Brian Hill

Brian Hill

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3 Sporting-Goods Retailers That Should Be in Play

Dick's Sporting Goods, Cabela's, and Big 5 Sporting Goods are using different strategies regarding merchandise mix and marketing channels but arriving at the same destination -- sales growth and rising profits.



Who's Serving Up the Best Operating Performance -- Darden, Brinker, or Bravo Brio?

Despite the steadily improving economy, consumers are proving to be finicky eaters. They're rewarding some restaurant chains with greater customer traffic while patronizing others less frequently than before -- as shown by the varying results for Darden Restaurants, Brinker International, and Bravo Brio Restaurant.


How Thor Industries Motors Ahead of the Competition

The recreational vehicle industry is enjoying a cyclical uptrend due to the improvement in the general economy and rising consumer sentiment, with major industry participants such as Thor Industries reporting outstanding earnings.

Are These Merry Times for Marriott?

The forecast for the hotel industry in 2014 is mostly sunny skies and balmy breezes, with companies like Marriott International carrying revenue momentum from last year into this one.




Has Callaway Golf Finally Found the Fairway?

With golf participation rates growing slowly in the United States, golf-equipment manufacturers such as Callaway Golf are tapping into international markets and striving to improve operational efficiency in order to build sales and profits.


Can Jewelry Retailers Add Luster To Your Portfolio?

Jewelry retailers such as Zale Corporation, Tiffany & Co., and Blue Nile are seeing a much improved, but still challenging, sales environment as consumers remain cautious with discretionary expenditures.


Do Pet Products Provide Premier Profitability?

Because consumers' persistent caution on spending does not extend as much to their pets, PetSmart, PetMed Express, and Zoetis are all reporting increasing sales.



Is Krispy Kreme a Sweet Treat for Investors?

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Dunkin' Brands Group, and Starbucks show that a food-service chain doesn't have to have a voluminous menu to please its guests -- just great food and superior customer service.


What Makes Cabela's So Compelling?

As the recession waned, consumers became more enthusiastic about buying sporting equipment and apparel, and this has translated into rising sales for retailers like Cabela's, Dick's Sporting Goods and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

3 Ways to Profit From the Serious Business of Fun

Americans enjoy a wealth of entertainment options, and popular entertainment brands such as Seaworld Entertainment, WWE, and Rick's Cabaret International know how to turn guests' fun into profit -- and keep growing.


Are These Better Times for Discount or for Upscale Retailers?

As economic uncertainty, particularly sluggish employment growth, continues to be a concern to retailers, those serving very different customer segments such as Dollar Tree, Target, and Tiffany are experiencing very different results.



Will Hyatt Reach New Heights?

Hotel owners and operators, such as Hyatt Hotels, are having almost as much fun as guests at their resorts because travel demand is expected to continue to rise in 2014.


Should Investors Book an Extended Stay With Hotel Stocks?

Hotel development slowed significantly during the recession, but with the economy improving, chains such as Marriott, Wyndham, and Starwood are in a global race to add properties and build market share.