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Dec. 16, 2013 - Sales of gift cards will surpass $118 billion in sales, an eight percent increase over 2012, according to CEB, 1 leading member-based advisory company. CEB TowerGroup research suggests that the widespread adoption of e-gifting - which experienced rapid growth this year - will provide scale for continued industry gains through 2016. Developments in the peer-to-peer (P2P) space, however, may threaten traditional branded card sales volume, forcing card issuers to adapt their strategies to the changing purchase landscape. 

Read more: CEB: Gift Card Sales To Top $118 Billion

Dec. 13, 2013 - AVE residents didn't have to shop online this holiday season to avoid overcrowded malls and frenzied shoppers. "At AVE, we know traveling for business and being away from friends and family for extended periods can be stressful, especially around the holidays," says Lea Anne Welsh, president of AVE.

Read more: AVE Provides Holiday Shopping Experience at Home

Dec. 12, 2013 - David Yurman, America's premier fine jewelry and timepiece designer, is pleased to announce the opening of its Toronto boutique at The Yorkdale Shopping Center on December 12, 2013. The Toronto boutique will be the brand's first in Canada.

Read more: David Yurman Announces Opening of Toronto Boutique

Dec. 11, 2013 - Nearly 9 in 10 (87%) holiday shoppers surveyed still have presents to buy. Recent surveys by RetailMeNot and The Omnibus Company found that nearly 200 million Americans could be shopping up to the last minute. As Christmas grows closer and with the majority of consumers (87%) surveyed still having holiday shopping to do, there will inevitably be last-minute gift purchases for many. In fact, nearly 9 in 10 (88%) winter holiday shoppers surveyed said they have had to buy gifts in the eleventh hour. Parents seem to be the biggest procrastinators. Nearly all (95%) parents surveyed admitted to waiting until the last minute to buy holiday gifts.

Read more: Most Consumers Still Have Holiday Gifts to Purchase

Dec. 10, 2013 - According to a survey from KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm, sustainability and social issues are key concerns of younger shoppers. With nearly 70% of consumers under age 30 indicating that they consider social issues before buying, retailers and manufacturers courting Gen X and Y shoppers this holiday season should introduce more transparency into their product labels and identify fair trade, conflict-free and environmentally friendly practices.

Read more: Boost Sales By Touting Sustainability & Social Issues

Dec. 9, 2013 - Last Friday, global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. helped spread joy to thousands of underserved children in 35 countries through its first-ever Global Day of Joy. The initiative empowered Hasbro's 5,000 employees worldwide to become holiday "elves" and to immerse themselves in community service projects designed to bring joy over the holidays to children in need.

Read more: Hasbro Makes the Holidays Brighter through Global Day of Joy

Dec. 6, 2013 - Brixmor Property Group Inc., a national owner and operator of grocery-anchored community and neighborhood shopping centers, received the U.S. Design and Development Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) at this year's annual CenterBuild conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Liberty Plaza, located in the Baltimore area, was awarded Silver in the Sustainable Design category. 

Read more: Brixmor Wins ICSC U.S. Design and Development Award

Dec. 5, 2013 - Bilbo Baggins' journey through Middle-earth resumes on December 13, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has teamed up with their roster of global licensees to create an array of offerings inspired by the second film of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug returns fans to the world of Middle-earth and will be supported by global licensees across multiple categories, including toys, apparel, publishing and more.

Read more: Warner Bros. unveils worldwide licensing program for The Hobbit sequel