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Book gives simple ideas for costumes

...percent of those dressing up will be Draculas, Frankensteins, werewolves and mummies, according to the American Express Retail Index on Halloween shopping, and another 16 percent will be witches. The survey also found that 27 percent will create their...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/10/25/liv_302043.shtml
Life & style
Shopping time is here

...percent of Americans plan to shop or browse at stores, malls or on the Internet today, according to an American Express Retail Index survey. With Thanksgiving over, there are only 26 days left for buyers to get all their presents before Christmas...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/11/29/bus_361292.shtml
Business
Markdowns lure shoppers to stores in January

...Securities in San Francisco. "The value-conscious consumer is coming out to find some deals." The Merrill Lynch retail index, the investment firm's barometer of sales performance at department stores and discount chains, rose 5.1 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/06/bus_221939.shtml
Business
In the know

...Polo-Ralph Lauren. They are the top five brands for back-to-school shopping, according to the 2000 American Express Retail Index. Girls chose Gap as their favorite, while boys picked Nike. Teen-agers' preference for athletic-sporty styles...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/09/26/liv_297802.shtml
Life & style
Back-to-school shopping boosts retail sales in September

...managing director for retail consulting firm Kurt Salmon, said after reviewing retailers' September reports.The S&P Retail Index rose 1.3 percent Thursday, outpacing the broader S&P 500 Index's 1 percent rise. BACK-TO-SCHOOL shopping...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2011-10-06/back-school
Retailers brace for returns

...Last year, 11 percent of Christmas shoppers reported having to return an item, according to an American Express Retail Index survey. Retailers say an original receipt is the single best item to have when exchanging a gift even though some stores...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/12/24/bus_248260.shtml
Business
Cautious retailers rush to restock shelves

...to $139.31, buoyed by SpendingPulse numbers that showed online sales rose 15.5 percent. The Dow Jones U.S. Retail Index edged up less than 1 percent. After-Christmas traffic also appeared to be relatively robust, though it wasn't...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/12/29/bus_561182.shtml
Business
Business briefs

...layoffs and other disquieting economic news prompted many Americans to cut holiday spending plans, the American Express retail index reports. At survey of 804 heads of households shows consumers planned to spend an average of $1,564, about 7 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/12/25/bus_328751.shtml
Business
Business briefs: Markets close higher after bidding war

...including Sears and Neiman Marcus -- that reported better-than-expected October results. The Merrill Lynch retail index, the investment firm's barometer of sales performance at department stores and discount chains, rose 3.8 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/11/05/bus_272657.shtml
Business
Retailers report weak August

...another stellar month, while sales were also strong at Dayton Hudson's Target discount stores. The Merrill Lynch retail index, the investment firm's barometer of sales performance at department stores and discount chains, was up 2.3 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/09/04/bus_237980.shtml
Business