Matthew Shay

NRF: 2011 Holiday Sales Rose 4.1%, Beating Expectations


Washington—Ratcheted up Black Friday promotions, longer store hours and a last minute rush to buy just before Christmas Day made … [Read more...]

Gift Receipts More Popular Than Ever

Holiday gift receipts

Washington–As just about everyone has experienced, sometimes those holiday gifts can be underwhelming, or even downright … [Read more...]

NRF Revises Holiday Sales Forecast—Upward!

Holiday Sales

Washington—It’s beginning to feel a lot more like Christmas at retail—especially if the National Retail Federation (NRF)’s latest … [Read more...]

Black Friday Sales Surge, But Will Spending Continue?

Shoppers began lining up outside Macy's Herald Square about 6 p.m. Thursday for a midnight Black Friday opening. (Photo: Stan Honda/AFP)

New York—First the good news: the hype around Black Friday apparently has paid off with shoppers out in record numbers—some … [Read more...]

NRF: Holiday Shoppers to Spend Less on Gifts, More on Self Purchase?

NRF 2011 Holiday Survey

Washington–This holiday season may be a good news/bad news type of experience for retailers. According to the National Retail … [Read more...]

NRF: Holiday Sales to Rise 2.8%

NRF: Holiday 2011 Forecast

Washington—What’s a single word to describe this year’s holiday shopping season? In a word: “average.” That’s the way the … [Read more...]

NRF: Expect “Boo”-ming Halloween Sales

"Zombie bride" one of the top sellers at Party City

Washington–Although Halloween still has a long way to go to catch up to Christmas in sales, the National Retail Federation (NRF) … [Read more...]

NRF Launches Job Advocacy Campaign for Retail

NRF Logo

Washington–With the 2012 election season fast approaching on the horizon, the National Retail Federation (NRF) today launched a … [Read more...]

Back to School Surveys: Retail Sales May Be Flat

Back to School 2011 Retail Sales

Washington–While major retailers are already touting their latest back to school offerings through advertising and social media, … [Read more...]

NRF: Americans to Splurge on Mom This Year

Mother's Day

Washington–Moms may get a little more spoiled this year on Mother’s Day as jewelry and accessories top American's gifts lists, the … [Read more...]

NRF: Easter Sales Continue Climb to Pre-Recession Levels

Easter Basket

Washington–Although some retailers reported Thursday that their March sales dropped on account of a later Easter this year, … [Read more...]

Commerce Dept: December Sales Set all time High

December 2010 sales hit $308.9 billion, an all-time high.

Washington—While December sales rose less than had been forecast, the 0.6% rise was the sixth consecutive month of growth, and … [Read more...]