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Monthly Economic Review

Economic Indicators

Will the Year of the Goat be lucky for retail?
Marketing
Digital marketing budget

NRF CMO Council's research of retail CMOs reveals how companies are attempting to pinpoint exactly how online channels boost in-store sales. 

Press Release

Americans Planning to Save, Not Splurge, with Tax Refunds This Year, According to NRF Survey

Half of those expecting a refund plan to save.

Press Release

Retailers Welcome West Coast Port Contract Agreement

Congestion, slowdowns and suspensions impacted entire supply chain.
Public Policy
Health Care Reform Image

The Affordable Care Act's employer mandate defines full time as 30 hours a week, and requires most employers to provide health insurance to full-time workers. Changing the definition of full-time to 40 hours would restore some common sense to the controversial law.

Technology

Retail CIO Download Agenda 2015: Secure and Innovate

A look at retail CIOs' most important challenges and opportunities for 2015.
Consumer Trends
Consumers are spending slightly more, but remain cautious.
Economy
Retailers retained and added to staffs following the holiday season.
Marketing

NRF CMO Study: Balancing Digital and Traditional Media to Drive In-Store Sales

Inaugural members-only report from the NRF CMO Council.
Public Policy
NRF's open letter to President Obama appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
Consumer Trends

The post-recession consumer

How men's and women's shopping habits have changed since 2009.
Online
SORO 2015

The State of Retailing Online 2015: Key Metrics, Initiatives and Mobile Benchmarks

How retailers' key digital commerce metrics fared in 2014 and the key initiatives they're prioritizing in 2015.

Economy
The latest numbers support a cautiously optimistic outlook.
Chain Restaurants
The introduction of the RFS Reform Act is a giant first step toward repeal.
Merchandising
Chief merchants are focused on creating remarkable experiences for customers with increasingly high expectations.
Economy
The factors that influence NRF's annual retail sales forecast.