Research & Analysis

January 30, 2023

Why saying ‘don’t miss this chance to save’ could doom your sales promo

A recent study of words used in promotional emails revealed the 10 best and 10 worst for connecting with consumers.

January 27, 2023

Shoppers are returning to in-store buying, but are they enjoying themselves?

The results of a new survey find its not like the good old days of retailing, even as consumers are returning to in-person shopping.

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January 23, 2023

Fur factor: How often do consumers consider pets when buying, furnishing a home?

While nearly everyone has heard about locating near work, shopping or schools when looking for a new home, it seems many potential buyers are just as interested in securing pet-friendly neighborhoods.

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January 19, 2023

2022 holiday sales numbers are in, but did they meet the NRF’s predictions?

The National Retail Federation predicted 2022 holiday sales to grow between 6% and 8% over 2021 numbers. With inflation rising, did it hit the mark?

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January 18, 2023

Furniture sales frosty in cool retail December, according to DOC’s latest

While no category performed particularly well, furniture and home furnishings sales were among the weakest.

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January 17, 2023

Discretionary merchandise sales weren’t just tough in 2022, they were awful

The NPD Group this morning delivered some hard truths about the cadence of discretionary merchandise sales in 2022.

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January 16, 2023

Recession equals continuing moderation for furniture sales in 2023

A recession — albeit a short, mild one — is likely to influence what happens with the growth and success of the furniture industry in 2023.

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January 13, 2023

No ideas of gloom and doom here | Bo Stump

It seems many news outlets, economists and other prognosticators are intent on selling ideas of gloom and doom for 2023. We, however, are not.