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National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz

With COVID cases rising, NRF says recovery is ‘being tested daily’

With COVID cases rising, NRF says recovery is ‘being tested daily’

WASHINGTON – Despite broad indications that the economy has begun to recover as businesses reopen from the coronavirus pandemic, conflicting data makes it difficult to say how steadily the comeback will continue, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said Monday. “Optimism about the economy and retail spending is being tested daily with the spread

May retail sales improve dramatically over April but way down from last year

May retail sales improve dramatically over April but way down from last year

WASHINGTON — The reopening of stores shuttered by the COVID-19 outbreak boosted retail sales in May, which were up dramatically compared to April, the National Retail Federation reported Tuesday. But sales were still way down from the same period last year. “Today’s sales report is very encouraging news at a time when we need to

NRF says ‘uncertainty abounds’ in predicting recovery from coronavirus pandemic 

NRF says ‘uncertainty abounds’ in predicting recovery from coronavirus pandemic 

WASHINGTON – While the reopening of businesses shut down by the coronavirus pandemic is a significant step forward, it is too soon to say how quickly or smoothly the nation’s economy will recover, National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said on Monday. “Is it possible the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us?