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National Retail Federation

NRF: Economy has momentum despite challenges

NRF: Economy has momentum despite challenges

WASHINGTON – Top challenges have shifted from COVID-19 to inflation and the war in Ukraine, but the U.S. economy will continue to face uncertainties in the year ahead, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said Friday. “While the public health situation has greatly improved, the impact of the pandemic continues to spread,” Kleinhenz said.

NRF: More consumers seeking bargains this Easter

NRF: More consumers seeking bargains this Easter

WASHINGTON – Eighty percent of Americans plan to celebrate Easter this year and will collectively spend $20.8 billion to mark the holiday, according to a survey released Monday by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. That projected figure is down slightly from last year’s forecast of $21.6 billion. “Consumers are eager to

NRF applauds agreement on transatlantic data flows

NRF applauds agreement on transatlantic data flows

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation welcomed the announcement Friday that a long-sought agreement in principle on transatlantic data flows has been reached between the United States and the European Union. “Transatlantic data flows are vitally important to global retailers that operate establishments in Europe or sell goods online or by mobile apps to European

NRF releases 2022 Top 50 Global Retailers list

NRF releases 2022 Top 50 Global Retailers list

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation released Wednesday its annual list of the Top 50 Global Retailers. Conducted with Kantar, the 2022 Top 50 Global Retailers list is a compilation of the 50 most impactful international retailers based on their operations at the start of 2021. Walmart continues to be the world’s largest retailer, having made

February retail sales show year-over-year gains

February retail sales show year-over-year gains

WASHINGTON – Retail sales showed a strong year-over-year gain in February, but the monthly pace slowed compared with January as inflation drove up prices and lingering effects of the COVID-19 omicron variant affected the supply chain, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday. “Retail sales data continues to show impressive consumer resilience,” NRF president and CEO

NRF: Retail sales to grow 6% to 8% in 2022

NRF: Retail sales to grow 6% to 8% in 2022

WASHINGTON — Worries about war and inflation are not expected to keep consumers from spending money in retail stores and on online this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Retail sales will grow between 6% and 8% this year to top $4.86 trillion this year, the trade group’s annual forecast predicts. The forecast was

Retail sales showed strong gains in January

Retail sales showed strong gains in January

WASHINGTON – The omicron variant, inflation and bad weather in much of the country were not enough to stop consumers from shopping in January, the National Retail Federation reported on Wednesday. Retail sales posted strong gains in January despite those and other challenges. “January’s numbers show that 2022 is starting very strong for consumers and

NRF economist sees more growth ahead

NRF economist sees more growth ahead

WASHINGTON – National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said Tuesday that the Federal Reserve’s efforts to curb inflation should not derail the U.S. economy’s continued growth. “There is plenty of room to raise rates without threatening the economy,” he said. Kleinhenz’s remarks came in the February issue of NRF’s Monthly Economic Review, which said

Valentine’s Day spending to hit $23.9 billion

Valentine’s Day spending to hit $23.9 billion

WASHINGTON  – Valentine’s Day spending is expected to reach $23.9 billion this year, up from $21.8 billion in 2021 and the second-highest year on record, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “Following the historic level of consumer spending over the winter holidays, it appears

Walmart’s John Furner named NRF board chairman

Walmart’s John Furner named NRF board chairman

WASHINGTON – Walmart U.S. president and CEO John Furner has been elected chairman of the National Retail Federation’s board of directors. Furner replaces former Qurate Retail, Inc. President and CEO Mike George, who has served in the role since 2020. “We are grateful to Mike George for his exceptional leadership as chairman of NRF over

NRF: Holiday sales hit a record $886.7 billion

NRF: Holiday sales hit a record $886.7 billion

WASHINGTON – Retail sales for the 2021 holiday season totaled $886.7 billion, up 14.1% over 2020 and easily beating the National Retail Federation’s forecast, the retail trade group said on Friday. That number, which includes $218.9 billion in online and other non-store sales (up 11.3%) but excludes sales at automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants,

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