Consumer Trends


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    12 key dates of this holiday season: how to prepare for holiday early and drive profits

    Retailers have a huge opportunity to give holiday shoppers a reason to return, which will drive profitability and long-term growth.

    By Jason Fass and Kevin Fried • Sept. 27, 2022
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    Can fungi replace leather for retailers?

    As brands search high and low for alternatives that don't use animal products or plastic, more are turning toward mycelium.

    By Sept. 26, 2022
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    The state of small business

    Disruptions from the pandemic, e-commerce and broader economic trends continue to bedevil operations for small businesses.

    By Retail Dive staff
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    E-commerce apps lose pandemic luster: report

    New research shows downloads and marketing spending is declining amid shifts in consumer behavior, data privacy changes and recession fears.

    By Aaron Baar • Sept. 23, 2022
  • Halloween spending to surpass 2021 levels: NRF

    Participation in the holiday is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels as shoppers return to old habits.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Sept. 20, 2022
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    For Peloton, 2022 has been a rough ride

    The at-home gym company — along with its stock price — was riding on a high during the pandemic. Consumers brought it back to reality in 2022.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    5 retail trends driving new imperatives in 2022

    Oracle Retail's Mike Webster shares key trends and how to leverage the power of a retail platform.

    By Rose Spicer, Global Senior Director, Oracle Retail • Sept. 19, 2022
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    3 disruptive retail trends, and why retailers must adapt

    The retail landscape is changing at an ever-increasing pace, enabling some retailers to gain competitive advantages.

    Sept. 19, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Amazon invests $450M in driver program and Bed Bath & Beyond interim CEO could stay another year

    The e-commerce giant will invest in benefits for its Delivery Service Partners, while Sue Gove will reportedly remain with the home retailer for now.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Sept. 16, 2022
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    Holiday spending to rise 7.1%: Mastercard

    In its latest report, the credit card company anticipates shoppers will want discounts this holiday season to combat rising inflation. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Sept. 14, 2022
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    Holiday sales growth expected to slow this season: report

    Inflation is projected to impact consumer spending overall, while e-commerce sales are expected to grow more this season according to Deloitte.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
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    Kohl’s expands adaptive products offer with apparel for adults

    The effort furthers the retailer’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals and its access to what may be a $400 billion-plus market in just five years.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
  • What happened to off-price retail this year?

    The segment has thrived whether the economy was up or down, but its traditional resilience may not be what it once was.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
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    Consumers want gender-neutral clothing. Some retailers are listening.

    As demand grows for inclusive shopping experiences, brands are entering a category that changes the way labels and sizing work.

    By Sept. 7, 2022
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    Athleta launches intimates

    Its Rituals collection will be available online starting Sept. 20, as the company tries to provide a “first layer” for its shoppers. 

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    What Walmart and Target’s performance told us about retail for the rest of 2022

    Inventory, margins, traffic, pricing, food, gas, costs, holidays: The two giants act as a window into the market that everyone is trying to peer through.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    Best Buy US sales slide 13% as inflation, discounting take toll

    The retailer is trying to navigate volatility as strong demand in electronics subsides and other players clear out their excess inventory.

    By Aug. 30, 2022
  • High income shoppers have already spent nearly $9B on beauty in 2022: report

    Gen X and millennials are leading spending, according to a report by The NPD Group. 

    By Aug. 30, 2022
  • A red Burlington storefront says "ladies, mens, kids, baby, home, coats," as clouds billow overhead in a bright blue sky.
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    Burlington falls behind off-price rivals in Q2 as lower-income households feel inflation’s pinch

    The retailer's struggle in the period is also a bad sign for apparel sales in general, analysts say.

    By Aug. 30, 2022
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    Back-to-school consumers are holding out for discounts

    Shoppers have had different priorities this summer and remain focused on saving money as inflation squeezes their budgets.

    By Aug. 29, 2022
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    The Backroom: The remains of Sears

    Senior Reporter Ben Unglesbee discusses his recent trip to one of the few remaining Sears department stores in the country.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Aug. 25, 2022
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    As others battle inflation, Dick’s says its shopper is ‘holding up very well’

    The sporting goods retailer sounded a positive note on several issues challenging the rest of the industry, including inventory and labor.

    By Aug. 24, 2022
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    Shoppers await price hikes, seek discounts ahead of the holidays: survey

    Consumers say they are stressed about purchasing gifts due to inflation, and 56% want to buy during sales events like Labor Day and Black Friday. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Aug. 24, 2022
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    Bed Bath & Beyond is at risk of filing for bankruptcy. How did it get here?

    The retailer has lost sales and market share all while experiencing mounting losses. And without a leader at the helm, it faces an inflection point.

    By Aug. 19, 2022
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    Rising prices have made shoppers choosey, budget-minded and less loyal — but they’re still spending

    With some relief at the pump for consumers in July, retail sales held steady against inflation. But the rest of the year could be tough as the holidays approach.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    Inflation drives shopping changes for 85% of consumers: survey

    Low- and middle-income consumers could bear the brunt of inflation, creating trouble for retailers this holiday season, Morning Consult suggests.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Aug. 18, 2022