ILWU, PMA Draw Lines on Port Contract Dispute

Container Port

SAN FRANCISCO-The contract dispute between the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which affects key West Coast retailer ports, has now become a war of words. The two organizations have been bargaining on a new contract since July 1, when the previous contract expired. Dock workers have stayed on theMore »

Last updated: November 24, 2014

Alco Stores Closes its Doors


COPPELL, Texas-Midwest discount retailer Alco Stores is going out of business after 113 years of serving consumers in smaller communities with limited access to other regional or national retail chains. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas approved an order yesterday authorizing Tiger Capital Group, SB Capital Group and Great American Group to conduct going-out-of-business salesMore »

Last updated: November 21, 2014

Chilewich Opens First Retail Store


NEW YORK-Renown textiles brand Chilewich has opened its first retail store, here in the Flatiron District. Located at 23 East 20th Street, the 820-square-foot spot showcases most of its flooring and table linen line in a simple and modular fashion. “There’s no store in the universe with this product assortment,” Founder and Creative Director SandyMore »

Last updated: November 24, 2014

Williams-Sonoma Collaborates with Tyler Florence, Ina Garten

Tyler Florence

SAN FRANCISCO-Williams-Sonoma is working with chefs Tyler Florence and Ina Garten on exclusive programs and events that will be employed across the retailer’s many platforms. Williams-Sonoma and The Florence Group together will identify emerging culinary trends and bring customers “new concepts and products” sold exclusively through Williams-Sonoma stores and Tyler Florence Test Kitchen, which isMore »

Last updated: November 21, 2014

Ross Stores Q3 Net Rises 12.3 Percent

Ross Stores

DUBLIN, Calif.-Thanks to strong sales and margins, Ross Stores recorded a 12.2 percent gain in third-quarter net income, which finished at $192.7 million. Net sales in the quarter, which ended on Nov. 2, totaled $2.6 billion, up 8.4 percent and including a pickup of 4 percent in same-store sales. Barbara Rentler, Ross’ CEO, said bothMore »

Last updated: November 21, 2014

Bon-Ton’s Loss Mounts in Q3


YORK, Pa.-Declining sales and rising costs led The Bon-Ton Stores to a net loss of $11 million in its third quarter, compared to a net loss of $931,000 in the third quarter of last year. Net sales in the quarter, which ended on Nov. 1, totaled $642.7 million, down 1.3 percent and including a dropoffMore »

Last updated: November 21, 2014

Michaels Q3 Net Jumps 36.2 Percent


IRVING, Texas-Reduced expenses and a slight uptick in sales helped Michaels to a 36.2 percent increase in third-quarter net income, to $64 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses were trimmed by 1.6 percent in dollars and 74 basis points as a percentage of sales to 26.9 percent. In addition, Michaels managed to slash 33.9 percentMore »

Last updated: November 21, 2014

E-commerce Fuels Williams-Sonoma in Q3


SAN FRANCISCO-Thanks in part to a double-digit gain in e-commerce sales, Williams-Sonoma’s third quarter ending on Nov. 2 produced an increase of 14.4 percent in net income, which totaled $64.9 million. Net revenues from the e-commerce sector jumped 14.7 percent, helping Williams-Sonoma’s overall net revenues to an 8.7 percent pickup, to $1.1 billion. Laura Alber,More »

Last updated: November 20, 2014