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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 …

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Retailers Urge Expedited Contract Negotiations at West Coast Ports

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Washington—In an effort to stave off any work stoppage as shipments arrive to West Coast ports for the crucial holiday selling period, the National Retail Federation urged Tuesday that maritime management and the union representing dockworkers should expedite pending contract negotiations before current contracts expire this summer. “We urge you …

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Retail Employment Edges Up in March

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Washington—Although the U.S. Department of Labor reported today that March “nonfarm payroll employment” rose by 192,000 missing analysts’ expectations, jobs in retail picked up perhaps signaling a similar pickup in sales. The unemployment rate remains flat at about 6.7%. According to the NRF, month-to-month retail employment increased 18,200 in March …

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Retail, Financial Trade Groups to Partner on Cyber Security

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Washington—Following recent calls that retailers, banks and security institutions partner in effort to avoid another cyberfraud debacle like Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers recently reported, a group of leading trade associations representing the retail and financial services industries announced a new cybersecurity partnership. The partnership will focus on exploring …

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Report: Fewer Americans Plan to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Washington—Probably due to the status of the bank accounts rather than their romances, fewer U.S. shoppers say they will celebrate—and spend—for Valentine’s Day this year. The findings are part of the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Valentine’s Day spending study conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics. About 20% to Buy Jewelry …