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- Retail sales could increase by 4.5% to $986B this holiday season on an improved macroeconomic backdrop, forecasts Deloitte Touche.
- The mark would easily top last year's 2.8% rise.
- Online sales are tipped to rise by 14%.
- Promotional activity across broad retail has been dialed back a touch during the back-to-school season, but is still a risk to margins heading into the crucial shopping period.
- What to watch: This holiday season could be an operational pressure cooker for UPS (NYSE:UPS) and FedEx (NYSE:FDX) with demand expected to be high.
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Sep. 22, 2014, 9:02 AM| Comment!
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- A large patch of the retail sector will have their ears perked up this afternoon to see what Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) delivers up with its iWatch announcement or teaser.
- Though the company's entry into wearable technology is considered nearly a certainty, the unknown variable is if the product will end up falling under the "gadget" category or be another Apple device revolution.
- Computerworld's Mike Egan is in the latter camp: "The iWatch should be most comparable to the Mac and the iPhone, Apple's two most stunning revolution."
- Forrester Research isn't waiting for details, forecasting 10M iWatch sales by 2016 - a mark which could dent demand for high-end watches.
- Showtime is 1:00 pm ET. (webcast)
- Luxury watchmakers: Movado (NYSE:MOV), Fossil (NASDAQ:FOSL), Swatch (OTCPK:SWGAY), Tiffany (NYSE:TIF), Richemont (OTCPK:CFRUY), LVMH Moet Hennessy (OTCPK:LVMHF), Hermes (OTCPK:HESAF)
- Wearable technology players: Sony (NYSE:SNE), Nike (NYSE:NKE), Samsung (OTC:SSNLF, OTC:SSNGY), Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN), Basis (NASDAQ:INTC), Fitbit, Jawbone, Adidas (OTCQX:ADDYY), Under Armour (NYSE:UA).
Aug. 29, 2014, 7:12 AM
- The luxury group continues to show sizzling sales growth, aided by the price increases high-end sellers have pushed through to consumers.
- SA contributor Valuentum thinks the luxury space will remain resilient due to the brand equity and pricing power in the sector.
- Though Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) impressed with its smashing Q2 earnings report, Valuentum sees more value in aspirational handbag maker Coach (NYSE:COH) with its strong financial position and potential to turn around its North American business.
- Valuentum interview on CNBC
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Aug. 28, 2014, 10:23 AM| Comment!
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- Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) reports comparable-store sales rose 3% in Q2.
- Revenue growth: Americas +9% to $484M; Asia-Pacific +14% to $237M; Europe +8% to $120M; Japan -13% to $119M.
- Gross margin rate +80 bps to 59.9% on higher pricing.
- Operating margin +10 bps to 21.0%.
- Inventory +9% to $2.5B.
- The luxury retailer boosts FY2014 EPS guidance to $4.20-$4.30 vs. $4.15-$4.25 prior and $4.28 consensus.
- TIF +3.2% premarket.
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- Signet Jewelers (SIG) completes its $1.46B acquisition of Zale (ZLC) after winning approval from a majority of ZLC shareholders. overcoming opposition from some major shareholders (I, II) and proxy adviser Glass Lewis.
- SIG, already the largest U.S. operator of jewelry stores before the deal, is now nearly 3x bigger than the upscale Tiffany (TIF) in terms of U.S. sales, with a 14.6% market share.
- SIG says it expects the acquisition will increase its per-share earnings in the high single-digits on a percentage basis after a year, and generate cost savings of $100M after three years.
- SIG +3.5% in today's trade.
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