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Top retail trade group upgrades holiday forecast. NEW YORK (AP) -- With the final Christmas countdown begun, the nation's largest retail trade group has upgraded its holiday sales forecast reflecting growing optimism that much more spending is to come.

Top retail trade group upgrades holiday forecast

The National Retail Federation said Thursday it now expects holiday sales for the November and December period to rise 3.8 percent to a record $469.1 billion. That's up from its more modest 2.8 percent forecast made in early October when the economy's health looked more uncertain. The new forecast is hardly stellar. The projected gain is still below the 5.2 percent pace seen during the holiday 2010 season from the prior year, but it's well above the 2.6 percent average increase over the past 10 years. And any upgraded forecast is good news as stores look to the final days before Christmas to rope in holiday shoppers.

The figures in the NRF report exclude automotive dealers, gas stations and restaurants. Social Trends. Library Access to Restricted Resources. JCPenney Internet sales up in first quarter. May 16, 2011 JCPenney Co. reported May 16 that its Internet sales increased 6.6% to $376 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared with Q1 2010.

JCPenney Internet sales up in first quarter

The Plano, Texas-based company's first quarter net sales increased 0.4% year-over-year to $3.94 billion, and net income increased 6.7% to $64 million in the quarter. Web sales were driven by “strong performances coming from men's and children's apparel and women's accessories,” said Myron Ullman, chairman and CEO of JCPenney, during an earnings call. “The Internet business is gaining momentum, and we're confident in our ability to deliver an incremental $1 billion in sales by 2014.” JCPenney.com has it 'all inside' with $1B revenue stream. Can JC Penney Capture Customers With its New Approach? - JCP, KSS, M, MSO. By Chris Moore - January 26, 2012 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M, MSO | 4 Chris is a member of The Motley Fool Blog Network -- entries represent the personal opinion of the blogger and are not formally edited.

Can JC Penney Capture Customers With its New Approach? - JCP, KSS, M, MSO

JC Penney’s (NYSE: JCP) new CEO Ron Johnson has a lot resting on his shoulders. JCP shareholders expect him to revolutionize the company’s flagging sales and to bring some of the magic that has spurred Apple’s retail stores into an enviable position. Johnson is the former Apple retail executive who, in conjunction with visionary Steve Jobs, built Apple’s impressive retail presence.

JCPenney Powers Up Mobile for Holiday. New Mobile Initiatives Bring Style, Quality and Compelling Prices Directly to Customers’ Fingertips Just in time for the important holiday shopping season, JCPenney has launched new innovative mobile initiatives, including a mobile commerce site, location based check-in offers, enhancements to its mobile apps, and an exciting mobile experience via Apple®’s iAd platform. Building on the Company’s successful mobile coupon program, these new mobile initiatives bring the retailer’s style, quality and compelling prices directly to customers’ fingertips. “As new technology continues to deploy in the marketplace, we are constantly on the forefront, investing in the latest opportunities to reach our customers,” said Tom Nealon, group executive vice president of JCPenney. “We have always been committed to offering relevant shopping experiences to our customers. News - JC Penney reveals customers' show of support for Ellen DeGeneres.

Poor One Million Moms.

News - JC Penney reveals customers' show of support for Ellen DeGeneres

All they wanted to do was have JC Penney banish Ellen DeGeneres as company spokeswoman – what with her being gay and all. Instead, the rightwing activist group has provoked an online backlash in support of both the department store and the chatshow host, with one JC Penney employee saying the company "would prefer not to have" the type of customer who would be offended by DeGeneres's appointment. A "shop-in" is now being planned at JC Penney stores on Sunday, while the company has received calls and emails in support of its refusal to comply with One Million Moms' demand that it replace Ellen DeGeneres. The fervour began when One Million Moms posted an article under the heading "JC Penney offends traditional families again" after the company announced DeGeneres would be its new spokeswoman.

News - Macy’s Fight With Martha Stewart May Foretell More Legal Clashes: Retail. When J.C.

News - Macy’s Fight With Martha Stewart May Foretell More Legal Clashes: Retail

Penney Co. (JCP) announced in December that it had cut a deal to carry Martha Stewart-branded home goods in its stores, it didn’t take Macy’s Inc. long to say: Wait a minute, Martha. More than five years ago, Macy’s signed its own exclusive contract to sell bedding, towels, dinnerware, cookware and the like from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. News - ACKMAN: In The Future, Going Into A JCPenney Store Will Be Like Going Into An Apple Store (JCP) Macy's Inc. News. Macy’s C.E.O.

