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Bold colors, metallics, sporty styles well suited for shoppers

...one-piece has the ability to be able to contour one's figure in a better way," said Marshal Cohen, NPD's chief retail analyst.MIX AND MATCH: Women are increasingly buying a basic swim bottom that fits well and pairing it with multiple tops...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-05-24/bold-colors-metallics-sporty-styles
Dress shopping might be precarious task for plus-size girls

...plus-size women's business has "pretty much been ignored by the big stores," said Marshal Cohen, NPD's chief retail analyst.The shop in Pine Beach, N.J., where Giorno found her dress, called New York City Glitz, makes it a priority...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-04-19/dress-shopping-can-be-tricky-plus-s
Online shopping grows, with some growing pains

...year even people who normally complete shopping earlier completed shopping later," said Marshal Cohen, the chief retail analyst at market research firm NPD Group.The late surge caught companies off guard. UPS and FedEx failed to deliver some...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-26/online-shopping-grows-some
Lower gas prices lifting hopes for holiday sales

...a gas-station gift card after fueling up.Many retail analysts have forecast a ho-hum sales gain of around 2 percent...said Bill Martin, executive vice president of retail analyst ShopperTrak. "That opens the door to more impulse...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-27/lower-gas-prices-lifting-h
Retailers might regret decision to get jump on Black Friday

...What do you do next? Start on Wednesday?" said retail analyst Howard Davidowitz. The increasingly earlier start...their most important week for consumer spending.Retail analyst Davidowitz calls the ever-earlier store openings...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2013-11-23/retailers-might-regret-decision-get
Amazon, stores compete for holiday shoppers

...rate."Online retailers have put so much pressure on brick-and-mortar stores," said Marshal Cohen, the chief retail analyst at market researcher The NPD Group. "Brick-and-mortar retailers are trying to make people feel like the store...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-29/amazon-stores-compete-holi
Sluggish sales numbers raise economic worries

...extraordinary circumstances."It's not something you use when the economy is just struggling," Vitner added.Retail analysts note that back-to-school sales have been slow so far ? potentially a worrisome sign for winter holiday sales...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-08-15/sluggish-sales-numbers-rai
J.C. Penney results show signs of life

...period behind winter holidays.Bernard Sosnick, a retail analyst at Gilford Securities, said based on the results...of the tunnel," Sosnick said. Paul Swinand, a retail analyst at Morning Star, agreed, saying Penney "is showing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-08-20/jc-penney-results-show-sig
Stores offer incentives to make holiday shopping cheap and easy

...there are stores are offering more shipping options."Now I'm not necessarily tied to Amazon," said Edwards, a retail analyst and principal at investment firm Trutina Financial. "I can go to Nordstrom, Saks or Target and have stuff available...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-11-21/stores-offer-incentives-ma
Bid on Barnes & Noble is a bet on its e-reader

...Noble's digital business would be able to compete better with Amazon, Apple and others, said Gary Balter, a retail analyst at Credit Suisse.Barnes & Noble's 700 stores might appear to be an albatross. But they could be transformed into...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2011-05-21/bid-barnes-noble-bet-its-e