The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, hosts of Focus Canada Tuesday at Corus Entertainment in Toronto, announced that Sam Wankowski, senior vice president, operations, Western Canada, Walmart Canada will give the keynote speech on “The Evolving Relationship Between Retail and Licensing in Canada.”
While the apparel industry continues to experience consistent growth, the trend-driven footwear and fashion accessories industries are experiencing sales declines, keeping overall retail fashion sales even with results from the prior year, according to The NPD Group.
March retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted over February and 3.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation.
With the back-to-school season accounting for 35 percent of the $11.8 billion in yearly supply sales (and nearly half which come from the U.S.), The NPD Group has unveiled and influencers for this year’s back-to-school season.
More than 154 million consumers hit the store over Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million shoppers last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Thanksgiving weekend results survey.
Representing nearly two-thirds of all consumers, off-price buyers also represent 75 percent of apparel purchases across all retail channels, according to The NPD Group’s receipt mining service, Checkout Tracking.