Read All About It: Shoppers Looking for Discounts
New York City, Bargain-driven shoppers sought out discounters and factory-outlet stores in August, resulting in a poor showing by the department store and specialty store category.
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NRF Predicts Subdued Holiday Gains
Washington, D.C., Retailers can expect a subdued holiday season this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). It predicts that total holiday sales will increase 5.0% over last year, bringing holiday spending to $457.4 billion. By comparison, holiday sales in 2005 rose 6.1% to $435.6 billion.
“Although sales gains will not be as robust as last year, retailers can still expect above-average holiday sales growth,” said Rosalind Wells, chief economist for the NRF.
Over the last 10 years, the average percentage increases in sales for holiday season has been 4.6%.
Home Depot to Review CEO Pay
Atlanta, The Home Depot Inc. said on Monday its board would review the compensation of chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli, who came under criticism earlier this year from shareholders who charged his pay is not in line with the company’s performance.
“This year, as in previous years, the independent members of the compensation committee will take a fresh look at executive compensation, using business performance, independent benchmarking and other input as determining factors, the retailer said in a statement.
The statement came amid a published report from Dow Jones that quoted Bonnie Hill, head of Home Depot’s leadership development and compensation committee, as saying directors were reviewing metrics used to set the CEO’s pay.
Nardelli was sharply criticized earlier this year as shareholders charged the retailer’s stock performance has languished since he arrived at the company in late 2000. Federal filings show the chief executive has earned as least $119.2 million in that time, excluding options and some other compensation, while the stock price is off 10%.