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TK's MORNING BUZZ: Why Do Retailers Labor Harder Than Anyone on Labor Day?

4 Sep, 2001 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Why is it that on Labor Day, when much of America is at rest, retailers work harder than anyone?

I hit a few shops yesterday between barbecues, kids' birthday parties and building an outdoor turtle enclosure (don't ask). At Best Buy, the clerks looked like they did the day after Thanksgiving; at Wal-Mart, the checkout clerks seemed unusually surly and detached.

The pages of my newspaper were filled with Labor Day specials -- 50% off this, 30% off that, buy two of this and get one of that free.

But that's business, I guess -- and if any retailers weren't working hard yesterday, well, they either don't take their businesses very seriously, or they know some secret to profit and wealth that doesn't entail hard work.

More power to them.

I haven't heard from regular correspondents like Tom Hannah of Video Quest in Joliet, Ill., but I'll be they worked their tails off yesterday.

I also bet their revenues for the year are up from last year, despite a southbound economy and continuing sagas of woe among many home video dealers.

Something about that old work ethic...


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