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By The Numbers: Sales Category — Slackers and Saviors

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Lower price category saves the month.

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[h3]Sales Cateogry — Slackers and Saviors[/h3]

[dropcap cap=S]ales slipped in July but profitability held up. The slacker? Diamond sales. The savior? Beads again. That a lower priced category is performing so well is not surprising when you take into consideration the economic conditions. Nevertheless, should it be considered alarming that average retail value is falling given that the bead trend must ultimately fade? That depends on whether jewelers can turn all those new frenzied bead customers into long-term clients and whether they can restore their diamond margins. In other words, it’s up to you.[/dropcap]

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David Brown is president of the Edge Retail Academy, an organization devoted to the ongoing measurement and growth of jewelry store performance and profitability. You can contact him at [email protected]

[span class=note]This story is from the October 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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