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July 4th: Grilling Up Good Times

In What's New, Industry News by Accessories Staff

Washington—According to NRF’s 2014 Independence Day Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, more than 153 million consumers – nearly two-thirds of those celebrating – are set to observe the Fourth of July holiday with a cookout, barbeque or picnic, spending an estimated $6.2 billion ($68.16 per household) on burgers, …

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Retail Employment Edges Up in March

In What's New, Industry News by Jeff Prine

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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Report: Fewer Americans Plan to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

In Industry Experts, What's New by Accessories Staff

Industry Experts

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 …