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Economy
The economy is recovering but continues to be characterized by fits and starts and highs and lows; while Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz remains optimistic about overall growth for the retail industry in 2015, recently released economic data have come in weaker than expected — puzzling, as the latter half of 2014 showed rapid growth in several areas.
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Economy
In 2015, NRF expects retail industry sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, to grow approximately 4.1 percent, with online and other non-store sales expected to increase between 7 and 10 percent. Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz looks at the factors influencing the annual retail sales forecast.
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Economy
Total retail employment increased by 215,600 jobs on a year-to-year basis, according to NRF’s calculations, which do not include automobile dealerships, gasoline stations or restaurants.
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Economy
Retail positions prove to be good jobs and provide upward mobility.
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Economy
Holiday sales, which include November and December, increased 4 percent to $616.1 billion, in line with NRF’s projected forecast of 4.1 percent growth. Online and other non-store holiday sales grew 6.8 percent to $101.9 billion.
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Economy
Healthy hiring gains in general merchandise and sporting goods stores were offset by declines in clothing and furniture stores in December. Retail employment for 2014 climbed by 176,000 jobs over the year before, according to NRF’s calculations, which do not include automobile dealerships, gasoline stations or restaurants.
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Economy
Discounting throughout the month shifted consumer spending behavior.
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Economy
Consistent with seasonal hiring patterns, employment gains were seen in most retail categories, including a marked increase of 11,300 jobs in clothing and clothing accessories stores.
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Public Policy
NRF told Congress retailers still want comprehensive tax reform but that a tax bill passed by the House will help with the cost of remodeling and hiring veterans and welfare recipients in the meantime.
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Retail Trends
President and CEO Matthew Shay outlines the economic and consumer spending changes influencing shifts in Black Friday shopping, and explains why he's highly optimistic that we'll see NRF's forecasted 4.1 percent growth.
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