Retail trade group sees holiday sales up 3.6% to 5.2%, posting 'strong finish' to 2020 in spite of pandemic
The National Retail Federation said Monday it expects holiday sales during November and December to rise between 3.6% and 5.2% year over year, amounting to between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion. "Given the pandemic, there is uncertainty about consumers' willingness to spend," NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. Last year, holiday sales rose 4% to $729.1 billion, NRF said. And holiday sales on average have increased 3.5% for the past five years. British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca said Monday an interim analysis of clinical trials showed its coronavirus vaccine has an average efficacy of 70% in protecting against the virus.cnbc.com
Retail trade group tells consumers this holiday season to shop 'safe and early'
Consumers begin their Black Friday specials shopping as Macys opens their doors at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day on November 28, 2019 in New York. The retail industry's leading trade group has a message to customers ahead of the 2020 holiday season, which will be unlike any other: Get your shopping done early in order to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The National Retail Federation announced Tuesday the debut of its new ad campaign, "Shop safe, shop early." "Retailers are ready with inventory and sales, and there's no reason to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to kick off your gift shopping." CDC also noted that shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday or the days that follow are lower risk.cnbc.com
18-year-old charged in assault of Macys store manager at Genesee Valley Center Flint
FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton charged an 18-year-old Mount Morris Township man in the assault of a manager at the Macys department store in the Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township. In surveillance video obtained from Macys by Flint Township police, Palmer is seen walking around the store; he then approaches and punches the manager in the head from behind knocking him to the floor. The video shows Palmer continuing to strike the manager while he is on the floor. Leyton indicated that despite public comments on social media, the police investigation did not uncover any evidence of provocation by the store manager. He also said there is no audio on the Macys store surveillance video contrary to what some had indicated.
Gold and diamonds lose luster, but garden supply sales shine
Following are developments Tuesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________LOSING LUSTER: The coronavirus pandemic has forced the closure of thousands of retail locations and altered consumer behavior dramatically. The path of the COVID-19 pandemic was traced fairly closely by the closure of Tiffany & Co. stores across the globe. However in China, where the pandemic began, sales in April rose 30% as cities recovered, and by 90% in May. Early figures show same-store sales at Signet Jewelers slid 38.9% in its fiscal first quarter with all stores closed.
Retailers reopening more stores, tourism expanding
The chain began to reopen stores earlier this month and expects most stores to be open in mid-June. TJX Canada began reopening stores in some provinces this week, and stores in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands and Australia are fully open. Victorias Secret said Thursday its closing 250 stores in the next few months, about a quarter of all its stores. The sales drop was the largest one-month decline since a 22.5% fall in July 2010. The Finance Ministry said imports fell 7% to 6.1 trillion yen ($57 billion) from 6.6 trillion yen.
Dearborn Police: Man wanted for indecent exposure after incident at Macys in Fairlane Town Center
A photo of the suspect released by the Dearborn Police Department. DEARBORN Dearborn Police are investigating an alleged incident exposure incident at the Macys in Fairlane Town Center that occurred on January 10 at approximately 7 p.m.During the incident two women were in a bathroom when a Black male believed to be in his early 30s exited one of the stalls with his genitals exposed, a press release said. The two women screamed at the man and he fled the bathroom into the mall area. This type of behavior that victimizes women in our community is totally unacceptable, said Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad. We will continue to utilize all resources until this suspect is brought to justice.Macys said in a statement that they take these situations very seriously.arabamericannews.com
Indecent Exposure Incident in Dearborn
Indecent Exposure Incident in DearbornDearborn, MI On Friday, January 10, 2020, at approximately 7:00 pm, two females entered the womens bathroom at Macys in the Fairlane Town Center. While the women were in the female bathroom, an early 30s black male exited one of the stalls with his genitals exposed. The women screamed at the man and he fled the bathroom into the mall area. Officers searched for the subject but were unable to locate him. Any information as to the identity of this subject should be directed to the Dearborn Police Department at (313) 943-2241.arabamericannews.com
Indecent exposure incident takes place at Fairlane Town Center
Indecent Exposure Incident in DearbornDearborn, MI On Friday, January 10, at approximately 7 p.m., two women entered the womens bathroom at Macys in the Fairlane Town Center. While they were in the bathroom, a Black man in his early 30s exited one of the stalls with his genitals exposed. The women screamed at the man and he fled the bathroom into the mall area. Officers searched for the subject, but were unable to locate him. Any information as to the identity of this subject should be directed to the Dearborn Police Department at (313) 943-2241.arabamericannews.com