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July 4th Provides Fireworks for Retailers


NEW YORK – The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose relative to its prior week by a solid 1.7 percent for the Independence Day Holiday week that ended July 5.

Stocks Soar for Four Car-Part Suppliers; Two Franchised

Four auto parts supply companies showed up on Edgar Investment Management’s top list of stocks that have tripled in the past five years, naming two franchised companies, Advanced Auto Parts and O’Reilly Automotive. LKQ and AutoZone operate under company-owned locations.

Franchisees Claim 7-Eleven Seizing Stores for Bogus Reasons

7-Eleven Arrests of Store OwnersFranchisees in Riverside, California are claiming that 7-Eleven is using “storm trooper interrogation and isolation tactics” to strip them of their 20-year-old store, using bogus charges.

Struggling RadioShack Reports Dismal Quarter

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"The Shack" written on a Spanish bus recalls when RadioShack in 2009 wanted to change its name. photo/les haines

FORT WORTH – RadioShack Corporation (NYSE:RSH) today reported its first quarter results for its fiscal period that finished May 3, 2014, the end of its first quarter for its 2015 fiscal year. Same store sales were down 14 percent. The company said that drastic drop was driven by traffic declines and poor performance in the mobile phone business.

May Retail Sales Strong

NEW YORK – U.S. chain-store sales posted a strong gain of 4.8 percent for the fiscal month of May on a year-over-year basis, according to a tally of comparable-store sales compiled by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

The UPS Store Franchise System Is Massive Fraud, Say Former Franchisees

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The UPS Store in New York City. photo/ps

The recent collapse of The UPS Store network in Manhattan caused much discussion. Now a stunning federal lawsuit alleges that fraud is at the very basis of the franchise system viability: an existential threat to the UPS brand itself.

Great Article On Marketing Grand Openings

This article deals with a topic which is not often discussed with about Grand Openings . .the budget!

April Retail Sales Sharply Rise by 6%

NEW YORK – U.S. chain-store sales posted a strong gain of 6.0 percent for the fiscal month of April on a year-over-year basis.

7-Eleven Whistleblower Alleges Predatory Practices, Franchise Churning & Personal Vendettas

Former 7-Eleven Corporate Investigations Supervisor Kurt McCord has dropped a bombshell in the lawsuit of 7-Eleven, Inc. v. Karamjeet Sodhi, et. al.