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Learn more about the current state of retail and the role it plays in supporting the U.S. economy, including retail sales, monthly economic reports and more data from the National Retail Federation.

State of Retail & the Consumer

March 29, 2023
Free virtual event

NRF’s State of Retail & the Consumer will explore the health of the American consumer and retail industry with leaders including NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay and NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D. and more.

State of Retail and the Consumer 2023
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Explore the causes and impact of inflation on the retail industry, and see what policies could alleviate the burden on consumers and retailers.

Retail's economic impact

Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 52 million working Americans. Explore how retail impacts the U.S. economy and dive into retail stats for each state.

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Monthly Economic Review

Each month, NRF reviews the state of the U.S. economy, including consumer sentiment, employment, housing, retail sales and other leading economic indicators.

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NRF Annual Forecast

The NRF annual forecast anticipates the retail sales growth for the year in conjunction with NRF’s annual State of Retail & the Consumer event, where retail industry leaders discuss the strength of the consumer economy and the future of retail.

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Retail Sales
Monthly retail sales figures from NRF, excluding automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

More economic resources

Core Retail Sales Grew in February
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Overall retail sales dipped slightly in February, but core spending rose, NRF said.
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NRF Says Retail Sales Picked Up in January
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Retail sales bounced back strongly in January as inflation eased and income grew, NRF said.
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3 things to know about consumer spending
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NRF 2023: Insights on inflation’s impact and the outlook for 2023.
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