REAL ESTATE

Nespresso opens in-store shop at Macy’s Herald Square

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Nespresso is opening an in-store “Boutique-in-Shop” at the Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street in New York City. Nespresso coffee specialists will be present to offer demonstrations of Nespresso machines and guide customers through the profiles of the 21 Grand Cru coffees.

This is the second Nespresso Boutique-in-Shop within a Macy’s store.

We are excited to continue our partnership with Macy’s and offer the ultimate coffee experience to shoppers in their iconic New York City location," said Frederic Levy, president, Nespresso USA. "Macy’s is a valued partner whom we look forward to working with as we grow our presence in the U.S."

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MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA

Survey: Shoppers not saving, spending for holidays

BY Dan Berthiaume

Los Angeles – A large number of shoppers do not appear to be setting aside any money for holiday spending this year, and four in 10 do not even intend to do any shopping for the upcoming holiday season.

According to recent GoBankingRates.com polls, more than 63% of respondents didn’t allocate any savings toward holiday gift buying. In addition, more than 40% of respondents said they would not be buying holiday gifts this year at all.

Other findings include:

  • Respondents in the West reported saving the most money for holiday shopping, whereas respondents in the South reported the least savings.
  • At least 50% of respondents from each income level (ranging from $0 – $24,999 to $150,000 +) reported no holiday savings.
  • Fifty-two percent of respondents will spend $1,000 or less on holiday shopping this year.
  • Males were more likely than females to report no plans to buy holiday gifts. However, male respondents more often stated that they would spend "Over $1,000" than females.
  • Respondents living in heavily populated regions most often reported no plans to buy holiday gifts at 43.8%.

"While it’s unfortunate so many shoppers are putting themselves at risk of starting off the new year in debt, what’s really surprising is how many people said they’re not buying gifts at all,” said Casey Bond, GoBankingRates.com managing editor. “It’s not just the young and broke, it’s people with children and grandkids, too.”


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FINANCE

Walgreens October sales rise 6.1%

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens had October sales of $6.37 billion, an increase of 6.1% from $6 billion for the same month in fiscal 2013. Same-store sales improved 5.8%.

Calendar day shifts negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.3%age point, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.7%age point. Walgreens opened 14 stores during October, including four relocations, and closed two.

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