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Retailers Urge Expedited Contract Negotiations at West Coast Ports
Release Date: April 14, 2014

The National Retail Federation today urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer. NRF believes expedited negotiations would strengthen the supply chain and provide shippers and retailers the certainty they need to utilize the West Coast ports during the holiday shipping period, which begins in July.

Holiday Retail Sales Come in at NRF Expectations
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Severe winter weather did not dampen December retail sales as shoppers took advantage of heavy promotions and last-minute deals. According to the National Retail Federation – the world’s largest retail trade association – December retail sales, which excludes automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month, and 4.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Eight in 10 Retailers to End Standard Shipping Deadlines Before December 20, According to Shop.org
Release Date: December 18, 2013

According to Shop.org’s eHoliday survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 84.2 percent of retailers say their standard shipping deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery will expire prior to Friday, December 20.

Half of Holiday Shoppers Plan to Wrap Up Lists Online, Highest in NRF’s Survey History
Release Date: December 16, 2013

In what is turning out to be a holiday season like no other, it is evident that consumers are ready to wrap up their shopping lists before it’s too late. According to NRF’s latest holiday survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, nearly half (49.9%) of holiday shoppers indicate they plan to do the remainder of their holiday shopping online, the highest percent in the survey’s 11-year history.

With Clock Ticking, Retailers and Consumers Prepare for a Very Big Holiday Shopping Weekend
Release Date: December 13, 2013

According to the National Retail Federation’s latest holiday survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, as of December 9, the average holiday shopper had completed half (49.9%) of their shopping, slightly less than the 56.5 percent they’d completed by this time last year.

Shortened Calendar and Promotions Spur November Retail Sales
Release Date: December 12, 2013

The shortened holiday shopping season spurred consumer spending in November, as Americans took advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to make holiday purchases. According to the National Retail Federation – the world’s largest retail trade association – November retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month, and 3.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year. Today’s report is consistent with NRF’s holiday sales forecast of 3.9 percent growth.

Retailers Estimate Holiday Return Fraud Will Cost Them $3.4 Billion, According to NRF Survey
Release Date: December 06, 2013

Americans Gobbled Up Retailers’ Thanksgiving Weekend Deals, According to NRF
Release Date: December 01, 2013

More than 141 million unique shoppers have already or will have shopped by the end of the big Thanksgiving weekend, up from 139 million over the same time frame last year.

More than 131 Million Holiday Shoppers to Shop Online on Cyber Monday
Release Date: December 01, 2013

Although 141 million Americans took advantage of retailers’ holiday deals over Thanksgiving weekend, one of the biggest promotional events of the year is still to come. According to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics over the weekend, more than 131 million (54.8%) shoppers plan to go online for Cyber Monday, up from the 129 million who participated last year.

Santa To Deliver Game Systems, iPads To Children This Year, According to NRF Survey
Release Date: November 21, 2013

Classic toys like LEGO and Barbie are still popular with children, but nontraditional items are finding a way onto children’s wish lists this year, according to NRF’s 2013 Top Toys survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics

Hot Holiday Deals Will Drive 140 Million Shoppers Online, to Stores Thanksgiving Weekend
Release Date: November 15, 2013

For the first time since 2002, Thanksgiving falls as late as the calendar possibly allows it to, but eager holiday shoppers are already mapping their shopping strategies for the big weekend. According to a preliminary Thanksgiving weekend shopping survey, up to 140 million people plan to or will shop over the weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), a slight decrease from the 147 million who planned to do so last year.* For the first time, NRF asked if people plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day: of those who plan to shop that weekend, nearly one-quarter (23.5%) plan to on Thanksgiving Day, or 33 million shoppers.

Gift Card Spending Reaches All-Time High, According to NRF Survey
Release Date: November 13, 2013

It’s personal, it’s practical, and it comes with a price tag that matches anyone’s budget – it’s a gift card, and this season 8 in 10 (80.6%) shoppers will look to add these small gift items to their baskets. According to NRF’s Gift Card Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, holiday shoppers will spend an average of $163.16 on gift cards, up 4.0 percent over the $156.86 they spent last year and the highest amount in the survey’s 11-year history. Total spending on gift cards will reach $29.8 billion

Americans Making Progress with Gift Lists, According to NRF
Release Date: November 12, 2013

Early October holiday promotions struck a chord with millions of Americans as 53.8 percent of shoppers say they have already started holiday shopping, according to the National Retail Federation’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Specifically, just 46.2 percent say they have yet to start, the smallest percent in the survey’s history.

Retail Imports Grew in October Despite Government Shutdown, But Cargo Was Ordered Before Congress Reached Impasse
Release Date: November 12, 2013

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports grew 6.5 percent in October over the same month last year despite the government shutdown, and year-over-year increases are expected to continue for the remainder of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

Cautious Consumers Trim Holiday Gift Giving Budgets (Even for Themselves), According to NRF Survey
Release Date: October 16, 2013

According to NRF's holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and more, two percent less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year.

Free-Shipping Offers Abound This Holiday Season, According to Shop.org
Release Date: October 16, 2013

Bargain hunters take note: free-shipping offers will not be hard to find this holiday season. According to Shop.org’s eHoliday survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 16.3 percent of retailers will offer their first holiday free shipping offer by the week of October 28; more than one-third (34.9%) say they already offer year-round free shipping, compared to 23.1 percent last year. Additionally, more than half (51.2%) of online retailers surveyed plan to start their online holiday marketing promotions by Halloween.

NRF Forecasts Marginal Sales Gains This Holiday Season
Release Date: October 03, 2013

NRF expects sales in the months of November and December to marginally increase 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion, over 2012's actual 3.5 percent holiday season sales growth. The forecast is higher than the 10-year average holiday sales growth of 3.3 percent.

Holiday Retail Sales Up 3.0 Percent to $579.8 Billion
Release Date: January 15, 2013

Solid consumer spending in the month of December helped retailers finish the year with a healthy holiday shopping season, however economic uncertainties sent a cautious consumer to the stores. According to the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, December retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.8 percent seasonally adjusted from November and increased 2.1 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Americans Making Good Progress on Holiday Shopping Lists
Release Date: December 13, 2012

According to NRF’s latest holiday survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average person has completed 56.5 percent of their shopping, up from the 46.5 percent this time last year and the highest percentage in the survey’s 10-year history.

Retailers Planning Last Minute Shipping Rush This Holiday Season, According to Shop.org
Release Date: December 12, 2012

Though millions of holiday packages are crossing the country right now en route to their intended doorsteps, many Americans may choose to wait until the last minute to finish their holiday shopping. In 2010 and 2011 the average person still had half of their shopping lists to complete as of mid-December.



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