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Department store sales in focus

Department store sales outpaced overall retail sales in February with a 0.7% M/M gain.

A pickup in traffic during the last half of the month helped sales, but the category showed a 4.8% Y/Y drop in an indication of just how far mall traffic has dropped off.

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  • gmanwicksy
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    4.8 per cent drop year over year means our economy isn't doing as well as the government is trying to let on to us. Almost 5 per cent staying home, broke from higher living costs and part time wages.
    13 Mar 2014, 09:19 AM Reply Like
  • Rondor1
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    I would attribute much of the mall traffic drop to online inroads that have been making headway for a few years now.
    13 Mar 2014, 09:53 AM Reply Like
  • bebopr
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    Good point, particularly in light of gas prices in the $3.50 range. Higher gas prices mean fewer trips to the mall and more reliance on Internet shopping.
    13 Mar 2014, 10:47 AM Reply Like
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