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Earnings Insights 4Q20, Week 5: Discounters Stand Strong While Department Stores Remain Badly Hit and Apparel Specialists See Slow Recovery

Our weekly Earnings Insights reports feature highlights from recent management commentary at major US retailers as they report fourth-quarter 2020 earnings. This week, there are highlights from companies that reported in the week ended February 28—namely, American Eagle Outfitters, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burlington Stores, Dollar Tree, Foot Locker, Gap Inc., Grocery Outlet Holding Corp., Kohl’s, Kroger, Nordstrom, Ross Stores, Target and Urban Outfitters.

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February 2021 Leading Indicators of US Retail Sales: Without Additional Stimulus, Early Spring Sales Look Set To Weaken

In our monthly Leading Indicators of US Retail Sales series, we examine several key macroeconomic indicators of US retail sales and analyze how they may impact the industry in the months to come. We analyze the latest available data, as of the end of February 2021, covering the job market, income and savings, and housing.

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Five Trends in the US CBD Market

Despite the negative impact of Covid-19 on the retail industry, the cannabidiol (CBD) market is booming in the US, driven by demand from increasingly health-oriented consumers. In this report, we discuss the top five trends in this growing market.

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2021 US Tax Tracker #1: IRS Issues $48 Billion in Refunds

The IRS kicked off the 2021 tax filing season on February 12 this year when it began accepting tax returns for 2020—a delay compared to the normal start in early January. The delays this year allowed the IRS more time to prepare for the Covid-19 Relief Bill, which took effect in the US in late December. The IRS expects to receive over 160 million individual tax returns in 2020.

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Coresight Research x Placer.ai: US Retail 2021—A Data-Driven Exploration of Retail Traffic Trends and the Future of Malls

Coresight Research and location analytics provider Placer.ai hosted a webinar to delve into some of the key shifts impacting the retail industry in the US. In this free report, we present data-driven insights from the event, covering foot traffic trends at selected brands, the future of malls and consumer migration from cities to suburbs.

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China Retail Insights: How Are Emerging Offline Beauty Retailers Winning Young Shoppers?

Beauty was one of the most resilient discretionary categories in China in 2020, and a new wave of domestic offline beauty retailers is emerging. We explore how these new brick-and-mortar beauty retailers are achieving success in the China market by enhancing the shopping experience and gaining huge exposure on social media to appeal to young Chinese consumers.

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Earnings Insights 4Q20, Week 4: Home Categories Stand Strong, While Apparel Sees Weak Demand

Our weekly Earnings Insights reports feature highlights from recent management commentary at major US retailers as they report fourth-quarter 2020 earnings. This week, there are highlights from companies that reported in the week ended February 28—namely, Best Buy, Farfetch, Home Depot, L Brands, Lowe’s, Macy’s, The RealReal, The TJX Companies and Wayfair.

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US Retail’s Updated Gift Card Guidelines: Accounting for Breakage and Bankruptcy

US retailers witnessed a surge in gift cards sales in 2020. We discuss how US retailers account for gift cards under the updated revenue recognition model issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). We cover how retailers record sales and redemptions of gift cards, as well as the two methods of accounting for unredeemed gift cards under FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606 update. We also explore retailers’ liabilities toward gift card holders in the event of bankruptcy and liquidation.

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India Retail Insights: India Embraces Social Commerce, Bypassing Traditional E-Commerce

In our India Retail Insights series, we will explore the impact of consumer behavior, government regulations, macroeconomic developments, the competitive landscape, and retail tech startups on the evolution of India’s retail sector. In this report, we explore the burgeoning social commerce segment of e-commerce in India.

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The New Value Retailers: Online Marketplaces Challenge Brick-and-Mortar Budget Formats

The value retail sector is expanding beyond traditional brick-and-mortar budget formats (including discount variety retailers such as dollar stores) with the emergence of online value marketplaces. We see the growth of these e-commerce platforms as presenting challenges to predominantly offline retailers in the value retail sector. We discuss the key online players, with a focus on the US, the UK and China.

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