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Some companies will certainly take advantage of any reason to raise prices. However, when your business is dependent on fleet of vehicles, gas prices may become a legitimate reason for raising prices.
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#Business

Security and privacy concerns, especially with RFID chip technology, are enormous,
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#Privacy

The shopping buddy is an interesting concept but it's essentially an experiment. The future of traditional supermarkets isn't that good right now and companies operating in the channel have to find ways to capture the consumer's attention.
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#Future

These are not cookie-cutter businesses. They require unique discipline and mind set.
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#Discipline

The no. 1 domestic growth driver will be grocery. Wal-Mart has a lot of room to grow there. It's already the No. 1 grocer in Texas.
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#Growth

No retailer can afford to underestimate the importance of good marketing and public relations. Target also comes across as a better corporate citizen than Wal-Mart because it makes it a point to inform people about its efforts to give back to communities.
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#Marketing

A couple decent quarters do not a turnaround make. The competitive issues haven't changed that much. February sales looked better but they're also set against easier comparisons. There's still a long way to go until a real turnaround.
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#Sales

We're continuing to see retailers cite the weather for either making or breaking their sales numbers. Frankly, I think is an excuse tailored to satisfy Wall Street. Wall Street is a little more forgiving if a major retailer blames weather for disappointing sales.
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#Sales

The whole consumer electronics industry is seeing a flattening of their business this summer.
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#Business

I think people are nervous about their jobs and when people get nervous about their jobs, they get very careful about spending.
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#Jobs

Technological innovation always precedes demand. It's not necessarily what the market wants or is willing to adapt to,
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#Innovation

This convenience issue is enormous, and it has less to do with saving money than with saving time.
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#Money

They've got locations that Wal-Mart would die for. They're in visible locations in communities where people spend money. There's no reason this thing can't be turned around.
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#Money

The retail business in general is strong, and Federated is doing well, considering it has stores in major cities such as New York and San Francisco, where the affluent shopper is driving a lot of sales.
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#Business

There's business to be had. The driving factors are the catalog and Internet guys.
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#Business

There was overall confidence in the consumer's mind, with jobs stable and gasoline prices going down.
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#Confidence

It's all about jobs. As long as people are confident about their jobs and being able to find one, they will spend. The job market so far is holding up well.
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#Jobs

The upper end of the economy has done very well and the stock market is at a 3-1/2 year high. This bodes well for the high-end merchants, ... Discounters would have had a hard time because their customers were impacted by higher gas prices and uncertainty about jobs.
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#Economy

It's a highly volatile business and simply not Wal-Mart's specialty, ... Let's not forget that Sears tried getting into a lot of other businesses -- it was selling insurance, it had a car rental service, a credit card business. It turned out to be a disaster.
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#Business

Discounters and apparel are the heart and soul of this period simply because there are so many kids today that are going to school,
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#Heart

Consumers have fewer distractions now. There's no threat of war any longer and the fourth quarter is traditionally a very strong sales period, ... But it's not going to be gangbusters.
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#War

[E-tailing's on fire:] This is a banner year for online retail sales, ... The weather was an enormous factor for the big holiday sales numbers. The other factor is that consumers are much more comfortable using the Internet and they're appreciating the convenience of it.
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#Fire

Lowe's and Home Depot may have got caught in the middle of this, ... Retailers are under tremendous pressure by Wall Street to keep growing.... Should that be at the cost of a community? I don't think so.
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#Home

He's not a retailer. He's never been a retailer, ... The guy who's running merchandizing and marketing is not a guy who's qualified to do that. This is baffling to me. It's mind-boggling.
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#Marketing

If they're going to reposition their place in the market, this is the way to do it, ... It's a very wise move.
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#Market

He's not a retailer. He's never been a retailer. The guy who's running merchandizing and marketing is not a guy who's qualified to do that. This is baffling to me. It's mind-boggling.
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#Marketing

The upper end of the economy has done very well and the stock market is at a 3-1/2 year high. This bodes well for the high-end merchants. Discounters would have had a hard time because their customers were impacted by higher gas prices and uncertainty about jobs.
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#Economy

There isn't going to be any doubt that they're going to close some stores. It may be substantial.
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#Doubt

One thing everyone looks at when you get down to that part of the county is how much business you will get from Mexico. That is a very important part of the equation.
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#Business

We're still trying to figure out what they're doing. The jury is still out on whether Kmart is even going to survive.
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#Trying