San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Washington – Retail sales for CE and white-goods merchants slipped 1 percent to $8.4 billion in November, the U.S. Commerce Department reported, although revenue edged up 2.5 percent from October.
In comparison, e-tailers and other direct-sellers enjoyed an 11.1 percent boost in total November sales to $38.5 billion year over year, the agency’s monthly retail sales estimates show, while total U.S. retail sales, excluding car dealers, gas stations and restaurants, were up 3.4 percent to $367 billion.
New York – By most measurements, the 2012 Black Friday weekend was one for the record books.
A combination of Thanksgiving Day store openings, pre-Cyber Monday sales and a highly motivated consumer led to a gangbuster weekend for merchants.
Fremont, Calif. – CE and IT distributor New Age Electronics has launched a digital download service for its retail customers.
The service, dubbed Synnex ESD, after New Age’s parent company, will allow dealers to offer end users a wide range of PC software including games, security and utilities that can be downloaded directly from their websites or in stores.
Synnex ESD initially launched with two retailers and 10 vendors including Microsoft, Symantec and Adobe, and New Age plans to boost the roster to 50 suppliers within six months.