From fiscal policy to back-to-school and holidays, NRF drives conversations on the American consumer and the role of our industry in economic growth and job creation.


A Resilient Yet Cautious Consumer

NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay described the 2013 economy as an “either/or” economy – consumers remained cautious and thoughtful, choosing to purchase big-ticket items or discretionary items, but not both.

NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay described the 2013 economy as an “either/or” economy – consumers remained cautious and thoughtful, choosing to purchase big-ticket items or discretionary items, but not both.


Retail and the Consumer

NRF’s retail industry forecasts and consumer spending surveys are indicators of economic vitality, snapshots of consumer confidence, and provide insight for retailers throughout the year.

NRF’s retail industry forecasts and consumer spending surveys are indicators of economic vitality, snapshots of consumer confidence, and provide insight for retailers throughout the year.


OTHER CONSUMER SPENDING HOLIDAYS AT A GLANCE

Retail: An Economic Heavyweight

In August, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay represented the retail industry at Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing Summit. His message: Retailers are engaged and ready to partner with manufacturers for the renewal of American made goods.

In August, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay represented the retail industry at Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing Summit. His message: Retailers are engaged and ready to partner with manufacturers for the renewal of American made goods.


Sounding Off During the Government Shutdown

NRF’s print and digital advertisements urged The White House and Congress to get back to work and end the government shutdown that was impacting the retail industry. View the full-size ad (PDF).

NRF’s print and digital advertisements urged The White House and Congress to get back to work and end the government shutdown that was impacting the retail industry. View the full-size ad (PDF).


Retail is Committed to Communities

Retail business owners and employees share their thoughts on the community impact retail business has in their towns, and the effect policymakers’ decisions have on the local economy back home.
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Retail business owners and employees share their thoughts on the community impact retail business has in their towns, and the effect policymakers’ decisions have on the local economy back home.
Watch on YouTube ▶