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Gap's woman problem: dull fashions

fortune.com — Gap Inc's namesake brand is in a deep funk again. And the company's CEO says that a much more inspired women's wear collection is key to restoring the chain's health. Gap's comparable sales fell 5% last year, compared to a flat performance at sister chain Banana Republic and a 5% jump at value chain Old Navy.

J.C. Penney still blaming Ron Johnson-era for slow profit growth

fortune.com — J.C. Penney just can't get its customers to pay full price. And it's still trying to blame its ex-CEO for it. The department store chain reported that comparable sales, which includes online and sales at stores open for at least a year, rose 4.4% during the key holiday season quarter, above Wall Street expectations and at the high-end of its forecast range.

In about-face, Barnes & Noble now wants to keep Nook

fortune.com — The top U.S. bookstore chain said Thursday that it has dropped plans to spin-off its Nook digital book unit into a separate company. But it will plow ahead with the related plan to cleave its college bookstore division into a standalone business by August. The company gave no explanation for its about-face.

Sears still deteriorating- net losses reach $7 billion in last 4 years

fortune.com — Another quarter, another set of awful results from Sears Holdings . The struggling retailer, which operates a namesake chain of U.S. department stores and the Kmart discounter, reported a net loss of $159 million during the crucial holiday quarter, its 11th straight quarterly loss.

Saks Fifth Avenue owner HBC planning REIT with Simon Property

fortune.com — Hudson's Bay Company is joining forces with two commercial real estate titans, one in the United States, the other in Canada, in a bid to achieve what has eluded many retailers: getting full credit for value of the real estate the department store operator owns.

McDonald's says higher wages could slam its profit

fortune.com — Looks like Wal-Mart Stores set an uncomfortable precedent for many of its peers in retail and in fast-food when it gave 500,000 workers a raise last week. McDonald's, a frequent target of campaigns for a $15 minimum wage in the United States, said in its annual report on Wednesday that the pressure for higher pay may take a bite of out of its profits.

Big stores Target, Walmart and T.J. Maxx are seeing store visits rise

fortune.com — At long last, shoppers are heading back to stores, judging by a slew of earnings reports this month from retailers. For years, big retailers from Target to Wal-Mart Stores and Walgreens to J.C. Penney have been grappling with declining shopper traffic as U.S.

Macy's off-price stores: More T.J. Maxx, less Nordstrom Rack

fortune.com — Macy's is getting closer to a key new way to attract new shoppers: it's set to pilot a chain of 'off-price' discount stores. The department store chain had said in January it was looking into to open a chain of stores that will pit it against the likes of TJX's Marshalls and T.J.

Who says Black Friday is dead? Home Depot saw biggest sales day ever

fortune.com — Who says Black Friday is dead? Many commentators proclaimed Black Friday over last fall after the National Retail Federation reported a big drop in sales for the Thanksgiving Day weekend, saying that earlier and earlier sales had diluted the shopping extravaganza that long kicked off the holiday season.

Target gets aggressive in the e-commerce wars

fortune.com — The e-commerce wars continue to intensify in 2015. Target is lowering the minimum online order size needed to get free shipping by half in a bid to squeeze archrivals Wal-Mart Stores , Amazon.com and Best Buy .
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Feb 28, 2015

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Feb 28, 2015

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Feb 28, 2015

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Feb 28, 2015

Leonard Cohen's #Montreal - The New Yorker. Lovely piece. Now I'm homesick. newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Feb 28, 2015

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Feb 28, 2015

Smoked meat #poutine for lunch. Don't judge. I ran 16 miles in 18 degree weather this morning. mile end in Noho. pic.twitter.com/A3OuORdwY8

Feb 28, 2015

PSA: @def_leppard tix for Jones Beach on July 23 just went on sale. You know I'll be there. In orchestra G, row AA seat 19, to be specific.

Feb 28, 2015

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