Matthew Shay

July Retail Sales Outpace Expectations

The positive July retail sales report comes at a good time--during the important back to school sales season.

Washington—For the first time in four months, U.S. retail sales rose in July ahead of economists’ expectations and a welcome sign … [Read more...]

Cautious Back to College Shoppers to Investigate Before They Buy


Washington—With uncertainty looming with the U.S. economy, back to college shoppers—even more so than those shopping for grades K … [Read more...]

Despite May Sales Decline, Retail Finds Some Bright Spots


Washington—While the U.S. Commerce Department reported today that total May retail sales fell 0.2%, sales at some retailers, … [Read more...]

Increased Father’s Day Spending May Help Retailers’ June Totals


Washington–Retailers typically look forward to Mother’s Day which usually provides a nice bump up in sales for May. And while … [Read more...]

Honolulu Boutique Owner Wins NRF’s “This is Retail” Video Contest

Tanna Dang of Eden in Love, first place winner of NRF's "This is Retail" video contest.

Washington—The votes are in and Tanna Dang, co-owner of Eden in Love, an apparel and accessories boutique in Honolulu, is $25,000 … [Read more...]

NRF: Consumers Won’t Scrimp on Mom This Year

Mother's Day Shopping 2012

Washington–“M is for the million things she gave me…” says one of the most famous songs about moms, “M-O-T-H-E-R.”But if the … [Read more...]

Vote for the Top 5 in “This is Retail” Video Contest


Washington–Clocking more than 420,000 votes last week in the battle among the Top 10 finalists in the National Retail Federation … [Read more...]

“This is Retail” Video Contest Narrows to Top 10

"This is Retail" Top 10

Washington–America has voted—and now only 10 top finalists remain in The National Retail Federation (NRF)’s “This is Retail” video … [Read more...]

The NRF Wants Your Vote–in Retail Video Contest

"This is Retail" Video Contest

Washington—While it won’t get the attention or millions of votes that “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars” does, the … [Read more...]

Retailers Want to “JOLT” Senate into Action on Fast Track Tourist Visas

Travel USA!

Washington—As more foreign tourists come to the United States on spending sprees, some retail groups wants to put a JOLT into … [Read more...]

Commerce Dept: Despite Gas Prices, Spending Increased in February

Retail Sales

Washington—Gasoline prices may be surging, but that didn’t keep consumers from purchasing last month. February retail sales, … [Read more...]

NRF: Jewelry Sales to Climb This Valentine’s Day?


Washington—Gift givers are hoping their significant others will be wearing their hearts on their sleeves—or lapels, necklines, … [Read more...]