Pier 1 sales drop for Q2

Despite strong digital gains, Pier 1 is feeling the effect of soft store sales during the summer.   Net sales for the second quarter for fiscal 2017, ended Aug. 27, 2016, decreased 6.7% to $405.8 million, compared to $435.0 million for the same period last year. Comparable store sales for the quarter decreased 4.3%.   Gross profit also fell during the second quarter, hitting $145.0 million, compared to $154.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

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A speedy exit for Stein Mart CEO

The chief executive of Stein Mart has stepped down after only some six months on the job.    The off-price retailer announced that Dawn Robertson resigned as CEO and as director of the company’s board, effective Sept. 27, 2016. She also served as chief merchandising officer. Stein Mart president and CEO D. Hunt Hawkins, a 20-year company veteran, was named interim CEO.

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REI’s DC eyes ‘free energy’

Never mind going for the gold, REI has visions of platinum — LEED platinum, that is.    Outdoor retailer REI has designed its distribution center to be ‘Net Zero Energy.’ By creating a facility that produces enough renewable energy to meet its own annual energy consumption requirements, REI hopes earns LEED Platinum status — the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) rating system.

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Conn’s to embark on $700 million securitization transaction

Specialty retailer Conn’s is preparing for its newest round of securitization.   Conn’s has entered into an agreement to securitize approximately $700 million of retail installment contract receivables, with an expected Oct. 6 closing. The face amount of the notes to be issued is $1.12 billion, with an advance rate of 77.5% of the outstanding customer receivables portfolio balance. This equates to approximately 89.5% of net book value at July 31, 2015.

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West Elm fine-tuning its stores for sound

Shoppers at select West Elm stores will soon have their very own listening rooms — with state-of-the art sound speakers.   The home furnishings retailer announced a partnership with Sonos to sell the company’s sound speakers and components in its U.S. stores and website, and to install “Sonos listening labs” in 16 West Elm stores. The listening rooms will be outfitted with West Elm’s signature modern furnishings and accessories and Sonos home sound system products.

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Report: EMV delays slow security efforts

One year later, retailers still await the promise of chip-card security. The one-year anniversary of the Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV) mandate is looming, yet delays by the card industry have left thousands of new chip readers unused and consumers with far less improvement in security than what was expected, according to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation.

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