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RetailMeNot goes public

BY Dan Berthiaume

Austin, Texas – Digital coupon provider RetailMeNot launches its IPO on Friday of 9,090,908 shares of its Series 1 common stock at a price to the public of $21 per share. Shares will be available on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol "SALE." Of the shares in the offering, 4,545,454 shares are being offered by RetailMeNot and 4,545,454 shares are being offered by selling stockholders.

Morgan Stanley & Co., Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse Securities are serving as joint book-running managers for the offering, with Jefferies and RBC Capital Markets acting as co-lead managers and Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. and William Blair & Co. acting as co-managers.

RetailMeNot has not issued a public statement regarding the IPO.

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Study: Small retailers hit by showrooming; pump money into local economy

BY Dan Berthiaume

Irvine, Calif. – Showrooming is not just something afflicting large retail chains. Eighty percent of small retailers also report being affected by showrooming, with 47% indicating a moderate impact, according to new data from small business software provider Sage North America.

In addition, Sage data finds that $68 of every $100 spent at a local retailer stays in the community where it is spent, compared to only $32 out of every $100 spent at a non-local retailer.

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Deloitte: June Consumer Spending Index shows promise

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – U.S. consumers are positioned to spend more in the coming months based on several favorable economic indicators seen in June. The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index for June 2013, which comprises four components of tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices, increased to 4.3 from a reading of 4.2 the previous month. Continued improvement in real home prices and initial unemployment claims drove Index performance.

Following is a summary of the four main components of the Index:

Tax Burden: The tax rate is up from last year, and is now at 12%.

Initial Unemployment Claims: Claims moved down nearly 7% from May 2012 to 348,000 in May 2013.

Real Wages: Hourly real wages remained relatively flat at $8.81.

Real New Home Prices: Real new home prices climbed 9.2% from this time last year to reach $113,833.

Alison Paul, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and retail & distribution sector leader, cautioned retailers that despite improving economic conditions and spending patterns, consumers still expect to get a good deal when making a retail purchase.

“A cooler-than-usual spring left some retailers to rely on markdowns to make room for back-to-school items,” said Paul. “Retailers can use attractive offers, one-of-a kind events for children and teens, and promotions to help encourage parents to shop their brands this back-to-school season. Moreover, retailers should link their marketing messages across their store, mobile, and social channels to get consumers in the door in July and keep the momentum going through the summer.”

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