|NRF CEO: “The Real Winners This Thanksgiving Weekend are Consumers” |
Release Date: November 29, 2013
Even the post-turkey coma couldn’t keep a good shopper down last night as millions of people across the country lined the sidewalks late Thursday night and by midnight on Black Friday to stock up on discounted toys, laptops, tablets, apparel, and more.
|Hot Holiday Deals Will Drive 140 Million Shoppers Online, to Stores Thanksgiving Weekend|
Release Date: November 15, 2013
For the first time since 2002, Thanksgiving falls as late as the calendar possibly allows it to, but eager holiday shoppers are already mapping their shopping strategies for the big weekend. According to a preliminary Thanksgiving weekend shopping survey, up to 140 million people plan to or will shop over the weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), a slight decrease from the 147 million who planned to do so last year.* For the first time, NRF asked if people plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day: of those who plan to shop that weekend, nearly one-quarter (23.5%) plan to on Thanksgiving Day, or 33 million shoppers.
|Americans Making Progress with Gift Lists, According to NRF |
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Early October holiday promotions struck a chord with millions of Americans as 53.8 percent of shoppers say they have already started holiday shopping, according to the National Retail Federation’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Specifically, just 46.2 percent say they have yet to start, the smallest percent in the survey’s history.
|Retailers Urge Action to Combat Patent Troll Demand Letters|
Release Date: November 07, 2013
Retailers, advertisers and marketers called [PDF] on Congress today to involve the Federal Trade Commission in efforts to eliminate frivolous patent lawsuits, saying vague letters sent out by “patent trolls” demanding licensing fees amount to unfair and deceptive practices.
|Retailers Add 15,200 Jobs in September |
Release Date: October 22, 2013
|Cautious Consumers Trim Holiday Gift Giving Budgets (Even for Themselves), According to NRF Survey|
Release Date: October 16, 2013
According to NRF's holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and more, two percent less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year.
|NRF Calls for Immediate End to Government Shutdown|
Release Date: October 09, 2013
In a letter to congressional leaders, the National Retail Federation today called upon both Congress and the Administration to end the budget impasse and urged both political parties to immediately pass a funding bill so that federal employees and contractors can get back to work.
|Retailers Commit to Collaborate with Law Enforcement in Response to Terrorist Attack in Kenya|
Release Date: October 09, 2013
The National Retail Federation today told a congressional committee holding a hearing on the terrorist attack at a Kenyan shopping mall that the safety of employees and customers is retailers’ top concern.
|National Retail Federation to Host First-Ever Virtual Career Fair for Students, Young Professionals on Oct. 16|
Release Date: October 09, 2013
The National Retail Federation announced today it will host its first-ever Virtual Career Fair, designed to connect students and young professionals seeking entry-level careers and internships with leading retailers.
|Traditional Costumes Favorites for Adults, Children This Halloween, According to NRF|
Release Date: October 07, 2013
This Halloween there will be plenty of pumpkins, princesses, zombies and witches around town. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2013 Top Costumes Survey, adults and children will look to traditional favorites for their costumes this year.
|NRF Forecasts Marginal Sales Gains This Holiday Season|
Release Date: October 03, 2013
NRF expects sales in the months of November and December to marginally increase 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion, over 2012's actual 3.5 percent holiday season sales growth. The forecast is higher than the 10-year average holiday sales growth of 3.3 percent.
|Sephora, Poppin, One Kings Lane Among Most Admired Online Retailers, According to STORES Magazine|
Release Date: September 03, 2013
Industry insiders have spoken: Amazon.com, Modcloth.com, OneKingsLane.com, Poppin.com and Sephora.com are the most admired e-commerce retailers.
|Early Promotions Resonate with Back-to-School Shoppers, According to NRF |
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Back-to-school shopping began earlier than ever this year, and according to NRF's 2013 Back-to-School and Back-to-College Surveys conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, the average family with school-age children in grades K-12 has already completed more than half (52.1%) of its shopping, up from 40.1 percent the same time last year and the highest percent in the survey’s history.
| NRF Announces 10 Recipients of Full-Tuition “Dream BIG” Scholarships|
Release Date: August 07, 2013
The National Retail Federation, in partnership with University of Phoenix, announced today the names of 10 individuals who will receive full-tuition scholarships to fulfill their educational and professional dreams by undertaking a bachelor's or MBA program with University of Phoenix.
| Bi-Lo, lululemon athletica, H&M Among Nation’s Fastest-Growing Retailers, According to STORES’ Hot 100 Retailers List|
Release Date: August 01, 2013
The list of the fastest-growing retailers this year tells a story of consumers’ growing affinity for fast-fashion, specialty grocery items and apparel. STORES Hot 100 Retailers list, published annually in the August issue of STORES magazine, consists of retail companies that reported the greatest increase in domestic sales between 2011 and 2012.
|On the Heels of Historically High Back-to-School Season, 2013 Spending Expectations Decrease|
Release Date: July 18, 2013
A combination of pent-up demand and a growing population of school children put 2012 back-to-school spending in the history books, leaving parents in 2013 with an array of school supplies that still work, and a significantly shorter shopping list. According to NRF’s 2013 Back-to-School Survey, families with school-aged children will spend an average of $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, down from $688.62 last year.
|STORES’ 2013 Top 100 Retailers List Shows Continued Industry Growth|
Release Date: July 01, 2013
In any competitive market it takes true ingenuity to remain at the top, and for retailers, the stakes are even higher. According to STORES’ 2013 Top 100 Retailers list, nine of the top 10 retailers maintained their status from last year.
|National Retail Federation to Support Small Business Week Through Digital, Research Initiatives|
Release Date: June 17, 2013
The National Retail Federation, in support of the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, will promote retail entrepreneurship through a series of digital, social and research initiatives Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21.
|Eight in 10 Retailers Agree Organized Retail Crime Activity Has Increased in Past Three Years|
Release Date: June 06, 2013
NRF’s ninth annual Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Survey found that 93.5 percent of retailers say they have been a victim of organized retail crime in the past year, down slightly from 96.0 percent in 2012. For the past three years, more than 90 percent of the retailers surveyed have admitted to being victims of ORC.
| NRF Foundation Awards $195,000 in Scholarships to 26 College Students Pursuing Retail Careers|
Release Date: May 30, 2013
More than two dozen college students received great news this month when they learned they were chosen as a recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from the NRF Foundation’s Ray M. Greenly Scholarship fund. Each student, representing 26 schools around the country, was nominated by educators based on demonstrated academic achievements and their strong passion for retail.