en 31,000 Hires in March! Restaurant and Auto Dealers Lead in Franchise Jobs <div class="photoright"><img alt="Maserati Manhattan Auto Dealership" src="" style="width: 680px; height: 331px;" /> <div class="caption">Passerbys look at the showroom of the Maserati Manhattan auto dealership. Photo by ps</div> </div> <p>ROSELAND, N.J. &ndash; The coming of spring has brought a pleasant thaw in jobs to the franchise sector. American franchises increased the number of individuals hired by 30,830 in March 2014 according to ADP.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail trends ADP franchise job growth Moody's Analytics Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:31:00 +0000 BMM 13820 at Aaron’s Acquires Progressive Finance for $700 Million <p>ATLANTA and DRAPER, Utah &ndash; Home furniture and appliance lender Aaron&#39;s In (NYSE:AAN) announced this morning that it has acquired web-based merchandise financier Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC (&quot;Progressive&quot;) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $700 million.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail FICO lease-to-own NYSE:AAN point-of-sales lease Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:52:35 +0000 BMM 13817 at March Ends on Weekly Sales Rebound <p>NEW YORK &ndash; The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs (GS) Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by a sharp 3.6% on a week-over-week basis ending March 29.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail trends Goldman-Sachs ICSC Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:56:56 +0000 Don Sniegowski 13785 at Restaurants Capitalize on Eating Healthy <p>CHICAGO &ndash; Consumers are seeking healthier menu options, like socially responsible brands and want more information, according to one foodservice researcher.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail Technomic Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:19:46 +0000 BMM 13754 at Convenience Store Visits Decline in Q4 2013 despite Stable Gas Prices <div class="photoright"><img alt="convenience store 7-Eleven" src="" style="width: 330px; height: 331px;" /> <div class="caption">A 7-Eleven c-store &amp; gas station in Honolulu. Photo by bmm</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO &mdash; A tightened grip on consumer spending and a historically soft December contributed to a decline in convenience store (c-store) visits in the fourth calendar quarter of 2013. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail convenience store The NPD Group Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:17:26 +0000 Don Sniegowski 13751 at Mixed Demand Leads to Mixed Retail Results <p>NEW YORK &ndash; After three weekly sequential sales gains retailers experienced mixed results as retail demand varied across categories and overall was softer than the prior week.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail trends Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:22:40 +0000 BMM 13747 at Chain Retail Sales Roar in Early March <p>NEW YORK &ndash; Retail sales roared like a lion during the past week ending March 8, 2014.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail chain store sales ICSC International Council of Shopping Centers Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:51:35 +0000 BMM 13696 at February Chain Sales End Positive <p>NEW YORK &ndash; Adverse weather conditions throughout the fiscal month made February a challenging environment for retail sales, but chain store sales peeped out from negative territory into positive the final week of the month as increased retailer promotions enticed some consumers to shop and spend.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail trends chain store trends Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index ICSC International Council of Shopping Centers Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:09:20 +0000 BMM 13673 at Ace Hardware Same Store Sales Up 4.3 Percent in 2013 <div class="photoright"><img alt="Ace Hardware in Kentucky" src="" style="width: 330px; height: 330px;" /><br /> <div class="caption">photo by bmm</div> </div> <p>OAK BROOK, Ill. &ndash; Ace Hardware Corporation, the largest retail cooperative in which franchisees own the franchisor, has reported its fiscal 2013 revenues.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail Ace Hardware franchisee cooperative franchisee-directed franchisor franchisee-run business JD Powers Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:33:01 +0000 Don Sniegowski 13646 at Gas Dealers Worry about Consumption Trends, Regulation <div class="photoright"><img alt="Texaco Station" src="" style="width: 680px; height: 383px;" /> <div class="caption">photo by <a href="">Thomas Hawk</a></div> </div> <p>LEXINGTON, Ky. &ndash; Gasoline dealerships and energy experts are weighing in about the uncertainties of gas price and dealership profits as they move deeper into 2014.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> retail gas dealers gas dealerships NACS petroleum marketers service stations Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:46:33 +0000 Don Sniegowski 13638 at