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Big Lots CEO Stepping Down

Steve Fishman joined Big Lots in 2005 after previously working at Franks Nursery & Crafts Inc., Rhodes Inc., and Federated Department Stores Inc.
December 4, 2012

The news of Steve Fishman’s departure next year came during a Tuesday morning morning conference call with investors.

Abercrombie Shares Jump After Positive Earnings Report

The strong quarterly performance is welcome news as the retailer has been struggling to sell its preppy line of jeans and T-shirts.
14, 2012

The teen retailer reported third-quarter sales of $1.2 billion, about $100 million higher than the same quarter last year.

Abercrombie Sales, Profits Tumble In First Quarter

The company says existing store sales, a key indicator of economic health, slid five percent in the first quarter of 2012.
16, 2012

The New Albany-based retailer reports down profits and shrinking sales at existing stores in the first quarter of 2012.

New Obetz Warehouse To Bring 600 Jobs

The Seattle-based online retailer specializes in clothing for children and new or expecting mothers.
February 16, 2012

Online retailer Zulily says it will create the jobs at a new fulfillment center over the next five years.

Should Web Shoppers Pay Sales Tax

Posted: October 18, 2011

Congress is considering a bill that would require all web-based retailers collect sales taxes on purchases. What do you think? Should web shoppers pay sales taxes?

Ohio Retailers Optimistic About Commerce Report

gas station
Gas stations were among the best performing businesses in July.
12, 2011

The monthly data show a half-percent jump in sales last month, the best performance since March.

Columbus Gets Mixed Results in JC Penney Restructuring

24, 2011

Columbus looks to both suffer and gain from new plans announced this morning by retail giant JC Penney. As WOSU’s Steve Brown reports, the corporate shift means less employees in stores but more in a Columbus call center.

Ohio-Based Retailers Post Positive Sales For June.

9, 2010

Ohio based retailers fared better in June. But the latest figures from the malls, websites and boxstores show more mixed results.

Columbus Officials Try To Entice Retailers Downtown

18, 2009

The City of Columbus is offering incentives to convince business owners to locate downtown and to fix up the storefronts. WOSU reports the grants and tax abatements aim to fill vacant stores. But some store owners are not convinced the incentives will work.

Halloween Predicts Lower Holiday Sales Through 2009

Display window at Yankee Trader, Columbus.
October 11, 2009

Some retailers use sales of Halloween merchandise as a predictor of sales for the critical holiday shopping season.