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 Kurt Barnard - “It was disappointing. A lot of stores told us that when they opened at 7 or 8 in the morning with special deals good for two hours, crowds were beginning to mass. But at the stroke of 9, when those sales were supposed to end, the crowds disappeared like a snowflake in the palm of your hand.”
 Kurt Barnard - “There are two conflicting forces at work on the consumer. One is people have jobs, they have money, the unemployment rate is still at a 30-year low of 3.9 percent, a lot of economic circumstances are very, very favorable. A lot of economic circumstances are very, very favorable, people have money and jobs, but they don't have as high a discretionary spending level as they did a year ago.”
 Kurt Barnard - “We are now combining ... American history with modern technology and modern contemporary lifestyles.”
 Kurt Barnard - “A terrible problem for retailers is that most stores are evoking yawns from consumers, instead of excitement. Retailers just can't keep making the mistake of taking customers for granted by selling ho-hum kind of merchandise. Consumers are looking for unusual and exciting products and they're not finding them.”
 Kurt Barnard - “I don't quite understand what the synergy is between the two companies, ... Boise makes paper and OfficeMax sells it -- that's obvious. But Boise hasn't been doing well, either. The real question is, does Boise understand retailing We'll see if this marriage is made in heaven or in hell.”
 Kurt Barnard - “It wasn't surprising really. The August same-store numbers really confirm the trend of slowing retail sales and consumer spending, ... August was the back-to-school that wasn't. August and back-to-school doesn't quite have the importance it did a decade ago, but outside of that make no mistake, consumer spending has slowed down and Americans are tapped out.”
 Kurt Barnard - “They are streamlining operations, trying to make it more profitable, productive, ... The real question to my mind is how can they be a full line store without cosmetics”
 Kurt Barnard - “Don't get carried away with this whole thing. It's considerably bigger than in times past, but it is not the kind of thing I would say that will make or break a company's quarter.”
 Kurt Barnard - “People are more inclined these days to make themselves rely on one salary instead of waiting for a Wall Street home run, and that is the background of the economic environment.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Target has ignored Wal-Mart's changeover, and it has suffered because of it. Target will have a decent season, but they won't make the winner's circle.”
 Kurt Barnard - “This trend is going to be with us for the foreseeable future. Growth will continue and will be very strong, but it will be more moderate than it was last year, ... Make no mistake about it - this growth will continue. Consumer spending will continue to grow, but it's not going to suddenly stop or go back. It will continue at a more reasonable pace.”
 Kurt Barnard - “They have all learned one lesson -- make yourself more efficient. Operate more economically, and do more with less.”
 Kurt Barnard - “The fourth quarter is going to reflect the intensely promotional nature of the holiday shopping season, make no mistake.”
 Kurt Barnard - “I think they're going to make those numbers.”
 Kurt Barnard - “The key for them is the marketing of a new and totally different identity from Wal-Mart or Target or anybody else, ... They have to create their own distinctive identity. The kind that will make you and me wake up in the morning and say, 'I need a new pair of pajamas -- I think I'll go to Kmart.'”
 Kurt Barnard - “Retailers know that for a lot of consumers, this is a time of uncertainty about their jobs, ... This will make them frugal with their holiday shopping and they will be on the hunt for the best deals out there.”
 Kurt Barnard - “While consumers did go to malls in July, they did so to be in air conditioning but didn't make many purchases.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Americans are being bombarded with announcements of layoffs. Anytime you listen to the radio it's always 3,000 laid off here, 500 there, ... That means a lot of people who have decent jobs and good income hear that little voice in the back of their head asking the question 'could my number be up next' They're buying what they need, but they don't buy frivolously.”
 Kurt Barnard - “What J.C. Penney needs to do is to make the stores they do have palatable, pleasant to shop, and all of this needs to be done with an eye toward recapturing the market they've lost,”
 Kurt Barnard - “From what I've seen, Sears is well underway to making itself into a more efficient and a more pleasant-to-shop retail establishment. It is likely to become a powerhouse in the mass-market arena and perhaps look a little bit like a combination of a large discount store and Kohl's.”
 Kurt Barnard - “From what I've seen, Sears is well underway to making itself into a more efficient and a more pleasant-to-shop retail establishment, ... It is likely to become a powerhouse in the mass-market arena and perhaps look a little bit like a combination of a large discount store and Kohl's.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Until the unemployment picture improves, consumers will be very cautious about their spending habits. We think the second half of the year could also be difficult for the retail industry unless the job demand improves.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Wal-Mart's news is a very big deal. There's no doubt that a significant number of consumers are shopping paycheck to paycheck. Most are also waiting for price reductions. So saying that the consumer is still cautious is a good indicator that the holiday season will only be moderately better than last year.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Wal-Mart's news is a very big deal, ... There's no doubt that a significant number of consumers are shopping paycheck to paycheck. Most are also waiting for price reductions because they know that the support of another tax rebate or tax reduction is unlikely. So saying that the consumer is still cautious is a good indicator that the holiday season will only be moderately better than last year.”
 Kurt Barnard - “Wal-Mart's news is a very big deal, ... There's no doubt that a significant number of consumers are shopping paycheck to paycheck. Most are also waiting for price reductions. So saying that the consumer is still cautious is a good indicator that the holiday season will only be moderately better than last year.”

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