Nearly 40,000 retail industry professionals, including representatives from over 3,300 retail companies, 94 countries, and 50 states gathered at the Javits Convention Center in New York City last month for the annual National Retail Federation conference known as Retail’s BIG Show.
The National Retail Federation (NRF) announced that six new members have been elected to its Board of Directors.
The National Retail Federation (NRF) pegged retail job gains at 37,000 in July, with increases in general merchandise, food and beverage, and building and garden supply stores.
November retail sales up 0.8 percent, seasonally adjusted from October, and up 4.4 percent, unadjusted year-over-year, NRF reports.
Nearly 60 percent of consumers say they would like to receive gift cards this holiday season.
October marked the one-year anniversary of landmark Federal Reserve regulations that cut the average debit card swipe fee collected by the nation’s largest banks.
Halloween sales are projected to reach $8 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Halloween spending survey.
NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey reveals that the average holiday shopper will spend $749.51.
Black Friday’s days are numbered as retailers move toward a full weekend of promotions and events.
NRF has launched an initiative dedicated to educating and engaging America’s retail industry to encourage retail’s active participation in the elections.