As electronic cigarettes flew off shelves on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years, investors flocked to a business some hope will be the future for tobacco.

Now sales growth is slowing from a 2011 peak and private funds are more cautious about the smokeless devices, making it harder for independent e-cigarette firms to raise capital and hitting their share prices.

Sep 12, 2014

As Big Tobacco takes up e-cigarettes, investors look ahead

LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) – As electronic
cigarettes flew off shelves on both sides of the Atlantic in
recent years, investors flocked to a business some hope will be
the future for tobacco.

Now sales growth is slowing from a 2011 peak and private
funds are more cautious about the smokeless devices, making it
harder for independent e-cigarette firms to raise capital and
hitting their share prices.

Sep 10, 2014

Insight – Retailers give themselves makeover as millennials follow own beat

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alison LePard, a 19-year-old college sophomore from Wellesley, Massachusetts, says that when she shops for clothes and accessories, her goal is a look that is uniquely hers. So she does a lot of mixing and matching.

“I don’t blindly follow what they put out,” LePard said of store displays. “I don’t want to wear just one brand. I don’t want to be a stereotype.”

Sep 10, 2014

Retailers give themselves makeover as millennials follow own beat

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Alison LePard, a 19-year-old
college sophomore from Wellesley, Massachusetts, says that when
she shops for clothes and accessories, her goal is a look that
is uniquely hers. So she does a lot of mixing and matching.

“I don’t blindly follow what they put out,” LePard said of
store displays. “I don’t want to wear just one brand. I don’t
want to be a stereotype.”

Aug 24, 2014

Dollar stores in battle to double down on the poor

By Jilian Mincer and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Like millions of Americans, Darnel Ware needs to save money, even if it’s 40 cents on a bag of flour.

He searches for those savings during his daily visits to the Family Dollar Store near his home in Fraser, Michigan,┬ásometimes stopping by as many as 10 times a week “if there are things I need,” said the 51-year-old home care provider. “I buy a lot of everything; merchandise and food products.”

Aug 24, 2014

Analysis – Dollar stores in battle to double down on the poor

By Jilian Mincer and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Like millions of Americans, Darnel Ware needs to save money, even if it’s 40 cents on a bag of flour.

He searches for those savings during his daily visits to the Family Dollar Store near his home in Fraser, Michigan,┬ásometimes stopping by as many as 10 times a week “if there are things I need,” said the 51-year-old home care provider. “I buy a lot of everything; merchandise and food products.”

Aug 1, 2014

Trendy vapor tanks muscling into e-cigarette sales

Aug 1 (Reuters) – The electronic cigarette, touted as a way
to cut smoking, is facing a serious contender that even smokers
find sexy.

Vapor tanks are typically hunkier and allow smokers and
would-be quitters to customize nicotine levels, as well as to
puff thousands of blissful flavors. A cult following is likely
to grow as “vaping” becomes more fashionable and more stores,
such as Walmart, carry the battery-powered metal tubes in a wide
range of colors.

Jul 30, 2014

Lorillard e-cigarette sales slip as competition rises

By Jilian Mincer

(Reuters) – Lorillard Inc. on Wednesday reported significant declines in its electronic cigarettes sales, raising questions about the strength of the nascent market.

The 3rd largest U.S. tobacco company owns industry leader blu eCig, which once had 47 percent of the U.S. market share. Sales of its electronic devices dropped 35 percent to $37 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 compared to $57 million for the same period last year. Its retail share fell 1.1 percentage point to 40.9 percent.