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NRF president and chief executive officer Matthew Shay

Retailers unveil blueprint for shopping safe

Retailers unveil blueprint for shopping safe

WASHINGTON —  The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the National Retail Federation (NRF) released on Monday a Blueprint for Shopping Safe  outlining a phased-in approach to reopening retail. The plan urges governors to issue uniform, statewide protocols for retailers to adopt as they reopen stores and work to keep employees and customers safe. “As

NRF reports 2019 holiday sales were up 4.1%

NRF reports 2019 holiday sales were up 4.1%

WASHINGTON – Holiday retail sales during 2019 grew 4.1% over the same period in 2018 to $730.2 billion, the National Retail Federation said this week. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Online and other non-store sales were up 14.6% over the year before at $167.8 billion and are included in the total.

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