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1. Malls turn to luxury retailers: If your mall has survived the pandemic, it may look a little bit different than it did in 2019. Think more Burberry and Cartier stores, and fewer JCPenney storefronts. – Read More on MarketPlace

2. Mixed signals as Target, Walmart and other retailers brace for last-minute holiday rush: More shoppers are having trouble finding items, the survey found. 44% of respondents said they were unable to make a holiday purchase due to out of stocks, a month-over-month jump of 7%. – Read More on CNBC

3. Alibaba pledges overseas e-commerce focus as its China growth slows: Earlier this month, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd restructured its e-commerce business into separate China and international divisions, with the latter to be led by Jiang Fan, head of Alibaba’s flagship Taobao and Tmall marketplaces. – Read More on Reuters

4. RELATED READ: What Does the $2.8 Billion Alibaba Anti-Competition Penalty Mean for China’s Marketplace Model? The dominant player in China’s domestic online retail platform service market, with more than 725 million active customers and revenues of nearly $72 billion for the 2020 fiscal year, Alibaba Group has become the new poster child of a larger crackdown on anti-competition. – Read More on TFL

5. The False Allure of Managed Trade: Cotton clothing was far from the only industry the U.S. tried to manage in order to compete with Japanese imports. Japanese cars—smaller, cheaper and more fuel-efficient than their U.S. counterparts—threatened to dominate the American market in the 1970s. – Read More on the WSJ

6. Paris judge approves 10 million euro settlement with LVMH in spy case: LVMH will pay 10 million euros ($11.3 million) to settle claims that it hired France’s former domestic intelligence chief to spy on private citizens, in particular on a filmmaker who made a widely popular documentary targeting the group’s CEO. – Read More on France24

7. Five Direct to Consumer e-Commerce Trends for 2022: To compete with online DTC brands, some larger retailers will choose to emulate them. With less foot traffic in physical stores, many retailers will follow DTC brands’ lead and approach tech-savvy consumers online. – Read More on Forbes