Retail Roundup—Eddie Bauer gets sued, Amazon speaks Spanish

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Veridian Credit Union is suing Eddie Bauer.

Eddie Bauer sued for failing to prevent data breach

A credit union is suing Eddie Bauer, saying that the outdoor clothing retailer failed to take the necessary precautions to protect against a cyber hack that stole customers' credit card information last year. Veridian Credit Union alleges that the lack of security at the point-of-sale caused the breach, leaving financial institutions to bear the costs. Eddie Bauer disclosed in August that the company had been hacked between Jan. 2, 2016, and July 17, 2016, in stores in the U.S. and Canada. (The Seattle Times)

Staples to shutter 70 locations

After same-store sales for Staples declined 7% in the fourth quarter, the company announced it would shutter 70 North American locations. The move follows the closing of 48 locations in 2016 and will affect about 5% of all stores in North America. The closures are part of the retailer's plan to shift away from traditional brick-and-mortar stores and follow customers online. (Bloomberg)

Amazon adds Spanish to U.S. site

Amazon announced it will be adding Spanish to its U.S. website. This marks the first use of any language other than English since the site was launched more than 20 years ago. Amazon does already offer international sites in Spanish, including its commerce sites in Mexico and Spain. (Fortune)

Hugo Boss to eliminate brands, slow expansion

After a rough year for U.S. and China sales, Hugo Boss has announced a turnaround plan under the new leadership of Mark Langer, the former financial chief who was promoted to CEO in May. Langer's plans include eliminating brands, the slowdown of store expansion and a shift to pushing more online sales. The company will also more away from luxury products and womenswear to focus on less-expensive menswear. (Bloomberg)

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