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Study finds ‘retail therapy’ still common

BY Alaric Dearment

San Francisco — More than half of Americans shop and spend money to improve their moods, according to a new survey.

The study, by Ebates.com, found that 63.9% of women engage in “retail therapy,” compared with 39.8% of men, and the belief that it improves moods was found among 39.2% of women, compared with 20.6% of men. The survey was conducted online by TNS Global and included 1,000 adults.

“Our survey confirms that shopping truly is ‘therapy’ for many people and can help raise one’s spirits after a bad day,” Ebates.com CEO Kevin Johnson said. “Online shopping makes this pick-me-up only a couple of clicks away.”

The survey also found that up to 80.7% of Americans feel best when shopping to lift their moods, and of them, 61.8% like shopping during a sale, while 49.4% like receiving rewards, 45% like free shipping and 44.6% like using coupons. A greater share of respondents found the retail therapy effects of online shopping better than shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, mostly because it’s more convenient.

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Starbucks ramping up Southeast Asia growth with 200 stores in four years

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Starbucks Coffee Company reaffirmed its commitment to accelerate growth in Southeast Asia, announcing plans to open 100 stores in Indonesia over the next three years and another 100 stores in the Philippines over the next four years.

Starbucks entered Southeast Asia in 1996 with its first store in Singapore. The company currently operates more than 700 stores across six countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and, most recently, Vietnam.

“With a population of more than 600 million people, an emerging middle class that is driving strong consumption and a robust and resilient economy, Southeast Asia presents a compelling growth opportunity for Starbucks,” said Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz. “Never before have Starbucks prospects in this region been so exciting. As we ramp up our ambitious, yet disciplined, growth momentum across Southeast Asia, we will continue to build the Starbucks brand through the lens of humanity – supporting local coffee farmers and the neighborhoods we serve, while also investing in the growth and development of our partners.”

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Dollar Tree opens at Ridgeview Centre

BY CSA STAFF

Wise, Va. — Brixmor Property Group announced on Monday that Dollar Tree has opened a 9,000-sq.-ft. store at Ridgeview Centre, located in Wise, Va.

Brixmor, based in New York City, is the owner of Ridgeview Centre.

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