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February retail sales increase 4.4 percent over last year Market research Press releases 

February retail sales increase 4.4 percent over last year

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 – February retail sales increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted over January and 4.4 percent year-over-year as the economy continued to grow, the National Retail Federation said today. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Consumers are still in the driver’s seat,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “Month-to-month comparisons don’t tell the whole story because... Read More
January Retail Sales Continue Strong After Holidays, Up 5.4 Percent Over Last Year Press releases 

January Retail Sales Continue Strong After Holidays, Up 5.4 Percent Over Last Year

WASHINGTON, February 14, 2018 – 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, the National Retail Federation said today. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “These numbers reinforce a positive start... Read More
Following Job Gains in November, Retailers Scale Back in December News Press releases 

Following Job Gains in November, Retailers Scale Back in December

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2018 – Retail industry employment decreased by 20,200 jobs in December from November, the National Retail Federation said today. The number, which excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, reverses the increase of 20,500 jobs seen in November over October, which the Labor Department revised upward from the original estimate of a 12,900-job gain, likely because of... Read More
Five ways to boost your photo business in 2018 Feature Opinion 

Five ways to boost your photo business in 2018

Every new year brings new opportunities and new challenges and 2018 is shaping up to be no different. After the hustle and bustle of the all-important fourth quarter, many photo businesses use this time to reflect and to plan. Let’s take a look at some practical ideas: Know your value – Many business owners think they know their business, but... Read More
Consumers and Retailers Win Big Over Thanksgiving Holiday Market research News Press releases 

Consumers and Retailers Win Big Over Thanksgiving Holiday

WASHINGTON, November 28, 2017 – From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, more than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online during the just-concluded holiday weekend, beating the 164 million estimated shoppers from an earlier survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights and Analytics. Average spending per person over the five-day period was $335.47, with $250.78 – 75... Read More
Exclusive: Neomodern advances concierge photo printing service Feature News 

Exclusive: Neomodern advances concierge photo printing service

New retail store offers high-end printing and framing service There’s a new retail gallery concept unveiled on Union St. in San Francisco that tries to meld digital sensibilities with a classic fine-art aesthetic. Neomodern, launched by former Netflix and Adobe executive Michael Rubin, is a digital photography lab, frame shop and art gallery, offering concierge printing service. The concept is... Read More
Imports Set a Second Record High as Retailers Prepare for Busy Holiday Season Market research Press releases 

Imports Set a Second Record High as Retailers Prepare for Busy Holiday Season

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2017 – Imports set a second all-time monthly record high this summer as retailers brought in merchandise for the busy holiday season, and are continuing at unusually high levels this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “When imports break records two months in a... Read More
NRF Launches New Quarterly Report On Consumer Behavior Market research Press releases 

NRF Launches New Quarterly Report On Consumer Behavior

Bricks-and-mortar stores are still the cornerstone of American retail WASHINGTON, September 27, 2017 – The National Retail Federation today launched Consumer View, a new quarterly report designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to stores, online channels, customer loyalty, technology and other issues. “The retail industry is changing more rapidly than ever before, and this new vehicle will... Read More
NRF Adjusts Forecast for 2017 Retail Sales Following Government Data Revision Market research Press releases 

NRF Adjusts Forecast for 2017 Retail Sales Following Government Data Revision

WASHINGTON, September 6, 2017 – The National Retail Federation today adjusted its forecast for retail sales for 2017, saying sales are now expected to increase between 3.2 percent and 3.8 percent rather than the 3.7– 4.2 percent forecast earlier this year. “Meaningful revisions to retail sales numbers by the Census Bureau and similar revisions to personal income and consumption by the... Read More
Retail sales rebound in July, up 3.5 percent over 2016 Market research Press releases 

Retail sales rebound in July, up 3.5 percent over 2016

Spending Growth in Online and Building Materials Lead Pack August 15, 2017 – WASHINGTON – Retail sales in July increased by 0.6 percent over June on a seasonally adjusted basis, triple the revised 0.2 percent growth seen in June, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation. Sales increased by 3.5 percent year-over-year, a continuation of the growth seen in... Read More
Back-to-School and Back-to-College Spending to Reach $83.6 Billion Market research Press releases 

Back-to-School and Back-to-College Spending to Reach $83.6 Billion

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 – With consumer confidence rising and more young people in school, back-to-college spending is expected to hit an all-time high this year while back-to-school spending is expected to see its second-highest spending level on record, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics. Total spending for school and college combined... Read More
Retail Sales Remain Flat in May, according to National Retail Federation Marketing Press releases 

Retail Sales Remain Flat in May, according to National Retail Federation

WASHINGTON – Retail sales in May were essentially unchanged on a seasonally adjusted basis after an upwardly revised gain of 0.6 percent, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation. In May, sales were 5.3 percent above the year-ago level on an unadjusted basis and increased four percent on a 3-month moving average year-over-year. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline... Read More
Almost Two-Thirds of U.S. Consumers Now Use Mobile to Shop, Says CTA Research Market research Press releases 

Almost Two-Thirds of U.S. Consumers Now Use Mobile to Shop, Says CTA Research

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The increasing use of smartphones for shopping has drastically impacted the consumer’s path to purchase, according to the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA)™ Path to Purchase Using Mobile Devices Market Research report. CTA’s report finds that online and mobile research leading to a brick-and-mortar in-store purchase remains the primary way consumers make decisions. “From smart homes and smartphones to... Read More
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