news bites 7.20.11

A selection of studies, shops, and snacks...
- Top Reasons why people follow brands on facebook & twitter.
- Art Meets Exercise With ‘Figurerunning’ via PSFK.
- Banks aim for more revenues by selling consumers' shopping data to retailers.
- As the colour turns: a brilliantly clever & mesmerizingly beautiful showcase via Plenty of Colour.
- Study: How restaurants can reach Millennials with snacks, frequency and technology.
- Farmers' markets won't change the world: "In the same way that, by buying that handbag you are ensuring the continuation of artisan handbag-making skills, shopping for the good stuff helps maintain a bunch of practices that might otherwise be lost."
- The traditions of old luxury are awfully dull for new consumers. They want to be touched emotionally.
- H&M pop-up beach store benefits global water charity.
- Kellwood, Sun Capital affiliate set to acquire Amsterdam's Scotch & Soda. The brand was featured in a January 2011 post about the growing importance of menswear in retail.