Breaking down current shopping habits of each generation

A recent story by broke down shopping habits by generations. The list includes traits of Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Millennials (1981-1997) and Generation Z (born after 1997). Generation X (1965-1980) is... more »

Number of retail stores actually growing, not shrinking

By Mark Mathews | National Retail Federation Click here to view a chart comparing net store openings and closings. As the “retail apocalypse” canard continues to grab the odd headline in the media, the data... more »

Pence: ‘Congress needs to step up’ to help retailers

Vice President Mike Pence praised the retail industry’s contributions to the economy as he spoke before merchants from across the nation at NRF’s annual Retail Advocates Summit, and pledged to help pass pro-growth initiatives on issues... more »

NRF rips NY Post article for ‘retail is dying’ narrative

The New York Post has a problem with the National Retail Federation’s optimistic back-to-school spending predictions, and the National Retail Federation has a problem with that. In an interview with Forbes’ Barbara Thau, NRF vice... more »

Merchants stock up on imports as busy summer seasons kicks in

July and August should be two of the busiest months ever seen for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports, possibly setting a new record as merchants enter the back-to-school season and begin to... more »

National Retail Federation predicts ‘solid’ holiday buying season

The National Retail Federation announced Oct. 4 it expects sales in November and December, excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales, to increase a solid 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent and above the seven-year average of 3.4 percent... more »

Tyke Trends

Acquiring a fashion sense usually comes after things like potty training and eating without a bib in a child's development. However, the ideas of parents and grandparents on how baby should look and play are... more »

A Look Ahead

What to expect in specialty retail for 2013The word trends" is, well, trendy, but I don't really know that the specialty retail industry is especially prone to following of-the-moment movements. While there are certain colors... more »
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