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Matthew Shay

Father’s Day spending expected to hit record

Father’s Day spending expected to hit record

WASHINGTON – Americans are expected to spend a record $16 billion on Father’s Day gifts this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight & Analytics. That’s up from last year’s $15.3 billion. “Fathers, husbands and sons can expect to feel the love this Father’s Day,” NRF president and CEO

Supreme Court rules for internet sales tax

Supreme Court rules for internet sales tax

WASHINGTON — States can collect sales tax from online sellers even if those companies don’t have a physical presence in the state, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a case with far-reaching implications for online commerce. “The physical presence rule has long been criticized as giving out-of-state sellers an advantage,” the court said in

NRF: Holiday retail sales increased 5.5% in 2017

NRF: Holiday retail sales increased 5.5% in 2017

WASHINGTON – Citing U.S. Census data, the National Retail Federation reported Friday that retail sales during November and December increased 5.5% compared to last year, to reach $691.9 billion. That number includes $138.4 billion in online and other non-store sales, which were up 11.5% over the year before. The results exceeded NRF’s predicted increase of

NRF forecasts sales growth for 2017

NRF forecasts sales growth for 2017

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation on Wednesday forecast that retail industry sales will grow between 3.7% and 4.2% in 2017. Online and other non-store/online sales, which are included in the overall number, are expected to increase between 8% and 12%. NRF’s definition of retail sales excludes automobiles, and money spent at gas stations and

Are recent headlines a sign of things to come?

Two recent business stories that received a fair amount of attention in mainstream media channels raise some interesting questions about the trajectory of retailing in America. The National Retail Federation reported in the middle of last month that holiday sales increased just 3% to $626 billion. The lackluster performance fell well short of the association’s