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Economy
According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales declined 0.2 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month yet were up 3 percent on an unadjusted year-over-year basis.
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Consumer Trends
Prosper Insights analyst Pam Goodfellow discusses trends in consumer spending, the challenge of connecting with Millennial shoppers and what retailers can expect during upcoming holidays.
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Economy
Despite unusal winter weather throughout the country, retail industry employment in February increased by 24,000 jobs and has increased 218,000 on a year-over-year basis as retailers and merchants again added strength in numbers to the overall economy. NRF does not include auto dealerships, restaurants or gas stations in their estimates. 
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Economy
The economy is recovering but continues to be characterized by fits and starts and highs and lows. Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz remains optimistic about overall growth for the retail industry in 2015.
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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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