National Retail Federation

NRF says economy is not in recession and unlikely to enter one this year

Despite two consecutive quarters of decline, the U.S. economy still does not appear to be in a recession and remains unlikely to enter one this year, National Retail Federation (NRF) Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said.... more »

National Retail Federation responds to latest tariff escalation

The Trump administration plans to impose a 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of goods imported from China beginning Sept. 1, 2019. The National Retail Federation issued a statement from David French, senior vice president for... more »

2019 Graduation gift spending trends

According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, 34 percent of respondents will purchase a graduation gift this year. The NRF survey found 45 percent 18-24 year-olds plan... more »

February retail sales increased 2.7 percent over 2018

Retail sales were down 0.7 percent in February seasonally adjusted from January but up 2.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year as delays and revisions related to the government shutdown continued to make comparisons difficult according to the... more »

Retailers urge Congress to fix tax bill error delaying investment

The National Retail Federation urged Congress to support bipartisan legislation introduced today in the House that would fix a drafting error in the tax reform law that took effect in 2018. The error relating to... more »

How younger consumers are embracing Easter

In the article "3 Ways Younger Consumers are embracing Easter" by Katie Jordan, manager, Research and Industry Insights, National Retail Federation, a variety of holiday-related activities are discussed that may spur additional spending by the younger... more »

Retailers urge Congress to pass tariff relief legislation

The National Retail Federation (NRF) called on Congress to pass legislation on February 28, 2019 that would require that a process be established to exclude some items from the Trump administration’s tariffs on $200 billion worth... more »

Retail jobs grew nearly 15,000 in January over December

Retail industry employment in January was down by 15,100 jobs unadjusted from a year earlier but increased 14,800 jobs seasonally adjusted from December, the National Retail Federation reports. The retail numbers, which exclude automobile dealers,... more »

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