As students are preparing for their first day of the new school year, back-to-school shopping is proving to be a shot in the arm for retailers across the country.
Although some predictions held that back-to-school sales would primarily benefit brick-and-mortar retailers, retailers are reporting healthy back-to-school activity in apparel and other departments on all channels, according to surveys by consulting firm Accenture and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
July retail sales rose 5.4% compared to last year, according to the ICSC, and more than a third of consumers the organization surveyed said they had begun their back-to-school shopping.
Back-to-school sales began in earnest toward the end of July, with continued momentum this month. But many retailers expect more to come even as the school year begins, according to reporting by CNBC.
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Energy management not only puts retail owners and facility managers back in control of their facilities, it also frees up some extra profit margin for the turbulent times ahead.
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