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Retailers say March same-store sales are down, but declines are...

There are 18 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 9, 2009, titled Retailers say March same-store sales are down, but declines are.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Retailers say sales fell in March as shoppers continue to shop cautiously and spend mainly on necessities such as food.

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Fairly Certain

Germany

#1 Apr 9, 2009
Wait! I thought the worst was over! I heard good news on TV!

Forget about the happy talk folks, the worst is still some way off and a lot further down.

And... If we had let the banks fail, we'd be climbing out of the hole right about now.
BIRDWRITER

United States

#2 May 7, 2009
Macy's lost another 9%? It seems to me they should be in negative territory pretty soon...they'll have to actually pay shoppers to step inside. Oh wait, they already tried that once...

Jeez, I miss Field's.
mikea

Chicago, IL

#3 May 7, 2009
It seesm that the higher end stores are continueing to do bad if not worse. Saks down over 30%, Neiman;s over 20 Nordstrom, Dillard's over 10% while the lower end Target, Wal-mart JcPenney are doing better than expected. Consumers are trading down and the high end stores are goin by the wayside. I bet bloomingdale's sales are down 20% or more. Geez Field's would be tanking too since they are more high end if they were around
Independent Voter Joliet

Joliet, IL

#4 May 7, 2009
I just love the media's propaganda how American's are feeling better about the economy.. My friends and I laugh when we hear it.. Walmart is the only one really showing a profit? That's because they switched all there stores and now are selling food too.. they do have good deals on lunch meats about
$5 lb less than other stores and their over the counter drugs such as aspirin. However, other stores keep losing customers to them so now they are lowering their prices.. funny how this confidence in the economy is causing a price war among stores..
mikea

Chicago, IL

#5 May 7, 2009
True,

Wal-mart is expanding more and more into grocery and yes they are hitting the grocery chains, why has Jewel lowered their prices? Consumers need to eat so grocery will always be in demand, but still lower priced stores are reaping the benefits of a poor or recessionary economy as consumers scale back from the high end high priced purchases
Joe Shopper

Paducah, KY

#6 May 7, 2009
That won't last long... Has anyone else noticed the sudden spike in gas prices???!!! Start cutting back on shopping again so you can afford to pay for gas. Just as the economy is supposedly starting to get better, the oil companies are going to mess it up again.
Reverend Dewey Cox

Frankfort, IL

#7 May 7, 2009
ALL stores, corporations and businesses will continue to struggle until they learn a few lessons:

1. Improved Customer Service
2. Reasonable, Lower Prices
3. Better Quality Merchandise
4. Quit Employing So Many Illegals

The merchants and stores did NOT care about consumers when we were struggling. They only cared about cheap wages and over-priced junk on their shelves. American consumers have been exploited and exposed to so much abuse from businesses that we have become inured and eventually calloused as we learned to deal with life, and without bailouts from the government. Let the businesses learn the same hard lessons in the same hard way as American citizens have.
Reverend Dewey Cox

Frankfort, IL

#8 May 7, 2009
Joe Shopper wrote:
That won't last long... Has anyone else noticed the sudden spike in gas prices???!!! Start cutting back on shopping again so you can afford to pay for gas. Just as the economy is supposedly starting to get better, the oil companies are going to mess it up again.
For what it's worth, gasoline prices always rise as we near the Summer. This anticipated increase was announced weeks if not months ago. But then they also announced that it would only go so high and not reach the $3.50 and higher range. That will remain to be seen.
One of many

Springfield, IL

#9 May 7, 2009
Macy's sales started falling when they dumped Marshall Field's, along with several other department store names in other states. Better they sell to someone who can run the stores customers want to shop in.
Cheep Fly

Elk Grove Village, IL

#10 May 7, 2009
Reverend Dewey Cox wrote:
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For what it's worth, gasoline prices always rise as we near the Summer. This anticipated increase was announced weeks if not months ago. But then they also announced that it would only go so high and not reach the $3.50 and higher range. That will remain to be seen.
I can understand your dilemma! So many people have lost their jobs and can barely pay the mortgage and pay monthly bills, even feed the family. Then we all get hit with high food prices & Gas for the car just to go to an interview for a job that 35 other people have been or will be interview for too! When is going to end! Life has to be simpler and better like back in the 60's and 70's everyone was nice and very help full. Now it's ME FIRST, ME FIRST and one up for me because I have more than you! Come on people lets all just try a little harder to get a long.
Do something nice for some one else. I going to: My neighbors son is Graduating from HS. with honors and I will offer to do all of the cooking for his party. He is her only child. And you know what unfortunately she is unemployed! It's called giving back to others. I done this my whole life.
mikea

Chicago, IL

#11 May 7, 2009
One of many wrote:
Macy's sales started falling when they dumped Marshall Field's, along with several other department store names in other states. Better they sell to someone who can run the stores customers want to shop in.
If you noticed the high end stores fared terrible Saks, Neiman's, Nordstrom. Wal-mart Target did better lower priced merchandise and grocery. Wal-mart is expanding into grocery that Jewel is running scared lowering prices just to compete. I wonder if the big box retailers put out the % of sales that are attributed to grocery.
bill p

