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Thanksgiving weekend spending up 16%

Thanksgiving weekend spending up 16%

WASHINGTON — Americans shopped in record numbers over this year’s Thankgiving holiday weekend, the National Retail Federation reported on Tuesday. A survey conducted for the NRF by Prosper Insights & Analytics found that a record 189.6 million U.S. consumers shopped in stores and online from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year. That’s up 14%

NRF study says holiday shopping beginning earlier

NRF study says holiday shopping beginning earlier

WASHINGTON – More than half of consumers have already started their holiday shopping and nearly a quarter of purchases have already been made, according to the annual survey recently released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “This is further evidence that the holiday season has grown far beyond the period between

Holiday shoppers plan to spend 4% more this year

Holiday shoppers plan to spend 4% more this year

WASHINGTON — Consumers say they will spend an average of $1,047.83 this holiday season, up 4% from the $1,007.24 they said they would spend last year, according to the annual survey released Thursday by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Shoppers between the ages of 35 and 44 plan to spend the

Retail sales up in July

Retail sales up in July

WASHINGTON — Retail sales were up 0.9% in July seasonally adjusted from June and up 5.6% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said this week. The numbers exclude sales by automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. “July’s strong results are consistent with a confident consumer,” said NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz. “Households are in good

Father’s Day spending expected to hit record numbers

Father’s Day spending expected to hit record numbers

WASHINGTON – Americans are expected to spend a record $16 billion on Father’s Day gifts this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight & Analytics. That’s up from last year’s $15.3 billion. “Fathers, husbands and sons can expect to feel the love this Father’s Day,” NRF president and CEO

NRF calls latest tariffs a big gamble

NRF calls latest tariffs a big gamble

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has warned that the Trump administration’s imposition of additional tariffs on Chinese goods puts the U.S. economy and American jobs at risk. “We support the administration’s efforts to deliver a meaningful trade agreement that levels the playing field for American businesses and workers,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay.

Retail sales bounce back in January

Retail sales bounce back in January

WASHINGTON – Retail sales rebounded in January, the National Retail Federation said on Monday. Sales increased by 1.3% seasonally adjusted from December and by 3.6% unadjusted year-over-year. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.“Retail sales recovered in January after the unexpected drop in December, reinforcing a positive start to 2019,” NRF chief economist

NRF reports holiday sales gains less than anticipated

NRF reports holiday sales gains less than anticipated

WASHINGTON – The holiday season turned out not to have been a particularly merry one for retail sales, the National Retail Federation said on Thursday. Retail sales grew a lower-than-expected 2.9% during the two-month period, according to the NRF, which cited U.S. Commerce Department data that had been delayed by nearly a month because of

Thanksgiving weekend multichannel shopping up 40%

Thanksgiving weekend multichannel shopping up 40%

WASHINGTON — From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, more than 165 million Americans shopped either in stores or online, surpassing the 164 million who had said they would shop in a consumer sentiment survey conducted ahead of the holiday, the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics said. The average shopper spent $313.29 on

Retailers say credit card swipe fee proposed settlement won’t work

Retailers say credit card swipe fee proposed settlement won’t work

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation said a proposed new class action settlement, which purports to resolve claims that Visa and MasterCard set credit card swipe fees in a multi-billion dollar price-fixing scheme, largely resembles part of an agreement that both a federal appellate court and the retail industry had already rejected. “The monetary settlement

NRF reports July retail sales increased 4.9%

NRF reports July retail sales increased 4.9%

WASHINGTON – July retail sales were up 0.4% seasonally adjusted from June and increased 4.9% unadjusted year-over-year, giving the industry a solid kickoff for the third quarter as consumers continued to spend despite concerns about the growing trade war, the National Retail Federation reported today. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Today’s numbers

NRF revises retail sales forecast for 2018

NRF revises retail sales forecast for 2018

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation has revised its retail sales forecast for 2018, saying it now expects sales to increase 4.5% or more, up from its earlier projection of a year-on-year gain in the range of 3.8% to 4.4%. “Higher wages, gains in disposable income, a strong job market and record-high household net worth

Supreme Court rules for internet sales tax

Supreme Court rules for internet sales tax

WASHINGTON — States can collect sales tax from online sellers even if those companies don’t have a physical presence in the state, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a case with far-reaching implications for online commerce. “The physical presence rule has long been criticized as giving out-of-state sellers an advantage,” the court said in

New tax code eliminates ACA individual mandate

New tax code eliminates ACA individual mandate

WASHINGTON — The individual mandate is no more. The requirement under the Affordable Care Act that people pay a penalty if they do not obtain health insurance was eliminated in the federal tax overhaul passed by Congress. After the Senate approved the tax reform legislation 51-48, Trump tweeted, “Terrible Individual Mandate (ObamaCare) Repealed.” He signed

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