Matthew Shay

Retailers Boost Employment During 2013 Holiday Season

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Retailers Boost Employment During 2013 Holiday Season

Retailers helped boost employment gains over the 2013 holiday season. More specifically, retail-industry job gains posted at 49,200 over November and 328,600 year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation.

“The nation’s retailers continued to add to their payrolls in December even in the midst of the condensed holiday shopping season,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Retailers and merchants—especially those operating clothing and general-merchandise stores—increased hiring, which may indicate a solid holiday sales season.”

NRF Forecasts Modest Sales Gains This Holiday Season

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NRF Forecasts Modest Sales Gains This Holiday Season

Sales in November and December are expected to increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. The forecast is over 2012’s actual 3.5% holiday season sales growth and higher than the 10-year average holiday-sales growth of 3.3%.

“Our forecast is a realistic look at where we are right now in this economy—balancing continued uncertainty in Washington and an economy that has been teetering on incremental growth for years,” says NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay.

How Consumers Plan to Pamper Mom This Mother’s Day

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How Consumers Plan to Pamper Mom This Mother’s Day

May 12, Mother's Day, is almost here! Consumers will spend an average of $168.94 on mom this year, up 11% from last year’s $152.52, and total holiday spending is expected to reach $20.7 billion. That's according to the National Retail Federation's Mother’s Day spending survey conducted by BIGinsight.

NRF Debuts "This is Retail: Careers, Community, Innovation" Campaign

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NRF Debuts "This is Retail: Careers, Community, Innovation" Campaign

The National Retail Federation has announced a new initiative to broaden and enhance perceptions of the retail industry beyond providing consumers with great products. Its "This is Retail: Careers, Community, Innovation" campaign will highlight the industry’s opportunities for lifelong careers, how retailers strengthen communities at home and abroad, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.

Hey, Don't Forget Beauty Gift Cards This Holiday Season!

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Hey, Don't Forget Beauty Gift Cards This Holiday Season!

More than eight out of 10 shoppers will purchase at least one gift card, and nearly six in 10 want to receive one, according to the National Retail Federation 2012 Holiday Consumer Spending Survey conducted by BIGinsight.

Survey results you can use in your beauty business this holiday season:

Shoppers will spend an average of $156.86 on gift cards—the highest amount in the survey’s 10-year history.

They'll spend an average of $43.75 on each card they buy.

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