December 5, 2003




Live from NCDM: Bloomie’s Drops a Dime on Best Buyers

(Direct Newsline) Orlando, FL–In detective novels of old, “dropping a dime” on someone meant placing a tip-off call to the police. But when Bloomingdale’s drops a dime, the only booking being done is revenue, and the dialers are the chain’s …

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December 5, 2003




November Sales Roundup

Most of the publicly traded marketers tracked by CATALOG AGE have reason for good cheer: They reported solid gains in November sales.
For instance, a 14% rise in combined catalog and Internet sales pushed Hampstead, MD-based men’s apparel cataloger/retailer Jos. …

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December 5, 2003




E-commerce Stumbled on Black Friday

The Keynote E-Commerce Transaction Performance Index, which surveys major online shopping Websites, shows that from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 28–aka Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving–online shoppers were able to complete transactions just 80% of the time. In other …

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December 5, 2003




Survey Says: Who’s Buying What Online, and When

More than half of all Americans (54%) plan to go online this holiday season to compare prices, browse, place orders, or send electronic greetings, according to the American Express Retail Index on Internet shopping. That up from 46% in 2002 and 42% in 2001.
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December 3, 2003




Home Depot Acquires MRO Supplier

In a move to bolster its Maintenance Warehouse catalog, Fullerton, CA-based Home Depot has agreed to buy Economy Maintenance Supply Co., a Sterling, VA-based wholesaler of maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supplies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Maintenance …

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December 3, 2003




Chico’s Posts 3Q Gains

Fort Myers, FL-based women’s apparel cataloger/retailer Chico’s FAS (NYSE: CHS) continues to churn out strong sales and earnings numbers. Net sales for the third quarter ended Nov. 1 were a record $211 million, up 53% from $137 million for the third quarter …

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December 3, 2003




Movers and Shakers

William Lansing, who as president/CEO of Fingerhut Cos. oversaw the ill-fated 1999 sale of the cataloger to Federated Department Stores, was named president/CEO and board member of ValueVision Media. Minneapolis-based ValueVision owns home-shopping TV network ShopNBC. Following the sale …

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December 3, 2003




Holiday Season: So Far, So Good, Say Mailers

The kickoff to the holiday shopping season started with a bang, at least according to the marketers contacted by CATALOG AGE.
Post-Thanksgiving sales at Frederick’s of Hollywood are running 20% ahead of last year’s, says Danielle Savin, vice president/…

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December 2, 2003




FAO Files for Chapter 11 Again

For the second time in less than year, toys marketer FAO is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The parent company of FAO Schwarz, The Right Start, and Zany Brainy is expected to submit the papers to the U.S. Bankruptcy …

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December 2, 2003




Catalogs Fuel 3Q Sales at Jos. A. Bank

A 26% rise in catalog and Internet sales carried men’s apparel cataloger/retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers (NasdaqNM: JOSB) to double-digit third-quarter gains on both sides of the ledger. For the three months ended Nov. 1, the Hampstead, MD-based marketer reported net …

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