June brings retail employment boost

Retail jobs increased more than 50,000, compared to a year ago, which the National Retail Federation described as a "solid robust payroll increase." The figure does not include auto sellers, restaurants or gas stations. Overall, U.S.-based businesses added 213,000 jobs...

May retail sales enjoyed healthy boost

May retail sales increased 5.6 percent compared to a year ago and 0.7 percent compared to April, according to the National Retail Federation. "The economy is looking strong and households have a solid financial foundation on which to base their...

Retail sales show healthy jump in April

April's retail sales were 0.4 percent higher compared to March and 2.8 percent higher compared to a year ago. The sales data, from the National Retail Federation, does not include sales at gas stations, restaurants or auto sales. "Retail sales...

Retail grad celebration spend projected to hit $5B

While spending on graduation gifts and celebrations won't hit a record-setting figure this year it's still not too shabby given a projection of $5.2 billion. The spend, which includes everything from greeting cards to gifts to cash, will likely be...

Jewelry, outings top Mother's Day gift list

Just over one third of Mother's Day shoppers, 34 percent, will spend $4.6 billion on jewelry for moms and 55 percent will spend $4.4 billion on food experiences — such as brunch or dinner. Flowers, which many may think top...

Mother's Day spend may hit $23B

This year may mark the second-highest spend for Mother's Day, hitting an expected $23.1 billion. That’s the prediction from an annual survey conducted by National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The U.S. consumer is expected to spend an...

Study: Millennials aren't shopping like older parent generations

As millennials move into the age of having children, their shopping habits and activities are a bit different than previous consumer generations. The National Retail Federation's quarterly Consumer View report reveals millennial-age parents, in their late 20s and early 30s,...

Retail jobs grew by 46,000 in February

The number of retail industry jobs increased by 46,400 in February and the National Retail Federation calls it a "significant positive sign" for the industry overall. The figure does not include gas station, auto sellers and restaurants, according to a...

Easter spend expected to be very robust

Easter spending is predicted to hit $18.2 billion, nearly as high as last year's record-setting $18.4 billion, according to a National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analystics survey. Research indicates 81 percent of American consumers will celebrate the religious...

St. Patrick's Day spend will hit record-setting $5.9B, claims survey

Lots of Americans will be spending money to celebrate the annual Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, to the tune of $5.9 billion this year. That’s a record-setting expectation, according to an annual survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

NRF taps BJ's CEO as chairman

BJ's Wholesale Club President and CEO Christopher J. Baldwin has been elected chairman of the National Retail Federation's board of directors. His election is one of eight new board members, according to a Progressive Grocer report. "Chris Baldwin is one...

November retail beats last year's sales by 6%

It was a happy November for retailers as sales increased 6 percent compared to a year ago, according to the National Retail Federation. Online and non in-store sales grew 10.5 percent year-over-year, according to a release, which NRF stated illustrates...

Consumers will be busy this holiday weekend

More than 164 million consumers (69 percent of Americans) plan to shop or will consider shopping between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. The statistic, released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, reflects consumer insight regarding shopping on...

Survey: Younger shoppers expected to spend the most this holiday

Young adults, ages 18 to 24 years old, are expected to spend more this holiday season given more disposable income, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Nearly half of the age group,...

Retail jobs on decline after big weather events

The retail industry lost 18,000 jobs in October, according to the National Retail Federation, and while it's hard to pinpoint specific reasons, extreme weather events may have played a part. The figure does not include auto dealers, restaurants or gas...

Father's Day spend will likely be record-setting event

Americans will spend more on Dad this year than in the past with Father's Day spending expected to hit a record-setting high of $15.5 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Most of the spend will be on events like...

Infusion Retail Experience Lounge, New York

Infusion Retail Experience Lounge, New York

This year at NRF, Inclusion brought some highlights from its New York Experience Lounge. Although the "Big Show" has come and gone, the Lounge itself is still open for visits for a limited time, at the company's headquarters at Broadway and Houston.

NRF bulletin: Personalization done right

NRF bulletin: Personalization done right

I've been on record many times as a hater of shopper loyalty, but an advocate of intelligent personalization. I admit my position can be construed as mincing words, but I remain stubbornly committed to the distinction. When marketers and retailers try to ascribe loyalty to their card-carrying customers they are usually delusional.

NRF 2014: The show floor, in tweets and vines

NRF 2014: The show floor, in tweets and vines

Attendees made good use of social media at this year's BIG Show.

Holiday retail sales come in at NRF expectations

Severe winter weather did not dampen December retail sales as shoppers took advantage of heavy promotions and last-minute deals. According to the National Retail Federation, December retail sales, which excludes automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted...

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