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Data Security, Omnichannel Initiatives Top Retail CIOs’ Priority Lists

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Washington—With recent high-profile data breaches and the growing need to deliver a unified and differentiated customer experience, retail CIOs agree that security and digital innovation are top priorities for 2015. According to the 2015 National Retail Federation/Forrester Research Inc.’s Retail CIO Agenda 2015: Secure and Innovate report, managing data security …

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Healthy Growth in 2015: NRF Forecasts Retail Sales to Increase 4.1% Over Last Year

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Washington—Will the stronger sales most retailers experienced for holiday continue this year? With the U.S. economy gaining traction, The National Retail Federation today released its 2015 economic forecast today, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 4.1%*, up from the 3.5% growth seen in …

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Valentine’s Day Survey: More Shoppers Plan to Buy Jewelry This Year

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Washington—Not only as U.S. consumers planning to spend more on their Valentine’s Day gifts this year, jewelry, which normally ranks high for the holiday, may see an additional boost. According to According to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics released today, …

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Survey: Average Super Bowl Fan to Spend 14% More for Patriots/Seahawks Match-Up

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Washington—While “Deflategate”—allegations that the New England Patriots used deflated footballs during last weekend’s AFC championship games—may threaten to overshadow the Patriots’ Super Bowl matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, but so far consumers are hyped over the Sunday, February 1, matchup for Super Bowl XLIX. So much so that they plan …

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Main Street Merchants and Technology Leaders Target Patent Trolls

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Washington—To help in the battle against patent trolls, National Retail Federation today announced the launch of United for Patent Reform, a new coalition co-chaired by NRF and Oracle and comprised of grocery, hotel, retail, restaurant and technology associations and companies. The broad business coalition will pursue patent reform legislation aimed …

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NRF Holiday Results: Sales Increased 4%

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New York–Confident consumers stocked up on holiday gifts and other merchandise over the 2014 holiday season, helping boost overall holiday retail sales to their highest level since 2011. According to the National Retail Federation, December retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, decreased 0.9% seasonally adjusted month-to-month, and …

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Retailers Added 2,000 Jobs in December, Bringing Total to 176,000 in 2014

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Washington–Retail industry employment increased by 2,000 jobs in December as healthy hiring gains in general merchandise and sporting goods stores were offset by declines in clothing and furniture stores, the National Retail Federation said today. Retail employment for 2014 climbed by 176,000 jobs over the year before, according to NRF’s …

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NRF Foundation Reveals “The List” of People Shaping Retail’s Future

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Washington–The NRF Foundation, the non-profit arm of the National Retail Federation, announced today the individuals who have been named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. The 25 individuals selected, ranging from a United States Senator to a teenage fashion designer, represent power players, disruptors, givers, influencers and dreamers …