Retailer after retailer has announced in recent weeks that they saw tepid or downright disappointing sales during the crucial holiday season.
And then came Starbucks, dropping a blockbuster earnings
report on Thursday that stands out as a clear bright spot in retail. The
coffee giant announced that revenue soared 12 percent to a record $5.4
billion. Sales at its U.S. restaurants open more than a year were up 9
percent, and nearly half of that growth came from a surge in foot
traffic.. . . more