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Gives Up Title of President By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS Macy’s announced that its chief merchandising officer, Jeffrey Gennette, would become the company’s new president, taking a title the chief executive held until Monday. April 1, 2014, Tuesday.

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12 retail real estate trends to watch in 2012. There are several factors anchoring our thinking as to how 2012 will play out for the retail real estate market.

12 retail real estate trends to watch in 2012

We look at the market trends that have shaped and are continuing to shape the industry, the economic climate domestically and abroad, as well as activity happening in our portfolio and the trends we’re seeing among our tenants. With that in mind, here’s our outlook for retail real estate in 2012, and what we think retailers and investors will have on their radar this year: 1.

Retail development will continue to be slow. This naturally will be driven by the continued stagnancy of the housing market. Five Black Friday Trends That Will Impact Retailers - Executive Style. Black Friday, so named because it was the day retailers hoped to get “in the black” for the fiscal year, is now just as linked to the color of the sky when it all begins.

Five Black Friday Trends That Will Impact Retailers - Executive Style

Shoppers emerge before dawn—and this year, even earlier—to seek out jaw-dropping deals. But technology has changed the way consumers shop on the day after Thanksgiving too. Can J.C. Penney succeed like Target and Apple? Now that J.C.

Can J.C. Penney succeed like Target and Apple?

Penney has announced a radical overhaul of its approach to retail, the question is: Will customers buy it? Penney's new CEO, Ron Johnson, is rolling out a simplified pricing plan that aims to wean customers off sales and convince them that she store's prices are always rock bottom. He says prices will be slashed by 40 percent, and for the most part that's where they'll stay.

Jcpenney CEO on Ellen DeGeneres controversy. Jcpenney is trying to rebuild its customer base with help from a new spokeswoman, Ellen DeGeneres.

jcpenney CEO on Ellen DeGeneres controversy

But a group called One Million Moms is accusing the company of "jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon. " DeGeneres responded to the group on her TV show Wednesday, saying, "I'm happy about (being the spokesperson), jcpenney is happy about it. But there's this group called One Million Moms that is not happy about it. And normally I try not to pay attention to my haters, but this time I'd like to talk about it because my haters are my motivators. This organization doesn't think I should be the spokesperson because I am gay. In a statement last week, jcpenney said it stands behind its partnership the talk show host. On "CBS This Morning," Thursday, jcpenney chief executive officer Ron Johnson, said the company "shares the same values" as DeGeneres and that the decision to have her as a spokesperson was a "no-brainer. " JC Penney CEO brings lessons from Apple.

JCPenney Circles the Wagons Before Even Hearing Investor's Ideas. Last Updated Oct 20, 2010 1:13 PM EDT Managers at JCPenney (JCP) have responded with speed to the news that activist investor William Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management had stealthily bought up more than 16 percent of the department-store chain's shares.

J.C. Penney investors cheer for Apple retail head as new CEO. By Matt Krantz and Scott Martin, USA TODAY Updated 6/14/2011 10:06 PM | Investor Relations - Stock Quote & Stock Chart. Investor Relations - Company News. JC Penney News & Latest JC Penney Headlines - DailyFinance.com. J. C. Penney Company News. J. J.C. Penney slashing prices on all merchandise in new strategy. NEW YORK – J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40% so shoppers will no longer have to wait for a sale to get the lowest prices in its stores. Penney (JCP) said Wednesday that it is getting rid of the hundreds of sales it offers each year in favor of a simpler approach to pricing.

On Feb. 1, the retailer is rolling out a three-tiered strategy that offers "Every Day" low pricing daily, "Monthly Value" discounts on select merchandise each month and clearance deals called "Best Price" during the first and the third Friday of each month when many shoppers get paid. The plan, the first major move by former Apple executive Ron Johnson since he became Penney's CEO in November, is similar to Wal-Mart Store's (WMT) iconic everyday low pricing strategy. The New Strategy At JCPenney Is A Bad Read Of Its Customers. J.C. Penney's new strategy includes major markdowns. After a poor holiday season, department store chain J.C.

Penney Co. is revamping its strategy by permanently slashing prices on products by at least 40% and retooling its store format. Chief Executive Ron Johnson announced in New York that the retailer would adopt a simple pricing model and do away with the hundreds of sales it has sprinkled throughout the year. The three-pronged strategy involves reducing prices on all merchandise, offering monthlong sales on select products and clearance deals on the first and third Fridays of each month, the Associated Press said. The stores themselves will also change.

What to Expect: J.C. Penney’s New Pricing Strategy. Jan 31, 2012 7:00am (Image credit: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg/Getty Images) Investor Relations - Annual Reports & Form 10-K. Why J.C. Penney Will Be The Most Interesting Retailer Of 2012.