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Sparks fly July 4 with Macy’s and Usher

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — Macy’s is getting help from singer, songwriter and dancer Usher in curating the concept, music and design of the 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. The retailer’s fireworks spectacular is the nation’ largest patriotic pyrotechnic display.

“This year Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be transformed into a giant party in the sky captivating audiences along the Hudson River and on television screens across the country,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. “Since 1976, Macy’s Fireworks have grown in scale and artistry. With this first-ever collaboration with Usher, we are taking the show to the next level of entertainment spectacle, combining the very best of Macy’s Fireworks with Usher’s unparalleled artistic vision.”

Usher has sold more than 50 million records worldwide throughout his career.

“I’m really excited to add my flavor to the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the largest show in America. As an artist, it’s important that I expand creatively into new areas. Working on the score and fireworks design has been a great experience that’s allowed me to share my voice in a new way,” said Usher. “The 4th of July is a collective celebration of freedom and I hope that through the music and visuals, I’ve helped express the energy and passion of our nation. I can’t wait for the countdown; we’re getting ready to surprise the audience with the ultimate Independence Day party.”

This is the first time in the history of the show that a musical artist and performer collaborates with Macy’s creative and pyrotechnic teams. Organizers will look to the eight-time Grammy Award-winning artist to lend his artistic inspiration and talent to the show’s overall design. This year’s show is entitled “It Begins with A Spark.”

Usher’s musical score includes songs from Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra and Sam Cooke, as well as “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will fire more than 40,000 pyrotechnic shells during a 26-minute synchronized display. Sousa Fireworks is once again at the helm of the pyrotechnics which will be positioned on the Hudson River approximately between 24th and 40th Streets. An average of 1,800 shells will be launched per minute.

Sponsors of Macy’s fireworks spectacle include KitchenAid, Kool-Aid and Planters, and is presented in partnership with the City of New York. Radio stations 1010 WINS-AM will play the musical score to which the show is choreographed. Spectators from coast-to-coast will be able to tune in to NBC’s national broadcast of “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT/MT.

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comScore: Online sales up 13% in Q1

BY Marianne Wilson

Reston, Va. — E-commerce sales grew 13% year-over-year to $50.2 billion, marking the fourteenth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and tenth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, according to comScore. It was also just the second quarter on record to surpass $50 billion in spending.

The survey also revealed that nearly half (48%) of time spent in the retail category occurred on mobile devices, with smartphones (34%) outpacing tablets (14%).

"The first quarter of 2013 was fairly strong for online retailers, with total e-commerce sales surpassing $50 billion for only the second time on record," said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. "While the year-over-year growth rate of 13% remained healthy, it was a point or two below that of the preceding quarters. One potential explanation for this mild deceleration is the payroll tax increase, which went into effect in 2013 and which removed some disposal income from Americans’ wallets.”

Fulgoni added that, as long as job growth continues and consumer sentiment remains positive, the outlook for e-commerce in 2013 remains bright.

“However, one wild card is the possible enactment of legislation requiring state sales taxes to be collected on every e-commerce transaction — which would reduce the Internet’s traditional price advantage and possibly dilute the channel’s growth rate,” he explained.

Other highlights from the comScore report:

  • The top-performing online product categories were: digital content & subscriptions, apparel & accessories, sport & fitness, consumer electronics, and consumer packaged goods. Each category grew at least 20% versus a year ago.
  • E-commerce accounted for 10.6% of discretionary dollars spent, the highest share on record.
  • comScore’s new m-commerce spending estimates revealed that apparel & accessories was the highest grossing mobile (i.e. smartphone & tablet) product category with nearly $1 billion in first quarter sales.

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A.Jose says:
May-11-2013 09:57 am

This is a good indication that the company is doing well hope this will last. - Michael Courouleau

J.Dy says:
May-11-2013 08:25 am

This is a good indication that the economy is going well. Netizens are spending and this good for the economy. - Michael Courouleau

A.Jose says:
May-11-2013 09:57 am

This is a good indication that the company is doing well hope this will last. - Michael Courouleau

J.Dy says:
May-11-2013 05:57 am

This is a good indication that the economy is really doing well in this quarter. I just hope that this one will continue until year end. - Michael Courouleau

J.Dy says:
May-11-2013 08:25 am

This is a good indication that the economy is going well. Netizens are spending and this good for the economy. - Michael Courouleau

J.Dy says:
May-11-2013 05:57 am

This is a good indication that the economy is really doing well in this quarter. I just hope that this one will continue until year end. - Michael Courouleau

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Report: Canada’s YM to buy parent company of Mandee

BY Staff Writer

New York — Big M, owner of the Mandee, Annie Sez and Afaze apparel chains, will be sold to YM Inc., Toronto, in a $22.5 million deal expected to be approved by a bankruptcy judge next week, The Record reported.

YM operates more than 600 young women’s specialty stores under a variety of banners, including Stitches, Urban Planet, Bluenotes, Siblings, and Sirens.

The acquisition of the 129 Mandee, Annie Sez, and Afaze stores would give YM, which has started opening stores in the United States, a strong foundation on which to expand on the East Coast, the report noted.

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J.Dy says:
May-13-2013 02:40 pm

My question is what will happen to the people who are employed with this company, will the be absorb by YM INC.? - YOR Health

J.Dy says:
May-13-2013 02:40 pm

My question is what will happen to the people who are employed with this company, will the be absorb by YM INC.? - YOR Health

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