Holiday Shoppers Still Value Stores, But Only With Lots of Brands

| Douglas P. Clement

Twenty-nine percent of holiday shoppers in the U.S. aged 18-34 plan to spend the most in physical stores this season, a number that rises to 39% for all age groups, according to a new study from Capgemini. The survey showed 37% of younger consumers overall would spend on retailers giving them access to multiple brands.

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.