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Diana Ross wasn’t the only star at Monster Cables’ annual Retail Awards ceremony at this year’s CES. Dozens of the industry’s top retailers also shared the spotlight as Head Monster Noel Lee honored them for exceptional sales of Monster products during these difficult times.

Research in Motion, the company behind the popular BlackBerry handheld device, has followed the lead of Apple and Sony and opened a retail store of its own. The world’s first BlackBerry store opened for business this week in Farmington Hills, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, the Detroit News reported. The small store opened as part of a special arrangement between RIM and the retail chain Wireless Giant; there are no known plans for more. The store, which has five employees, sells accessories and add-ons, in addition to the BlackBerry devices themselves. That particular location was chosen, the paper said, because it is

Retailers have spent the months following the 2006 holiday flat panel TV debacle retrenching their businesses to successfully navigate and ride out whatever treacherous water lies ahead. “The perfect storm” is how many retailers and vendors describe what hit the flat panel TV market in the fourth quarter. The conditions were right for disaster: too much supply, too many brands, too much competition, too many unexpected pricing moves and too much discounting. “Everybody was reacting,” said Dave Workman, executive director of the PRO Group. “The wheels came off. Minimum advertised price was less than a suggestion. So things were just being

Retailers talk about what they hope to get out of CES. Dealerscope sat down and spoke to retailers about their plans at CES. Jamie Stephens, President, Pacific Sound and Video, Bismarck, N.D. I always go to CES. My prime focus there is to negotiate with vendors on better programs. My goal this year will be to trim up some of the lines we carry. There’s a lot of overlapping. I will try to be more supportive this year with a more select group of vendors. It’s always nice to go there to get in front of the people who make

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