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Brian Yarbrough

Target sees customer visits drop

While some customers say they're ditching Target, the data breach isn't likely to significantly affect the retailer's customer base in the long term, says Brian Yarbrough, a research analyst with Edward Jones. "Probably 5% to 10% of customers will never shop there again," he says. "It's ...

MillerCoors Seeks Spirits Fans With Bourbon-Like Lager

Spirits have beaten beer with a relentless stream of new flavors, such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey, while Miller Lite and Bud Light taste the same as they did decades ago, said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst with Edward Jones & Co. in St. Louis. While he applauds the effort, he ...

Target Breach Hit More Shoppers While Slowing U.S. Sales (2)

“What makes it more difficult is business hasn’t been good, you start gaining a little traction, then boom, this happens,” Brian Yarbrough, a St. Louis-based analyst at Edward Jones & Co., said in a phone interview. Yarbrough said the effects of the breach won’t last long term and ...

Shoppers stick with Target after data breach

Brian Yarbrough, a consumer analyst at Edward Jones & Co, said the loss of some shoppers shouldn’t be that surprising for Target. But the fact that a large majority of those polled said they won’t change their shopping habits is a “pretty good” number for the retailer, he said. “I have ...

Kraft Ends 2013 With Mixed Results, But Investors Are Buying It Anyway

"Things are difficult out there," said Edward Jones & Co. analyst Brian Yarbrough, who spoke to Benzinga before the market close. "I think they will meet the earnings number -- or potentially beat -- just because I think there's some operating margin expansion and some opportunities ...

Canadian retailers adapt to competitive new reality

The one who can offer the best value is probably the one who's going to gain the most market share," said Brian Yarbrough, a retail analyst with Edward Jones. "It's just the nature of where we've been lately. It seems that people are very focused on value and they're focused on deals and ...

Thanksgiving door-busters get earlier and earlier

But the big retailers will likely open even earlier in the future if demand meets expectations, according to Brian Yarbrough, consumer research analyst with Edward Jones. “They’re looking to gain sales any way they can,” Yarbrough said. “As long as people are willing to spend (at ...

Best Buy to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving

With its earlier Thanksgiving start, Best Buy is adapting after opening later than many other retailers did a year ago, said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst with Edward Jones. “Last year, Best Buy opened at midnight on Black Friday, and [its] domestic same store sales were flat,” ...

Nike earnings in five pictures

"It was a very good quarter," said Brian Yarbrough, a consumer analyst for Edward Jones in St. Louis. Yarbrough said the company was able to pump up its bottom line by selling more products directly to consumers through its retail stores. It also benefited from falling costs of ...

Kohl's not alone with stagnant 2012

But Kohl’s certainly isn’t the only retailer to post less-than-impressive results recently, said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst with Edward Jones. “No one’s really knocking the cover off the ball,” he said. That’s especially true for mid-level department stores. Macy’s Inc. reported growth ...

Family Dollar investing $50M to cut prices

That’s critical as Family Dollar works to regain market share and draw customers back to its stores, says Brian Yarbrough, an equity analyst for Edward Jones. “They need to see same-store sales trends improve,” Yarbrough says. Jennifer Thomas covers retail, health care and ...

Target CIO resigns amid breach investigations

Brian Yarbrough, consumer analyst at Edward Jones & Co., said the company is making a statement that it needs to take its technology game “to the next level.” “I’m sure for somebody this will be a great role,” Yarbrough said. “You can come in and look like a hero.” ...

Cyber Monday set record as shoppers sought online bargains

"You're seeing more and more consumers shopping online instead of going to bricks-and-mortar retailers," said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst with Edward Jones. "People are under the impression that the Internet has cheaper prices and is more convenient, allowing you to avoid the crowds. ...

Nike profit tops Wall Street estimates, shares rise

"They turned China much faster than we thought," said Brian Yarbrough, consumer discretionary analyst for Edward Jones. Yarbrough said this turnaround was important as China is among Nike's highest margin markets. Lower shipping costs and high price tags help the company make more ...

Brian Yarbrough, Craig Johnson on Best Buy Fail (Audio)

Brian Yarbrough, retail analyst at Edward Jones & Co., and Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners LLC, discuss Best Buy Co.'s U.S. same-store sales falling during the holiday-shopping season. Yarbrough and Johnson talk with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox and Carol Massar on ...

Bargain-hunting dents US retailers' November sales

The need to keep discounting, which stems from sagging consumer confidence and shoppers trained to wait for bargains, will persist through the remainder of the season, said Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough. "Retailers have created this expectation," Yarbrough said, noting that ...

Jones's Yarbrough, Bloomberg's Goyal on Wal-Mart Change (Audio)

Brian Yarbrough, retail analyst at Edward Jones & Co., and Poonam Goyal, senior U.S. retail analyst for Bloomberg Industries, discuss Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)'s announcement that Doug McMillon, head of its international business, will replace Mike Duke as chief executive officer when ...

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) news: Wal-Mart To Buy Family Dollar?

Some analysts, like Brian Yarbrough, contend that Wal-Mart is losing out to these types of stores: Brian Yarbrough, a consumer research analyst at Edward Jones, thinks Walmart is losing market share to dollar stores and grocer Kroger's, which tries to compete with Walmart on ...

Nike makes strides in N. America and Europe; China still a concern

"It was a very strong quarter," said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst at Edward Jones. Yarbrough was especially impressed with the brand's continuing gravity-defying performance in North America. "Quarter after quarter," he said, "the brand is really strong. It seems like it's ...

Earning A Top Spot On The Grocery List

Brian Yarbrough, a consumer analyst with Edward Jones, said the overall grocery store industry tends to grow in single digits. Within that growth, traditional grocery stores have been squeezed as high-end and low-end stores gain market share. The industry's organic and natural foods ...

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