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NRF: Winter weather puts freeze on retail sales

WASHINGTON — Consumers leveled off post-holiday shopping and spending in the beginning of the year due in part to severe winter weather in much of the country, according to the National Retail Federation. January retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, were flat seasonally adjusted month-to-month yet increased 3.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year. “Following a solid holiday sales season, it ...

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MMSA to welcome 'Small Town, Miss.' as new member

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will welcome a new member next week, and the community that is joining might come as a surprise to many. On Feb. 13, the MMSA will designate the City of Small Town, Miss., an official Mississippi Main Street Community. The designation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at the ...

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NRF optimistic about retail sales in 2014

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its 2014 economic forecast, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 4.1 percent, up from the preliminary 3.7 percent growth seen in 2013. NRF also expects online sales in 2014 to grow between 9 and 12 percent. “Measured improvements in economic growth combined with positive expectations ...

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Nissan exec high on January sales despite weather

CANTON — Nissan Group has released January U.S. sales number. Mississippi-built product highlights include: • Sales of the Nissan Frontier pickup rose 87.9 percent to 4,931 units • Nissan Altima sales totaled 22,515 units in January, an increase of 4.9 percent • Sales of Nissan Xterra rose 52.3 percent in January to 1,518 units • Nissan Sentra sales rose to ...

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Judge dismisses Kmart/Kroger flooding case

CORINTH — A federal judge has dismissed Kmart Corporation’s lawsuit over flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth. U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson ruled Kmart has insufficient evidence to support its arguments that the Kroger Company store in Corinth caused the neighboring Kmart to flood. Kmart sued the city of Corinth and Kroger Company in May 2011. Corinth ...

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City considering new used car dealership ordinances

HORN LAKE — As part of Horn Lake’s push to attract new business, city leaders are mulling changes to strict regulations governing used car dealerships. Aldermen discussed the issue recently and left it in the hands of City Planner Austin Cardosi, who said he will look at ordinances in surrounding cities and possibly draft something for the city’s Planning Commission ...

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Bankrupt Simply Wheelz ceases operations at 30 locations

RIDGELAND — Franchise Services of North America Inc.’s (FSNA’s) wholly owned subsidiary, Simply Wheelz, LLC, which does business as Advantage Rent a Car, has ceased operations at 30 Advantage locations. Advantage has reached an agreement with Dollar Rent A Car whereby Dollar Rent A Car will provide car rental services to those customers who hold active Advantage reservations at all ...

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Retailers hire fewer seasonal workers than expected

The National Retail Federation reports retailers’ hiring actions may bode well for the holiday shopping season, though the employment numbers missed previous forecasts. NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said, “The nation’s retailers continued to add to their payrolls in December even in the midst of the condensed holiday shopping season. Retailers and merchants, especially those operating clothing and general ...

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Whole Foods sets grand opening; to offer pre-opening tours

JACKSON — Whole Foods Market will open its doors Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. at Highland Village in Jackson, according to release from the company. The 34,000-square-foot store will feature an organic salad bar, in-store smoked barbecue, fresh-made gelato, natural body care and nutritional supplements, beer growler filling station and the Yazoo Bend Coffee & Taproom with 4 beers ...

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