Portland, OR

#12 May 7, 2009
Hey I make Lincoln scream on the penny whenever possible. I have been getting some really good deals on things since this"recession"! Example, a pair of walking shoes I liked were 49.99 as of two weeks ago. Picked them up yesterday for 20 even. The stores are dying for customers out here!
Reverend Dewey Cox

Frankfort, IL

#13 May 7, 2009
bill p wrote:
Hey I make Lincoln scream on the penny whenever possible. I have been getting some really good deals on things since this"recession"! Example, a pair of walking shoes I liked were 49.99 as of two weeks ago. Picked them up yesterday for 20 even. The stores are dying for customers out here!
And I think we should keep them that way. They weren't concerned when people couldn't afford those shoes at $49.99; why should we be concerned if they have to sell for less or close their doors?(The shame is that the shoes may not even be worth $10. I hope they last you through the Spring, at least.)

Keep up the good work, Bill P. You're one of our modern day revolutionaries.
Globalist Agenda

Chicago, IL

#14 May 7, 2009
I'd say the country continues to struggle with stupid posts like these. Thanks uncle Tom for those all too important thoughts. Happy debt slavery everyone.
Reverend Dewey Cox wrote:
ALL stores, corporations and businesses will continue to struggle until they learn a few lessons:
1. Improved Customer Service
2. Reasonable, Lower Prices
3. Better Quality Merchandise
4. Quit Employing So Many Illegals
The merchants and stores did NOT care about consumers when we were struggling. They only cared about cheap wages and over-priced junk on their shelves. American consumers have been exploited and exposed to so much abuse from businesses that we have become inured and eventually calloused as we learned to deal with life, and without bailouts from the government. Let the businesses learn the same hard lessons in the same hard way as American citizens have.
Dem_A_HOLES

Chicago, IL

#15 May 8, 2009
Since Daley killed the housing market by spiking the property transfer "stamp"tax, and Stroger jacked up the sales tax, I burnt down my house and have only been buying alcohol - in LAKE COUNTY. Let the liberals and dems die a slow death in their tax infested demise.
Independent Voter Joliet

Joliet, IL

#16 May 8, 2009
Joe Shopper wrote:
That won't last long... Has anyone else noticed the sudden spike in gas prices???!!! Start cutting back on shopping again so you can afford to pay for gas. Just as the economy is supposedly starting to get better, the oil companies are going to mess it up again.
As always blame the Oil companies, I know people who work for oil companies, they raise their prices based on CRUDE oil when CRUDE goes up so does the price at the pump.. Watch CRUDE and you will SEE when prices at the pump will go up.. FACT watch ALL products go up that use petroleum, plastic bags, storage containers etc.. Now since we have the middle East complaining they aren't making enough so they want more for CRUDE let's figure out just WHO is making prices go up.. You are right however, about other buying to pay for gas.. by the way, it is also the fault of government who wants SUMMER fuel which is a different processing.. those that work for oil companies pay the same as you and I at the pump so they aren't thrilled either..
Independent Voter Joliet

Joliet, IL

#17 May 8, 2009
Reverend Dewey Cox wrote:
ALL stores, corporations and businesses will continue to struggle until they learn a few lessons:
1. Improved Customer Service
2. Reasonable, Lower Prices
3. Better Quality Merchandise
4. Quit Employing So Many Illegals
The merchants and stores did NOT care about consumers when we were struggling. They only cared about cheap wages and over-priced junk on their shelves. American consumers have been exploited and exposed to so much abuse from businesses that we have become inured and eventually calloused as we learned to deal with life, and without bailouts from the government. Let the businesses learn the same hard lessons in the same hard way as American citizens have.
Your right about the lessons businesses have to learn.. they make a LARGE PROFIT on things they buy in bulk from CHINA..American's are sick of it.. unless it's on sale for 80% off buying ANYTHING from China is not acceptable.. Wait until this summer when stores have a over abundance of nuked fruit to sell while people are enjoying their fresh fruit and veggies from their own gardens and canning the extra for use in the winter.. already the house has a bill that would curtail the road side markets, don't think it will work people just won't listen and if they try to enforce a law like that the people will retaliate for sure..
Independent Voter Joliet

Joliet, IL

#18 May 8, 2009
Cheep Fly wrote:
<quoted text>
I can understand your dilemma! So many people have lost their jobs and can barely pay the mortgage and pay monthly bills, even feed the family. Then we all get hit with high food prices & Gas for the car just to go to an interview for a job that 35 other people have been or will be interview for too! When is going to end! Life has to be simpler and better like back in the 60's and 70's everyone was nice and very help full. Now it's ME FIRST, ME FIRST and one up for me because I have more than you! Come on people lets all just try a little harder to get a long.
Do something nice for some one else. I going to: My neighbors son is Graduating from HS. with honors and I will offer to do all of the cooking for his party. He is her only child. And you know what unfortunately she is unemployed! It's called giving back to others. I done this my whole life.
It is always nice to do something nice for people EVEN WHEN TIMES ARE GOOD.. and how do you suppose people get along when it's our government BOTH SIDES who keep it divided? How do you think they control everyone? If we get along and ban together who can they feed us BS?

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