Retailers in 2010: Less, but More Exclusive Stuff

If stores seem picked over this year, don't be fooled into thinking you just missed a crazy sale. It's deliberate. Retailers expect growth and profits in 2010 won't come from new stores, but rather from merchandising the existing ones to the hilt -- with less, but more exclusive merchandise.

Safeway's private label goes public

Safeway (NYSE: SWY) is out to prove that the term "private label" is up for a revised, new and improved, economy edition. The chain yesterday...