Forever 21 Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

| Daniela Forte

After months of speculation, apparel retailer Forever 21 announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company had been exploring restructuring options to avoid liquidation as its business struggles continue.

Holiday Retail Sales Predicted to Top $1.1 Trillion, Deloitte Says

| Daniela Forte

Overall holiday retail sales are expected to increase between 4.5% to 5% this holiday season, according to Deloitte’s annual forecast, passing $1.1 trillion in sales from November through January. Deloitte predicts ecommerce sales will increase 14%-18% during this period to between $144 and $149 billion.

Target Reports 34% Growth in Ecommerce, Blows Out Projections

| Mike O'Brien

Target reported strong Q2 performance, with 34% growth in ecommerce sales, nearly 75% of which was attributable to its same-day order fulfillment strategy including buy online pickup in store, curbside pickup and local delivery. The retailer beat expectations on earnings, comp growth and revenue, and raised 2019 guidance.

Nordstrom Family Looks to Gain Majority Stake in Namesake Retailer

| Mike O'Brien

The Nordstrom family is looking to gain a majority stake in the luxury retail mainstay that bears their name but is facing opposition from board members who see them as part of the problem, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Other board members are reportedly seeking an outside director to replace the family members.

Topshop to Close All U.S. Stores

| Daniela Forte

Topshop plans to close its 11 U.S. stores after filing for bankruptcy, including doors in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Chicago, while continuing its Topshop and Topman brands online and through wholesale partners like Nordstrom.

Measuring the Successes and Shortcomings of Software Security in Retail

| Taylor Armerding

As an industry, retail’s reputation for providing software security has taken some hits. The top 15 data breaches of the current century include Target in 2013, with account information on an estimated 110 million customers compromised; TJX in 2006, with 94 million credit cards exposed; and Home Depot in September 2014, with about 56 million customer credit/debit cards compromised. Here is a look at how retailers can beef up their security to ensure that data breaches are a thing of the past.