WHAT DO YOU KNOW, RETAILERS ARE FIGURING IT OUT

From Anthropologie to Walmart, old-school chains are starting to get a handle on this whole shopping-in-the-digital-age thing. The clearest signs of strength have come from the big-box category, where Walmart posted its best comparable sales growth in more than a decade and Target roared with its biggest increase on this metric in more than 13 years. Nordstrom Inc. saw solid results at both its department stores and off-price concept, and Urban Outfitters Inc. saw eye-popping double-digit increases in comparable sales growth at its namesake chain as well as Anthropologie and Free People. Just look at some of the pleasant surprises.