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March 8, 2019 | Port Tracker, Supply Chain, Trade
Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to drop to their lowest level in almost a year this month, according to the Global Port Tracker report from NRF and Hackett Associates.
March 8, 2019 | Economy, Workforce
Retail industry employment in February was down 6,100 jobs from January and 5,300 jobs year-over-year as employment growth across all industries slowed dramatically.
February 28, 2019 | Trade
NRF issued a statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French calling on Congress to pass legislation that would require an exclusion process for the Trump administration's tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.
February 24, 2019 | Trade
The National Retail Federation issued a supportive statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay after the administration delayed a tariff increase on Chinese goods set to take effect this week.
February 14, 2019 | Consumer Trends, Holidays & Seasonal, Winter Holidays, Economy, Retail Sales, Forecasts, Holiday Forecast, Annual Forecast, Holiday Planning Playbook
Holiday retail sales during 2018 grew a lower-than-expected 2.9 percent over the same period in 2017 to $707.5 billion, NRF said after the Commerce Department released data that had been delayed by nearly a month because of the recent government shutdown.
February 11, 2019 | Port Tracker, Economy, Trade, Supply Chain
Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports have dipped since peaks seen last fall but remain at higher-than-usual levels as a possible increase in tariffs on goods from China approaches in March, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from NRF and Hackett Associates.
February 5, 2019 | Trade
NRF issued a statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay following President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address.
February 5, 2019 | Economy, Retail Sales
NRF's annual forecast projects that retail sales during 2019 will increase between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent to more than $3.8 trillion despite threats from an ongoing trade war, the volatile stock market and the effects of the government shutdown.
February 1, 2019 | Economy, Workforce
Retail employment in January was down by 15,100 jobs from a year earlier but increased 14,800 jobs adjusted from December, according to NRF. The retail numbers, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, came as the nation added 304,000 jobs overall compared with December.
January 30, 2019 | Valentine's Day, Consumer Trends
Americans are expected to spend a record amount on Valentine’s Day this year despite a years-long decrease in the percentage of people celebrating the holiday.