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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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Federal Mediators to Join Stalled West Coast Port Talks

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Los Angeles—After months of haggling, the labor dispute between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) caused both parties to agree today to federal mediators in hopes to turning around stalled negotiations. According to Allison Beck, acting director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, …

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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 …

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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 …