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Holiday Imports Wrapping Up as West Coast Port Issues Continue

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Washington–With most holiday merchandise safely in the country despite significant congestion impacting West Coast ports, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to continue to slow down this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and …

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Black Friday Sales Drop as Shopping Trend Shift: NRF

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Washington—Early holiday promotions even before Thanksgiving, the continued growth of online shopping, and an improving economy changed the way millions of people approached the biggest shopping weekend of the year. According to NRF’s Thanksgiving Weekend Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 55.1% of holiday shoppers were or will …

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Retailers Call on Port Parties to Remain at Negotiating Table

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Washington—With reports that on reports that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association are taking a break from contract negotiations, retailers are more worried than ever about shipments they expect for fourth quarter and beyond. The National Retail Federation issued FRiday the following statement from President/CEO Matthew …

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NRF: Holiday Bargain Hunters Hold Out for Deals

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Washington–Procrastinators and bargain hunters alike are taking their time getting started with their holiday shopping bonanza, possibly to take advantage of deeper discounts over Thanksgiving weekend and late in the season. According to NRF’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 45.6% of holiday shoppers say they …

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Retailers Applaud Extended Chinese Visas, Encouraging International Shopping

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Washington–The National Retail Federation today was among the retail groups that applauded the announcement that the United States and China have agreed to extend Chinese business and tourist visas from one year to 10 years. “We applaud the administration for moving to reduce travel restraints on international shoppers and tourists,” …

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Broad Merchant Coalition Urges Passage of Comprehensive Breach Notification Legislation

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Washington—The next Congress, one dominated by the Republican Party in both houses, already has some items on their agenda—at the urging of the nation’s retailers. A broad coalition of national and state associations representing retailers and other merchants sent a letter today to congressional leaders calling for federal legislation to …

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Holiday: Retailers Preparing for Online Surge, Re-Focused Shipping Dates

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Washington—Hoping to avoid a debacle like last year, when last minute online shoppers paid for next day deliveries that didn’t happen, retailers are evaluating delivery services this year. According to Shop.org’s eHoliday survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, nearly eight in 10 (78.8%) retailers surveyed will set their standard …

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Growing List of Shareholders Urge Action on Agreement for West Coast Ports

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Washington—Retailers are getting restless. It’s all about the continuing negotiations over a new labor agreement to resolve the congestion issues that affect West Coast ports. Since the Western ports account for the majority of import cargo, retailers are concerned that the talks linger on. Meanwhile container traffic up as concern …

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Survey: Gift Givers Plan to Splurge on Friends, Family for Holiday

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Washington—American consumers are likely to throw their cautiousness to the wind this holiday season, upping the amount they plan to spend. According to the National Retail Federation’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey,, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average person celebrating Christmas, Kwanza and/or Hanukkah will spend $804.42, up nearly …