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Holiday retail sales forecast

Join us as we discuss the 2021 holiday sales forecast for consumer spending and shopping trends.

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NRF launches ad campaign opposing tax increases to fund reconciliation bill
“NRF created this campaign to ensure American job creators and workers understand that funding this spending bill will cost trillions of taxpayer dollars," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
 
2021 Holiday Spending Reflects Consumer Demand
Shoppers will spend an average of $997.73 on gifts, holiday items and non-gift purchases for themselves and their families this year.
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NRF President and CEO, Matthew Shay, provides insight into the supply chain issues ahead of the holiday season.

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Tell Congress: Help ease supply chain disruptions

While there is not one easy solution to these supply chain challenges, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 that was recently introduced in Congress could provide much-needed assistance as retailers and consumers head into the all-important holiday shopping season.

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Consumers plan to spend $997.73 on gifts, holiday items and other non-gift purchases this year.
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State of Retail and the Consumer 2021

NRF forecasts that retail sales during 2021 will increase to more than $4.44 trillion as more individuals continue to get vaccinated and the economy reopens.

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State-by-state look at coronavirus-related laws, executive orders, regulations and guidance governing store operations for retailers as we head toward a post-pandemic climate.

 
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NRF Foundation COVID-19 training

The NRF Foundation launched credentials in its RISE Up program in response to COVID-19. As restrictions come back, due to the variant, train employees to avoid and de‑escalate conflict.

 

Current COVID-19 resources

Coronavirus Resources for Retailers
 
Resources and information for retailers on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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September Retail Sales Grew Despite COVID-19
 
Retail sales increased in September as worries about COVID-19 pushed consumer spending to goods rather than services.
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Retail Imports Remain High, But Could Be Higher Without Port Congestion
 
Cargo imports should remain high this month but could see a dip from last year because of port congestion.
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NRF Economist: ‘Watch What Consumers Do, Not What They Say’ as Recovery Continues
 
Despite falling consumer confidence amid the recent rise in COVID-19 infections, shoppers are continuing to spend.
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August Retail Sales Rise Despite 'Trifecta of Macroeconomic Headwinds'
 
Retail sales increased August as consumer demand outweighed the pandemic, supply chain disruptions and other factors.
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Retail Imports Remain Strong But Growth Slows as COVID-19 Disruptions Continue
 
Growth in imports is slowing as pandemic-related supply chain disruptions around the world continue.
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Labor Market Will Play Increasing Role in Economic Outlook
 
Strong consumer spending has been boosted by government stimulus but will rely on job creation as stimulus subsides.
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July Retail Sales Slow Amid Tight Supply Chain but Demand Continues as Consumers Learn to ‘Live with the Virus’
 
July retail sales slowed as merchants faced supply chain disruptions and vaccinations let consumers dine out and travel.
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Retail Cargo Expected to Set Record in August
 
Retail cargo imports should hit yet another record in August as consumer demand continues to stretch supply chains.
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NRF Chief Economist Says Vaccination is ‘Key to Further Economic Recovery’
 
The economy is growing quickly but still depends on slowing the pandemic as consumers worry about new variants.
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June Retail Sales Increase as Recovery Continues
 
Retail sales saw solid growth during June as the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic continued.
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