Retail Roundup—Dollar General's new CIO; retail sales up 5.2%

Dollar General Store Opening
Dollar General named a new executive VP and CIO.

Sears opens mattress and appliance only store

Sears has opened a freestanding store dedicated to selling two of its strongest categories: mattresses and appliances. Located in Pharr, Texas, the store is close to the Mexico border and plans to thrive on its location. (CNBC)

Dollar General names new CIO

Dollar General recently named Carman Wenkoff as the executive VP and CIO starting July 10. Wenkoff replaces CIO Ryan Boone, who recently announced his retirement, and brings a wealth of experience in implementing digital strategies and payment and loyalty solutions. (Business Wire)

Eddie Bauer considering sale

Outdoor retailer Eddie Bauer LLC has hired investment banks to explore strategic alternatives including a potential sale. The retailer was acquired out of bankruptcy by buyout firm Golden Gate Capital in 2009 with a cash bid of $286 million. (Reuters)

Retail sales up 5.2%

Retail sales are up 5.2%, the highest rate of growth since January, according to GlobalData. The increase is due to the rise in consumer sentiment and other areas of growth in the economy. The standout category, home improvement, saw sales rise 14.2%. (MediaPost)