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January retail sales up 5.4 percent over last year

An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing — dropping only 0.26 percent seasonally adjusted from December — and fueled a healthy 5.4 percent increase year-over year,... more »

Retail sales projected to rise about 4 percent in 2018

The National Retail Federation has released its 2018 economic forecast, projecting that retail industry sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.4 percent over 2017. Online and other non-store sales, which are included in the overall... more »

Podcast: Using data to shape the shopping journey

The retail industry isn’t undergoing an evolution, but a revolution. Yet with monumental advancements in retail technology, it can be difficult for retailers to decide which solutions are best for their businesses. For this episode, SalesforceSenior... more »

Retail jobs increase by more than 11,000 during January

Retail industry employment increased by 11,100 jobs in January over December, the National Retail Federation said today. The number excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Overall, the economy added 200,000 jobs, the Labor Department... more »

National Retail Federation announces newly elected board of directors

The National Retail Federation has announced that BJ’s Wholesale Club President and CEO Christopher J. Baldwin has been elected chairman of the NRF Board of Directors. In addition, eight other retailers and retail partners have been... more »

Today’s consumer expects to get products quick, easily and at no added cost for delivery

When consumers shop — in stores or online — they are usually looking for something specific and want to be able to find it easily. And when they shop online they expect to get their... more »

Retailers imported ‘more merchandise than ever’ in 2017 as sales increase

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports grew 7 percent during 2017 over 2016 as retail sales continued to increase and the industry wrapped up the year with a strong holiday season, according to... more »

Proposed Dept. of Labor regulations would aid small retailers’ access to healthcare plans, says NRF

The National Retail Federation welcomed proposed regulations released Jan. 4 by the Department of Labor that would help expand small retailers’ access to affordable health insurance through the use of association health plans. “Main Street retailers need... more »
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