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NRF announced that Executive Director of the NRF Foundation Adam Lukoskie has been promoted to also serve as senior vice president of NRF.
| Retail Sales
Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows retail sales continued to increase in March as tax refunds and job growth put more money in shoppers’ pockets, NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said.
| Retail Sales
Retail sales grew at a steady pace in March, according to the CNBC/NRF Retail Monitor, powered by Affinity Solutions, released by NRF.
NRF announced the promotion of David French from senior vice president to executive vice president of government relations and executive director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants. Since joining NRF in 2011, French has led the organization’s advocacy strategy to advance the retail industry’s legislative priorities.
| Port Tracker
Next month’s inbound cargo volume at the nation’s major container ports is expected to top 2 million units for the first time since last fall as imports grow despite new supply chain challenges, according to the Global Port Tracker report from NRF and Hackett Associates.
| Trade
The following statement is on behalf of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the United States Fashion Industry Association in response to today’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security regarding new enforcement actions to crack down on allegations of illicit textile trade.
| Global
The National Retail Federation today announced the 2024 Top 50 Global Retailers. Conducted by Kantar, the 2024 list ranks international retailers, based on their operational performance as of the beginning of 2023. 
| Small Business
The National Retail Federation today announced that the 2024 America’s Retail Champions program is now open for nominations. Now in its seventh year, America’s Retail Champions honors small retailers from across the country who speak out on public policy debates affecting the retail industry at the national, state and local levels.
| Economic Review
Despite expectations for slower growth of both gross domestic product and retail sales, NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz says the economy should continue to do well the remainder of this year.
The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel Stephanie Martz following the announcement that a $30 billion settlement had been reached between U.S. merchants and Visa and Mastercard.