Consumer Trends: Page 2

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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
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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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    Home Depot pushes ahead of Lowe’s as it leans on pro customers

    A shorter spring impacted sales from DIY customers, but that disproportionately affected Lowe’s, which receives 75% of sales from that cohort.

    By Aug. 17, 2022
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    Target takes 87% hit to operating profit as it resets inventory

    The retailer resorted to markdowns after facing sluggish demand as consumers grapple with inflation. Was it a speed bump, or a sign of poor planning?

    By Aug. 17, 2022
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    Walmart sales rise, profits fall on inflation in Q2

    The retailer has gained market share and revenue. But sales and consumer shifts are eating into profits at the same time.

    By Aug. 16, 2022
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    Walmart picks Paramount as streaming partner for membership plan

    Starting in September, Walmart+ customers can access the ad-supported Paramount+ Essential tier at no extra cost.

    By Peter Adams • Aug. 16, 2022
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    Survey: Nearly three-fourths of footwear spend occurs online

    A majority of online footwear customers seek user-generated photos and videos when they shop, according to PowerReviews research. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Aug. 16, 2022
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    Best Buy reportedly cuts store jobs

    The retailer recently warned of sales declines as consumers pull back on electronics purchases.

    By Aug. 15, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Tommy Hilfiger teams with ThredUp, and has inflation finally peaked?

    The iconic fashion brand will provide shopping credit for certain items returned to ThredUp. Meanwhile, prices in July were flat month to month.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Aug. 12, 2022
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    Back-to-school challenges marketers as shoppers focus on savings

    Brand loyalty is out the window amid economic distress, tasking brands and retailers to find new ways to court once-faithful customers.

    By Jessica Deyo • Aug. 11, 2022
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    E-commerce prices decline for the first time in over two years: Adobe

    Online, there may be some relief in sight for high inflation that has rattled both consumers and retailers in recent months.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Aug. 10, 2022
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    US online retail sales to reach $1.6 trillion by 2027: report

    Total retail sales are expected to reach $5.5 trillion by that same year, according to Forrester.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Aug. 8, 2022
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    Why running brands are finally making shoes for women

    As the sport rises in popularity, brands are breaking from tradition and investing in running shoes that are actually manufactured for a woman’s foot.

    By Aug. 8, 2022
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    From revenue drain to loyalty driver: upgrading retail return experiences

    Returns management is an expensive business. Managed well, it’s also key to retaining customers, curbing losses and fueling revenue for the long haul.

    Aug. 8, 2022
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    Cowen downgrades Kohl’s as middle-income shoppers spend less on apparel

    The retailer and its peers could lose share to discounters as their customers get squeezed by rising prices and cut back on clothing purchases.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
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    Consumer wariness comes for Simon-owned retailers in Q2

    CEO David Simon told analysts that volatility in retail is “just the way of the world” and downplayed the REIT’s investment in the industry.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
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    Anthropologie launches denim recycling program

    The company said customers are invited to recycle any type of denim apparel item as long as it's made of 90% cotton or greater.

    By July 29, 2022
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    The Backroom: Planet retail

    Retailers know they have an important role in addressing climate change. But navigating sustainability is riddled with challenges.

    By Retail Dive Staff • July 28, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    As consumers return to stores, why would Amazon shut the door?

    The e-retailer is expanding its grocery fleet and experimenting with apparel stores. But it has abandoned stand-alone brick and mortar for book sales and other merchandise.

    By July 25, 2022
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    Urban Outfitters to bring Parade into select stores

    On the forefront of inclusive marketing in the competitive lingerie segment, the DTC brand joins others in turning to wholesale to stoke revenue.

    By July 25, 2022
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    Pottery Barn launches accessible home collection

    The line, which features select ADA-compliant products, includes desks, pivot mirrors, grab bars and motion lift chairs.

    By July 25, 2022
  • Hasbro, Mattel make gains in tough Q2

    Sales are up at the toy companies, but margins are still getting squeezed by supply chain costs. 

    By July 22, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Tractor Supply names chief marketer and Mattel partners with SpaceX

    Kimberley Gardiner joins the retailer as its former CMO retires. Meanwhile, the toy company signed a multi-year agreement with Elon Musk’s space firm.

    By Retail Dive Staff • July 22, 2022
  • Online prestige beauty sales drop 14%: report

    Macy’s and Target have increased in popularity, though, with Macy’s taking market share away from Sephora and Nordstrom’s online channels.

    By July 22, 2022
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    Kohl's outlook turns negative at S&P as it faces tough retail environment

    After acquisition talks ended, the retailer is under pressure from shareholders and consumers’ tightening wallets. 

    By July 21, 2022