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The Hits Keep Coming: Oustodor.com Makes Big Leap

BY CSA STAFF

New York City, According to on-line intelligence firm Hitwise.com, house and garden retailer Oust’s Web site Oustodor.com finished last week as the retail industry’s fastest-moving Web site. Its market share increased 2,538.79% as it surged 238,909 positions, up to its current ranking as the 9,317th most visited retail site. First Impression Lips and its jump of 105,617 positions finished a close second, good for a 1,909.48% market gain. Rounding out the top three was Paltalk Classifieds’ 505.32% growth.

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Moderate Holiday Growth Expected

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Washington, D.C., Following one of the strongest holiday seasons in recent memory last year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) projected an annual gain of 5% for retailers during the upcoming holiday season, despite concerns that rising energy prices and other factors may make it difficult to match last year’s sales.

NRF chief economist Rosalind Wells averred that instead of labeling high gas prices as the sole make-or-break factor, “it is crucial for analysts to look at the big picture instead of isolating one economic indicator to project sales.” She added that the job market, disposable income and consumer confidence would be just as important for retailers in the upcoming season.

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Container Store Makes Executive Moves

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Dallas, The Container Store named Sharon Ellis as its CFO. She has more than 15 years of financial and banking experience, most recently as senior VP of commercial banking at JPMorgan Chase. The company’s CFO position was previously held by Stefan Ferm, who will now focus on his role as chairman and CEO of wholly owned subsidiary elfa International AB and executive VP of international operations for The Container Store.

In addition, three new VPs were named. Mona Williams has been promoted to VP of buying from senior merchandise director. Peggy Doughty has been promoted to VP of visual merchandising after serving as senior merchandise director. Lucy Witte has been promoted to VP of marketing from her prior position as director of sales and marketing. 

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