NRF: November Sales Rose 3.2%

The National Retail Federation said that November retail sales, excluding cars, gas stations and restaurants, rose 3.2 percent over November 2013. “As we’ve said all along, retailers are optimistic that they will see healthy holiday sales gains this year,” Said NRF CEO Matthew Shay. “November sales results confirm that optimism, and we are steadfast in […]

Have Early Promotions and Online Sales Killed Black Friday?

Retail traffic for Thanksgiving weekend was down 5.2 percent from last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

NRF Asks President Obama to Intervene in West Coast Port Talks


The NRF is asking Obama to get involved in the contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association dockworkers.

NRF: 2014 Holidays Sales to Increase 4.1% to $616.9 Billion


This would mark the first time since 2011 that holiday sales would increase more than 4 percent.

NRF: Holiday Traffic Up, Spending Down


More than 141 million individual people shopped over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the NRF.

NRF: Holiday Gift Card Sales to Hit $30 Billion


The NRF estimates that 80% of consumers will buy gift cards this holiday season, with total spending on cards nationwide reaching $29.8 billion.

Saks CEO Sadove elected chairman of the NRF


Saks Inc. CEO Steve Sadove has been elected as chairman of the board of directors of the National Retail Federation, succeeding Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren.

Retail groups brace for East and Gulf Coast port strike

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The looming East and Gulf Coast port strikes by the International Longshoremen’s Association “could have devastating economic consequences,” says a new report.

Holiday sales growth expected to be 4.1%


US retail sales are expected to increase 4.1% this holiday season but will be tempered by political and fiscal uncertainties, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

NRF revising holiday sales estimates after strong November


The National Retail Federation says that November sales, helped by Black Friday, were up 4.5 percent.