With only 160 shopping days left, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in some stores. Some chains are trying to bring holiday spirit, and revenue, to the summer with "Christmas in July" promotions.
John Lewis, the employee-owned group seen as a barometer of UK retail spending, said its week to July 11 performance was one of its best of the year so far, even though sales at its department stores still fell.
John Lewis Partnership, the employee-owned group seen as a barometer of UK retail spending, said department store sales in the week to July 4 were held back by sunny weather and the distraction of Wimbledon.
U.S. retailer Sears is hoping not only to fulfill every child's dream of Christmas in July, but also its coffers. Sears department stores have put out winter merchandise, trying to get customers to do their holiday shopping early.
British retailer Marks & Spencer survived a big shareholder rebellion over its management succession plan on Wednesday 8 July, as 38 percent of investors called on Stuart Rose to stand down as chairman earlier than envisaged.
Hot Topic Inc widened its second-quarter loss forecast citing lower-than-expected sales performance till date, and posted a 7.9 percent fall in June sales at stores open at least a year, sending its shares down 5 percent.
Discount fashion retailer Primark said third-quarter like-for-like sales rose above the 5 percent level seen in its first half helped by good weather and the attractions of its low prices in a downturn.
Japan's Fast Retailing posted 28 percent growth in nine-month operating profit on Thursday 9 July, buoyed by robust sales at its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, and lifted its full-year forecast for the third time.
And then there were two! Present in the United States with a New York boutique since 2002, Gas Bijoux has now opened a second store in the Big Apple. At 189 Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side the new space has been showcasing the brands collections for just over a week.