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While retailers focus on consumer-facing tactics to drive sales this holiday season, a number of untapped opportunities remain to help them compete, according to a recent survey. 
The answer, in short, is yes. Holiday retail hiring has improved every year since 2008 and it seems that trend will continue this year, with major retailers planning to hire either the same amount or more seasonal employees than last year.
A judge has shot down a federal lawsuit seeking to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of the Clean Water Act to review plans for the Pebble Mine in Alaska. 
Sears Canada announced that after just a year on the job, CEO Doug Campbell will step down from the position by the end of the year. 
Kay Jewelers and Tolkowsky, the creator of the Ideal Cut diamond, are hosting a video contest that will afford one grand-prize winner a proposal package that includes a European trip and engagement ring. 
Nordstrom officially has opened its first international store, a 140,000-square-foot location in Calgary, Alberta, joining a number of other retailers who have expanded into Canada over the past year. 
Family-owned retail store James Avery Jewelry has announced a partnership with Dillard’s to sell its jewelry in a number of the chain’s locations across the country. 
Department stores’ strategies on social media are shifting from a focus on community growth to leveraging the networks for more traditional marketing methods, a recent report from think tank L2 shows. 
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