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Retailers decry California privacy law

Retailers decry California privacy law

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation denounced new privacy legislation passed in California Thursday. The law has been described as the strictest online privacy law in the country, giving consumers more control over the data companies collect about them. NRF called it “deeply flawed” and said retailers’ ability to provide customer service could be severely

NRF urges Supreme Court to “level playing field”

NRF urges Supreme Court to “level playing field”

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday on the question of whether online sellers can be required to collect sales tax in the same way that brick-and-mortar stores in local communities do. The National Retail Federation contends that they should, arguing in a brief filed in November that changing technology has

Retailers part ways with Trump on tariffs

Retailers part ways with Trump on tariffs

Despite his fiery rhetoric and sometimes unpredictable policy positions during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump has mostly turned out to be the kind of president that business leaders can appreciate. The National Retail Federation praised the tax reform bill signed into law by President Trump, for example, calling it a “major victory for lawmakers.” And

Retailers urge Trump to reconsider tariffs

Retailers urge Trump to reconsider tariffs

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued statements on Thursday warning that tariffs meant to punish China for its trade practices would hurt American consumers. The retailer groups urged President Trump to refrain from imposing tariffs as a retaliatory measure against China’s predatory trade practices — which

NRF projects strong spending for Easter

NRF projects strong spending for Easter

WASHINGTON — Easter spending is expected to total $18.2 billion this year, according to a survey released Thursday by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. A total of 81% of Americans will celebrate the holiday and spend an average of $150 per person, the survey found. That is down from last year’s

U.S. retailers urge Trump not to impose tariffs

U.S. retailers urge Trump not to impose tariffs

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen retail companies — including Walmart, Costco Wholesale Corp., Dollar Tree Inc. and Target Corp. — sent a letter on Monday to President Trump urging him to refrain from imposing tariffs on China and alleging that American families would be hurt by such a move. In a separate letter to

NRF’s Davis named NRF Foundation president

NRF’s Davis named NRF Foundation president

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation (NRF) on Monday named Ellen Davis president of the NRF Foundation, the NRF’s philanthropic arm. Davis will continue to serve NRF as the organization’s senior vice president for research and strategic initiatives. As president, Davis will oversee the foundation’s programs in job-readiness training, education, scholarships and credentialing. “Under Ellen’s

NRF: Retail sales stayed strong in January

NRF: Retail sales stayed strong in January

WASHINGTON – Retail sales in January were nearly as strong as during the holiday season, dropping only 0.26% on a seasonally adjusted basis from December, according to the National Retail Federation. And sales rose 5.4% compared to last January. “These numbers reinforce a positive start to 2018 that reflects ongoing consumer optimism brought about by

Online sales tax goes to high court

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association each welcomed the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reenter the dispute over whether states should be able to require online retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes. Retailers and others had been expecting the court to take up the

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