National Retail Federation

Halloween spending 2021

Halloween spending soars

Consumers expected to spend an all-time high of $10.14 billion.

Help those affected by Hurricane Ida with a donation to the Red Cross as the organization brings much needed support to the affected areas during this time.


NRF NXT Webinar Series

Join us next Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET for our final NRF NXT webinar on AI for commerce featuring Neiman Marcus Group, The Yes, Publicis Groupe, Amazon Web Services and Wayfair.

Register now to receive access to all five webinars on demand until the end of October.


The List
The List 2022

The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2022 from the NRF Foundation is: Five Below, Inc. President & CEO Joel Anderson; McDonald's Corporation President & CEO Chris Kempczinski; CVS Health Executive Vice President and CVS Pharmacy President Neela Montgomery; Chewy, Inc. CEO Sumit Singh; and The RealReal Founder and CEO Julie Wainwright.

Introducing The Visionary 2022: Target CEO Brian Cornell

Target Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell will receive The Visionary award from the National Retail Federation at the NRF Foundation Honors in January.

Brian Cornell
Retail law
NRF Retail Law Resource Center

The Retail Law Resource Center is a hub for in-house retail counsel to learn strategies on guiding and advising organizations. Topics covered include employment law, COVID-19, retail litigation and opportunities to connect through committees and councils.

NRF in Washington: Advocacy update September 2021

As summer comes to an end, consumers appear willing to spend despite a tight supply chain and subsiding government stimulus programs. Congress is back in session and NRF continues to make progress on policy priorities on behalf of the retail industry.

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More than 150 businesses will have been featured by the end of 2021.
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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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Coronavirus Retail Restrictions by State

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 Delta 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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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 but Rising Wages Could Lead to More Inflation
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 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 as Merchants Move from Back-to-School to Holiday Preparations
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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NRF Responds to New CDC Mask Recommendation
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June Retail Sales Increase as Recovery Continues
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