The department’s Census Bureau tracks estimates each month. Retail Dive provides the numbers for key segments, and their year-over-year progress, or decline.  [ December sales up 6.7% as shoppers ditch department stores. ] UPDATED: Jan. 19, 2021 REPORTING BY: Daphne Howland, Caroline Jansen DESIGN BY: Nami Sumida  Editor’s Note: Comparisons for individual segments are updated…

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ASKING FOR PROOF OF A COVID VACCINATION DOESN’T COUNT AS A DISABILITY-RELATED QUESTION. DECEMBER 2020 BEN COLEY Employers are allowed to require COVID vaccinations and ban employees from the workplace if they choose to opt out, according to guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The American Disabilities Act (ADA) limits an employer’s ability…

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Bankruptcy court has emerged as a shopping mecca for Sparc Group, the 50-50 partnership between Simon Property Group and Authentic Brands. Simon AUTHOR Daphne Howland@daphnehowland PUBLISHED Aug. 17, 2020 Bankruptcy court has emerged as a shopping mecca of sorts for Sparc Group, which, after successfully bidding on a series of retailers in Chapter 11, is now the “operating partner”…

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Source: Atlanta Business Journal Every weapon U.S. shopping malls have deployed in the war against e-commerce — movie theaters that serve dinner, hands-on beauty chains and cocktail bars inside department stores — could be rendered useless by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Malls have been on a long, slow downward spiral for the better part of…

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