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Economy
NRF calculates that April retail sales – excluding autos, gas and restaurants – were essentially unchanged from March but up 1.9% from the same time last year.
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Economy
Retail industry employment increased by 9,200 jobs in April, the National Retail Federation said today. Total retail employment increased by 209,700 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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Consumer Trends
The youngest U.S. homeowners approach home improvement and decorating differently than their parents. Retailers like Urban Outfitters, The Home Depot, Macy's and Lowe's are finding unique ways to engage Millennial consumers.
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Economy
Lower energy costs, rising home equity, job and income gains and increased buying power from the stronger U.S. dollar will all continue to positively contribute to greater consumer spending ability — a key factor for further economic gains.
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Public Policy
Trade policies that bring America into the 21st Century do more than keep the United States competitive in the global marketplace. They support the research and development, distribution, transportation, merchandising and host of other careers supported by imports and exports.
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Economy
The American Community Survey, a rolling survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, provides the nation’s only source of comparable, consistent and timely demographic and socioeconomic data and information on U.S. communities.  
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Economy
March's job report was weaker than many expected, however, retail industry employment in March held strong with an addition of 23,100 jobs for the month; year-over-year gains topped 231,000. Retailers have added an average of 23,000 jobs a month since the beginning of 2015.
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Economy
Late winter and early spring weather patterns look similar to last year. But this season's economic factors are substantially different and provide a stronger foundation for consumer spending in the months ahead.
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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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