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Executive Summary

  • This week’s note “From the Desk of Deborah Weinswig” discusses the outlook for US retail bankruptcies and store closures, and urges retailers to consider fresh approaches to their physical stores. 
  • US retail sales declined a seasonally adjusted 0.2% month over month in February. That was well below the 0.2% increase that economists expected.
  • UK department store retailer Debenhams this week confirmed a £200 million ($265 million) refinancing plan, of which £101 million ($134 million) will be available immediately to begin restructuring. 
  • has launched a tool called the Online Pricing Optimizer in collaboration with American market measurement company Nielsen.

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