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NRF: Holiday Bargain Hunters Hold Out for Deals

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Washington–Procrastinators and bargain hunters alike are taking their time getting started with their holiday shopping bonanza, possibly to take advantage of deeper discounts over Thanksgiving weekend and late in the season. According to NRF’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 45.6% of holiday shoppers say they …

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Retailers Applaud Extended Chinese Visas, Encouraging International Shopping

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Washington–The National Retail Federation today was among the retail groups that applauded the announcement that the United States and China have agreed to extend Chinese business and tourist visas from one year to 10 years. “We applaud the administration for moving to reduce travel restraints on international shoppers and tourists,” …

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Growing List of Shareholders Urge Action on Agreement for West Coast Ports

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Washington—Retailers are getting restless. It’s all about the continuing negotiations over a new labor agreement to resolve the congestion issues that affect West Coast ports. Since the Western ports account for the majority of import cargo, retailers are concerned that the talks linger on. Meanwhile container traffic up as concern …

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Survey: Gift Givers Plan to Splurge on Friends, Family for Holiday

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Washington—American consumers are likely to throw their cautiousness to the wind this holiday season, upping the amount they plan to spend. According to the National Retail Federation’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey,, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average person celebrating Christmas, Kwanza and/or Hanukkah will spend $804.42, up nearly …

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NRF Survey: Coupon Usage Grows Among Back-to-School, College Shoppers

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Washington–Recognizing that a number of the best deals of the summer are still to come, some families have only scratched the surface of their back-to-school shopping lists as of mid-August. According to NRF’s latest Back-to-School/College Surveys, the average family with children in grades K-12 completed just half (49.9%) of their …

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NRF: Families to Increase Spending on Back to School This Year

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Washington—Driven by increased demand for electronic items and parents’ need to restock their children’s wardrobes and school supplies from last year, families this summer will spend slightly more on back-to-school items than last year. According to NRF’s 2014 Back-to-School Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average family with …

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“Retail Across America”: The Next Phase of This is Retail Campaign

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Washington—Call it an example of “getting-an-act-together-and-taking-it-on-the-road.” One year after the world’s largest retail association launched its This is Retail initiative, the National Retail Federation has embarked on two significantly larger scale initiatives that will bring together select retailers and students with state retail associations, legislators, government and opinion leaders, and …