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 Kurt Barnard - “We were dealing with a very cautious, very careful consumer who was not really inspired to buy anything because there wasn't anything worth buying.”
 Kurt Barnard - “The potential for Web sales is tremendous and it carries the potential of completely altering and upsetting over the next few years all channels of retail selling.”
 Kurt Barnard - “I think ultimately they will do better than they have done in some years, ... There's no question the much more attractive stores will pay off in terms of improvement, but will they be able to come through with big earnings The jury's still out.”
 Kurt Barnard - “High-end stores depend on continued spending from clients that over the past four years have amassed considerable wealth. Sales at upscale stores like Saks and Neiman Marcus are also going strong because the stock market has been very customer friendly to this group.”
 Kurt Barnard - “It is a coming back down to earth. About two or three months ago, the world was swept up by the notion that the economic recession is over and the good times are rolling again. That meant consumers would be knocking down the doors of retailers the way they did a few years ago. But guess what It ain't happening.”
 Kurt Barnard - “High-end stores depend on continued spending from clients that over the past four years have amassed considerable wealth, ... Sales at upscale stores like Saks and Neiman Marcus are also going strong because the stock market has been very customer friendly to this group.”
 Kurt Barnard - “died many years ago, but (they) just weren't buried.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Despite the fact that it's a clearance month, we can still see strong trends. People stayed away from department stores and they broke down the doors at discount stores.”
 Kurt Barnard - “People are buying things they believe are essentially investments. They are buying homes and cars instead of buying jeans, shoes and toasters.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Bigger is better. Bigger offers more opportunities for increasing sales volume and increasing the customer base. It would give them an opportunity to improve their comparable sales performance.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Generally speaking, consumers like the opportunity of being put face to face with newness. They know they don't have to buy now.”
 Kurt Barnard - “The outlook is for a muted third quarter, and also fourth quarter. It's not getting any worse in our opinion. We believe that consumer spending has essentially bottomed out. That does not mean consumers are ready to go on a spending spree or a buying binge. Things are likely to remain at their current level.”
 Kurt Barnard - “You just can't compare the impact of a large number of sales of flashlights, which may cost 2 to 4, with lost sales, for example, of hundreds of pairs of shoes, each costing 50 to 200.”
 Kurt Barnard - “You just can't compare the impact of a large number of sales of flashlights, which may cost 2 to 4, with lost sales, for example, of hundreds of pairs of shoes, each costing 50 to 200,”
 Kurt Barnard - “If this is a hot summer, we are going to see an overwhelming number of air conditioners sold, ... And even if it's not a hot summer, air conditioners will be a hot seller.”
 Kurt Barnard - “If this is a hot summer, we are going to see an overwhelming number of air conditioners sold. And even if it's not a hot summer, air conditioners will be a hot seller.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Oil, jobs, housing prices, unfunded pensions and geopolitical events that could go any number of ways will have an effect in 2006. At this point it's foolhardy to forecast. Any one of those things could send shivers up the spine of consumers.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Some companies are rushing to take advantage of the situation and consumers may want to buy these war products as souvenirs. But as more time passes, the novelty factor of such products is also likely to diminish.”
 Kurt Barnard - “It's going to be a very, very strong day. No question about it. But the weather has me a little worried. The temperature has been way above normal and who wants to buy a heavy sweater when the temperature is 65 degrees”
 Kurt Barnard - “To go head-to-head with a 10,000-pound gorilla is nonsense. It's like Switzerland declaring war on the United States. That, of course, doesn't work. Wal-Mart ate Kmart's lunch.”
 Kurt Barnard - “To go head-to-head with a 10,000-pound gorilla is nonsense. It's like Switzerland declaring war on the United States. That, of course, doesn't work, ... Wal-Mart ate Kmart's lunch.”
 Kurt Barnard - “We're seeing the consumer back at the discretionary counters and that is good news for the entire industry.”
 Kurt Barnard - “With gas prices the way they are and with people suddenly being burdened with monthly car payments, they are looking for bargains. People are taking their money from Bloomingdale's to Penney, Kohl's (NYSE KSS - news ) and Target (NYSE TGT - news ).”
 Kurt Barnard - “With Wal-Mart it's still a wait-and watch situation, but Target's news is a little worse. The problem with Target is that its department stores are underperforming.”
 Kurt Barnard - “With Wal-Mart it's still a wait-and watch situation, but Target's news is a little worse, ... The problem with Target is that its department stores are underperforming.”

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