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Economy
At NRF we use a sophisticated data-driven model as the starting point for our retail sales and employment projections, and while we try to be as careful, serious and scientific as possible, it is a mixture of art and science.
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Economy
Incoming data point to a better second quarter of economic activity and should be able to overcome current Brexit-related speed bumps.
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Economy
The direct effects and the exposure of the U.S. economy to China are rather limited.
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Economy
Holiday sales so far are lower than expected, but the reason is lower prices, not less demand for merchandise.
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Economy
Balancing sales and inventory plans is truly an intricate job as retailers respond to an ever-changing, often uncontrollable market influenced by competition, weather, demographics, fashion, tastes and anytime-anywhere spending by consumers. 
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Economy
How consumer intentions to spend on electronics like iPhones and tablets could impact holiday sales.
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Economy
JOLTS — the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey — is an effective measure of employer and employee confidence in the economy.
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Economy
A confluence of events – including treacherous weather through most of the winter, West Coast port disruptions, a stronger U.S. dollar, weak foreign growth and declines in energy sector investments – all significantly impacted retail sales so far this year, and have changed how future sales will shape up for the rest of the year.
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Economy
After a weak first quarter, the economy found its footing this spring and is expected to continue its rebound.
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Economy
NRF’s chief economist looks at the dollar’s rising value and how it affects consumers, businesses and policymakers.
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