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Retailers & Trade Orgs Welcome Bipartisan TPA Legislation, Urge Approval to Move Trade Agenda Forward

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Retail and trade organizations reacted favorably following yesterday’s announcement that a bipartisan Congressional bill on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was introduced. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. introduced legislation that would renew TPA, which …

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NRF Applauds JCPenney’s Congressional Testimony on Patent Trolls

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Washington—The NRF congratulated today JCPenney for its testimony in front of a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on patent reform, at which JCPenney Senior Managing Counsel Diane Lettelleir testified. According to NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French, “Patent trolls impact every segment of the United States economy, …

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Trade Associations: Congress Must Resolve Online Sales Tax Disparity

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Washington–The National Retail Federation issued the following statement today from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act by Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: “We welcome this effort to level the sales tax playing field between Main Street merchants and …

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Retailers Add 24,000 Jobs in February, 218,000 in Past Year

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Washington–Despite unusual winter weather throughout the country that often hampered sales, retail industry employment in February increased by 24,000 jobs and has increased  218,000 on a year-over-year basis as retailers and merchants again added strength in numbers to the overall economy, the National Retail Federation said today. Strong monthly gains …

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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 …