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National Retail Federation Revises 2015 Forecast

By Andrew Asch | July 23, 2015

National Retail Federation, a retail trade group based in Washington, D.C., has lowered its 2015 retail sales forecast to 3.5 percent growth compared with a previous growth forecast of 4.1 percent.

Saks Promotes Metrick to President

Hudson’s Bay Co. named Marc Metrick president of the company’s Saks Fifth Avenue business, replacing Marigay McKee, who has left the company.

Venice Heights Takes a Stance for Indie Menswear on Abbot Kinney

Venice Heights Takes a Stance for Indie Menswear on Abbot Kinney

The once raffish Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become one of Los Angeles’ most popular addresses for high-end boutique retail in the past few years.

Retail Sales Results Mixed in March

In March, same-store sales for Gap’s Old Navy Global division skyrocketed 14 percent. However, same-store sales for its Gap Global division declined 7 percent, and its Banana Republic Global declined 3 percent.

Strong Dollar Makes Business Tough for Exporters

Since the beginning of 2015, Mike McGinley’s European retail partners have been telling him that they cannot afford his West Hollywood, Calif.–based LASC line of men’s activewear and swimwear—after years of selling LASC at their shops.

Simon Drops Macerich Bid

Simon Property Group, one of the biggest mall landlords in America, dropped its bid to acquire the Macerich Co., headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., avoiding a possibly costly and lengthy proxy war.

Is the Retail Exclusive Disappearing—or Is it Changing?

E-commerce can bring out the worst in some shoppers, said Sandy Lew-Hailer, owner of the Seattle boutique Sandylew.

Giving a New Home to Sexy Tomboy

Giving a New Home to Sexy Tomboy

Malibu fashion has seen chic bohemian, surfer girl and premium-denim looks, but the profile of the sexy tomboy is rising.

Abbot Kinney Beach House Opens in Venice

Abbot Kinney Beach House Opens in Venice

Single-brand boutiques increasingly dominate high-profile shopping street Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles, but one of the newest boutiques on the street, Abbot Kinney Beach House, is a multi-brand shop.

Revolve Acquires Alliance Apparel Group

Internet clothier Revolve recently announced that it has acquired Alliance Apparel Group, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles.

Simon Makes 'Best and Final' Offer for Macerich

The board of directors for the Macerich Co. unanimously rejected an unsolicited bid from mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. on March 17. Simon made its "best and final" offer for Macerich on March 20.

Maui & Sons Opens Flagship

Maui & Sons Opens Flagship

The Maui & Sons brand is taking on more surf in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood.

Starting a Nationwide Rollout

Starting a Nationwide Rollout

Planet Blue, the multi-brand boutique retailer steeped in West Coast beach culture and boho styles, will be taking its act nationwide.

February Business Toughs Out Pressures

February was tough for retailers. Freezing temperatures and winter weather kept shoppers inside their homes. There was a labor slowdown at ports on the West Coast, and after receiving a break from high gas prices during the fall, prices at the pump started climbing in February.

NRF President Calls for a Better Way to Resolve Labor Union Disputes


Noting that the retail industry is highly reliant on just-in-time delivery of goods, the head of the National Retail Federation said many retailers were economically hurt by the recent West Coast port problems and labor slowdowns that led to imported merchandise taking weeks and even months to be delivered.

Henry T. Segerstrom, Founder of South Coast Plaza, 91

Henry T. Segerstrom, developer of South Coast Plaza, the retail center which brought Rodeo Drive luxury to Orange County, Calif., died Feb. 20 at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. after a brief illness.