WASHINGTON – Fewer people than usual shopped in stores over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year, according to the annual survey released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The number of in-store shoppers on Thanksgiving Day dropped by 55% from last year and those on Black Friday dropped by 37%.
WASHINGTON – Consumers expect to spend a bit less this holiday season, according to the annual survey released this week by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Most of that decline will stem from consumers making less use of holiday sales for non-gift purchases. Buying presents for friends and family will still
WASHINGTON – Retail sales gains in August point to continued recovery from the coronavirus, the National Retail Federation said on Wednesday. “While August retail sales numbers were a bit mixed, we believe the consumer is resilient and is in good shape as we head into the holiday season,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said
WASHINGTON – Most families still don’t know what supplies students need for school and college this year, but more expect at least some classes to take place online than a month ago and say they are buying more computers and other items to be ready, the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics said
WASHINGTON – Retail sales continue to rebound from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Retail Federation said Friday. Sales in July grew more slowly than in June, but the trend continued to be positive. “Retail sales for July were another positive step in the right direction as our economy continues to slowly reopen,”
WASHINGTON – With consumers worried about touching surfaces during the coronavirus pandemic, the use of mobile payments and contactless credit or debit cards has significantly increased in the past few months, according to research released Thursday by the National Retail Federation and Forrester. “Health experts say there is no clear evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted
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
WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation welcomed a report released this week calling for a federal backstop for trade credit insurance, saying the proposal could help provide liquidity badly needed by retailers as they recover from the recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. “With retailers already ordering merchandise for the holiday season, vendors need
WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation is postponing its Big Show annual convention and expo, normally held in January, until June 2021. But NRF said Thursday that it also plans to hold a virtual event in January. Both events will feature the theme “Forward Together.” “The health and safety of our team, industry partners and
WASHINGTON – The economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has officially been declared a recession, but National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said today the key question is how long it will last. “Will this recession be briefer than earlier recessions?” Kleinhenz said. “No one has a crystal ball. And just as
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
WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation issued on Monday the following statement from president and CEO Matthew Shay regarding incidents involving retail stores across the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis: “It is with deep dismay and shared outrage that our communities express their anger and frustration through peaceful protests over the
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?
WASHINGTON – New estimates show that imports at major U.S. retail container ports dropped to their lowest level in five years in March, according to the Global Port Tracker report released this week by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. And imports are projected to remain significantly below normal levels through early summer as