Senior writer @FortuneMagazine covering retail and consumer goods. Reuters alum. Obsessed with 26.2, Def Leppard, Canadiens.

Old Navy Is Having its Worst Streak of Sales Declines in Four Years — Old Navy was for the longest time the bright spot in Gap Inc's struggling portfolio, the brand that had held its own against everyone from Walmart to H&M. Gap's largest brand, a power house behind 40% of sales, figured out long before both its major sister brands Gap and Banana Republic how to compete with fast fashion by shrinking production times and adding more trendiness into inexpensive clothes.

Target launches major new gender neutral kids' home goods line — Target is about to launch a line of kids' home décor products that pays little mind to what are traditionally thought of as items for boys or for girls.

Why Kohl's Is Replacing J.C. Penney As the Oscars' Retail Sponsor — Rival department store Kohl's has taken on the mantle of sole retail sponsor of the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, replacing Penney, which decided last year to end its Oscar partnership after 14 years.
Feb 08, 2016

Why Kohl's is sponsoring the Oscars instead of JCPenney via @FortuneMagazine

Sears Ranks Below Goodwill Among Female Clothing Choppers — If you are wondering why Sears is struggling, ponder no more: women are staying away in droves from the struggling department store's clothes section. In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Sears cited a dip in apparel sales as one of the major causes of its 8.2% drop in comparable sales at its namesake department stores.
Feb 05, 2016

Goodwill is more popular than Sears among fashionistas via @FortuneMagazine oh, the indignity

Feb 05, 2016

.@philwahba with the fire chart titles: Goodwill is more popular than Sears among fashionistas via @FortuneMagazine

Feb 07, 2016

Goodwill is more popular than Sears among fashionistas via @FortuneMagazine

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J.C. Penney may sell off its headquarters to raise cash — J.C. Penney said on Friday that it is looking into selling off its sprawling headquarters in the Dallas area in order to lower its enormous debt load. The mid-tier department store chain said the booming commercial real estate market in Plano, Texas, about 20 miles north of downtown Dallas, as well as excess space in its home office, prompted it to explore the transaction.
Feb 05, 2016

RT @philwahba: Why Penney may sell off its home office near Dallas @FortuneMagazine that $5.2 B debt is crimping your style $JCP

Feb 05, 2016

Why Penney may sell off its home office near Dallas @FortuneMagazine that $5.2 B debt is crimping your style $JCP

Elizabeth Arden Says Fragrances by Celebrities Like Bieber Are Falling — It looks like fewer people want to smell like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. Elizabeth Arden, famous for its namesake upmarket beauty products, said on Thursday that sales of celebrity fragrances declined again last quarter, contributing to a 3.6% decline in company revenue to $582.2 million.
Feb 04, 2016

Are Taylor Swift and Bieber losing their fragrance magic touch? via @FortuneMagazine

Kohl's Weak Holiday Quarter Sales Casts Doubt Over Its Turnaroud — That was close. Kohl's , the mid-tier department store trying to return to its glory days, gets to keep bragging that its quarterly comparable sales growth streak continues unbroken. But only barely.
Feb 04, 2016

Kohl's turnaround is losing steam @FortuneMagazine Holiday comps up 0.4%-hardly the stuff of retail renaissance $KSS

Feb 04, 2016

Interesting question raised here by @philwahba: Is JCPenney gaining steam at the expense of Kohl's?…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @philwahba: Kohl's turnaround is losing steam @FortuneMagazine Holiday comps up 0.4%-hardly the stuff of retail renaissance $KSS

Lowe's $2.3 billion bid for Rona sets off political controversy in Quebec — Here we go again. Lowe's has made a $2.3 billion bid for Canadian home improvement retailer Rona, four years after a first attempt was met with deep opposition from the Quebec government and leading opposition party.

CVS Opens First Pharmacies Within Target Stores — CVS Health is just about to undertake its biggest expansion in years: the drugstore operator has opened the first of the pharmacies it is taking over from Target . Last summer, the two companies announced that Target would sell its 1,672 pharmacies to CVS for $1.9 billion, a deal that closed in December.
Feb 03, 2016

CVS just opened its first pharmacies at Target @FortuneMagazine taking over a biz $TGT just couldn't make work $cvs

Coach to Open Fifth Avenue Flagship to Restore Luxury Aura — Coach is about to open a snazzy new flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, joining ne plus ultra brands like Rolex, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Salvatore Ferragamo on one of the most expensive shopping strips in the world. The leather goods maker said on Tuesday that the 20,000 square-foot store, near the intersection of 53rd Street, will open this fall.
Feb 02, 2016

Here's the latest move by Coach to restore its luxury aura via @FortuneMagazine

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Feb 08, 2016

Target has a new gender-neutral kids home goods line. via @FortuneMagazine

Feb 08, 2016

Another awful month for Gap Inc $GPS Banana Republic comp sales down 17% in January; companywide, down 8%

Feb 08, 2016

$CMG I ate at the one by the WTC y'day- almost no one. they have a lot of work to do.…

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