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NRF to Honor Retail's Contributors

Twenty-five individuals will be celebrated for their contributions to the future of retailing at the NRF Foundation's inaugural dinner gala.

Men’s wear, ath-leisure, Marshal Cohen, NPD Group, trends, 2015 outlook

Slim Suits, Ath-leisure Driving Men's Business

Men's wear was among the hottest categories in 2014, and expectations are high that the momentum will continue into the new year.

oil, price, crude-oil exports, China, Asia, consumer spending

Oil Price Drop Has Pluses and Minuses

The oil price collapse in 2014 has been a boon for U.S. consumers and bad news for financial markets.

Gold Expected to Drive Margins in 2015-16

With the dollar rising and the price of oil falling, gold is losing its value, meaning that jewelers can expect to pay less for the precious metal.

Boodles, British pound, Michael Wainwright, Patek Philippe, Boodles,

Weaker Currencies Shake Up Luxury

The stronger pound has been a “major headwind” for tourist spending in the U.K., according to a new report.

New York, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, mall, rent, Robert Knakal, Massey Knakal, real estate, 2015 outlook, retail,

No Ebb Seen in Rising Real Estate Prices

In 2014, asking rents in New York broke records, Brooklyn neighborhoods came into their own, and American mall operators got creative.

euro zone, Greece, Lithuania, Markit, Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, PMI, 2015 outlook, economy, euro

Euro Zone to Stay Wobbly in Coming Year

A combination of sluggish growth, low inflation, high unemployment and weak investment has some observers predicting a pattern of chronically slow expansion.

economy, U.S., consumer confidence, IHS Global Insight, Chris G. Christopher Jr., 2015 outlook,

Bright Spots Seen in U.S. Economy

As the U.S. begins 2015, consumer confidence was up in December, boosted by pump price declines since early July.

luxury, NetBase Solutions, Brand Passion Report, Coach, luxury, 2015 outlook, ecommerce, e-commerce, online shopping

European Brands Dominate Online Luxury Survey

They appear to have a firm, tightening grip on luxury fashion in cyberspace that's leaving little room for U.S. players.

China, Japan, luxury, Asia, 2015 outlook, consumer spending, economy

China Forecasted to Hold Up, but Japan Soft

The retail sector in China should hold up nicely in the coming year, even against the backdrop of slowing economic growth and a continuing antigraft campaign.

Christmas, holiday, forecast, Jerry Storch, Hudson’s Bay, Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney, Home Depot, Gap, Target, Bloomingdale’s, The Bon-Ton Stores, Foot Locker, 2015 outlook

Retailers Focus on the Positive Going Into '15

As they head into a new year, U.S. retailers have a degree of momentum they haven’t seen since 2007.

Burton 'Bud' Ruby, death, obit, obituary, dies, Sansabelt trousers

Burton 'Bud' Ruby Dies at 95

Ruby was best known for the Sansabelt trousers he acquired from Silver Manufacturer in 1959.

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