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Retailers, consumers and prices

Thank you… come again


tiffany1.jpgNo, really. That is what Tiffany executives must think, looking at the sea of tourists at its fabled flagship store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

Eclipsing a 4-percent drop in same-store sales in its other stores, the New York store posted a 16-percent rise.

Thanks to those tourists, U.S. same-store sales in the quarter for Tiffany didn’t slip into the red.

The jeweler, best known for its classic designs and the robin-blue box, is now thinking that its U.S. sales will start to look up later than expected, and is, instead, looking to markets like Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, other than Japan, for good fortunes.

Tax rebates are here … and so are those nagging bills!


Tax rebate checks are in the mail and some of the rebate cash has already made its way to consumers’ wallets. But will this cash infusion give the economy (and struggling retailers) a boost?grocery.jpg

According to interviews Reuters conducted with consumers across the United States over the past week, the answer seems to be that most of the extra money will be heading toward the basics — like food, fuel and credit card payments — with just a little left over for splurges.

American small business owners put on a brave face – survey


clouds12.jpgAmerican small business owners are a resolute lot, pushing ahead with plans to grow their operations despite losing a large chunk of sales to soaring energy costs, an American Express OPEN survey showed on Friday.

Ironically, most are also day-dreamers who look on the bright side , the survey added.