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(Selling) Home for the Holidays

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If the consumer press was any indication, the universe almost ended. More precisely, the civilized world as we know it could have come to a crashing halt on Thanksgiving Day. That’s when the Scrooge-like retailers such as … well, pretty much every single retailer of note—opened for business. Macy’s suffered an unfair share of theMore »

Last updated: December 20, 2013

Retail Sales Gain in October

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WASHINGTON-An increase in consumer confidence led to a gain of 3.9 percent year over year in October U.S. retail sales, according to data issued this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau. Retail sales for the month totaled an adjusted $428.1 billion. Compared to September, retail sales increased 0.4 percent. Looking at the channels that sellMore »

Last updated: November 20, 2013

Retail Import Volume Rises 6.5 Percent in October

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WASHINGTON-Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports grew by an estimated 6.5 percent in October over the same month of last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. In addition, year-over-year increases in import volume are also projected for the remainder ofMore »

Last updated: November 12, 2013

NRF Projects Trimmer Holiday Spending Budgets by Consumers

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WASHINGTON-The National Retail Federation said it expects U.S. consumers to “take a conservative approach” to their spending for the upcoming holiday season, due to a continually challenging economy and being “used to do more with less.” According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, holiday shoppers will spend an averageMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2013

NRF Calls for “Immediate End” to Government Shutdown

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WASHINGTON-The National Retail Federation has sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. Congress urging them to work with the Obama administration to end the government shutdown. In the letter, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said, “We strongly support passage of both a continuing resolution to provide funding of the federal government into theMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2013

Retail Import Cargo Volume to Rise 9.1 Percent in October

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WASHINGTON-Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports will increase 9.1 percent this month over October of last year, according to the most recent Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. The numbers released this morning reflect merchandise ordered months before the government shutdown by retailers planning for theMore »

Last updated: October 8, 2013

Holiday Sales to Rise 3.9 Percent, Says NRF

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WASHINGTON-The National Retail Federation is projecting that total sales for the November-December holiday season will reach $602.1 billion, up 3.9 percent over the same period in 2012. During last year’s holidays, sales increased 3.5 percent. In issuing this forecast, NRF cautioned that the actual results will hinge on how quickly the Obama administration and theMore »

Last updated: October 3, 2013

Smart Phones, Tablets Play Bigger Role in Shopping, Says Shop.org

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WASHINGTON-More consumers are interacting with retailers through smart phones and tablets, according to a survey conducted by shop.org, the online arm of the National Retail Federation, in partnership with comScore and The Partnering Group. According to the data, 55 percent of all retail-related Internet time originated on smart phones and tablets in June 2013, whenMore »

Last updated: October 1, 2013