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September 9, 2013

In a statement following the recent ho-hum employment situation report, the National Retail Federation (NRF) CEO said the “economy continues to sputter along.”

NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Employers and retailers are adding to their payrolls and ranks, but still remain guarded. The business community is hiring yet waiting for stronger signs of sustained economic growth before extending too many job offers.”

October 10, 2012

As retailers stock up for the holiday season, import cargo volumes at the nation’s major ports are expected to rise 9.9% in October, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NFR) and Hackett Associates.

June 28, 2012

After the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the National Retail Federation (NRF) said it will redouble its efforts to repeal the healthcare law.

“We’re disappointed by today’s ruling,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay in a statement. “The Court missed an opportunity to redress the many shortcomings of the law."

May 2, 2012

The National Retail Federation is responding to a report from the Federal Reserve, which revealed that debit card swipe fees collected by the nation's largest banks have significantly dropped since reform regulations took effect last fall. 

February 14, 2012

Advance monthly retail sales for January increased 0.4% to $401.4 billion, according to data released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The January 2012 figure, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, is up 5.8% compared with the sales estimate from January 2011.

December 15, 2011

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should be up 0.3% in December compared with the same month last year, as retailers head to the finish line of the holiday shopping season, according to the monthly “Global Port Tracker” report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

October 26, 2011

The National Retail Federation announced that it has asked the Commerce Department to delay implementation of a controversial plan to vastly expand Internet domain names, saying retailers and other businesses need more information before moving forward.

October 20, 2011

A report released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates said that import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 2.6% in October over the same month last year and should reach its highest level of the year as retailers stock up for the holiday season.

October 13, 2011

The National Retail Federation Wednesday said that legislation introduced in the House to repeal debit card swipe fee reform would cost consumers more than $6 billion a year in savings that merchants plan to pass along to their customers. 

October 11, 2011

Retailers that enjoyed robust sales during the 2010 holiday season should not expect a repeat performance, according to a forecast from the National Retail Federation (NRF). The Washington, D.C., trade organization predicted a 2.8% increase this year, totaling $465.6 billion. In 2010, holiday retail sales rose 5.2% over the previous year, according to the NRF. The 10-year average holiday sales increase is 2.6%.

October 4, 2011

A survey conducted in September at the annual Shop.org Retail Summit in Boston showed that that almost half of all retailers surveyed planned to offer eGifting this holiday season and 44% were looking at location-based deals as a key element of their mobile marketing strategy.

July 14, 2011

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is staying at about the same levels this summer as last year, although traffic is expected to pick up this fall, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

June 20, 2011

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to remain at about the same levels as last year through July before starting to resume increases later this summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

June 14, 2011

Shoplifting, employee theft and organized crime have combined to boost retail shrinkage to 1.58%, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). These preliminary results, compiled from a survey conducted by Dr. Richard Hollinger of the University of Florida, compare with a 1.44% shrinkage rate in 2009.

According to the survey, total retail losses cost retailers $37.1 billion last year, up from $33.5 billion in 2009. NRF’s recently released Organized Retail Crime survey found that 95% of retailers have been victims of organized retail crime over the last 12 months.

June 9, 2011

The National Retail Federation describes a kind of pent-up demand for Father's Day spending as one reason for positive signals from its Consumer Intentions and Actions Father's Day survey.

As June 19 approaches, research suggests Americans will spend an average of $106.49 on fathers across the country -- the highest figure in the survey's eight-year history, and up significantly from $94.32 last year. 

April 11, 2011

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 9% in April, compared with the same month a year ago, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

March 8, 2011

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 11% in March, compared with the same month a year ago, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

December 14, 2010

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has revised its consumer spending forecast for the 2010 holiday season, raising it from a 2.3% increase over last year to a 3.3% growth rate.

The upward revision is due to improvement in a variety of economic indicators, the group said, including stock market gains, recent income growth and savings built up during the recession - all giving consumers the capacity to spend.     

December 7, 2010

U.S. retailers are growing impatient with a lack of sales of eco-friendly products, according to...

December 7, 2010

U.S. retailers are growing impatient with a lack of sales of eco-friendly products, according to...

October 12, 2010

The increase in retail sales to $447.1 billion in November and December will be the...

January 15, 2008

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