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National Retail Federation: B-T-S Spending to Grow This Year

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National Retail Federation: B-T-S Spending to Grow This Year

So how's your back-to-school sales of beauty products going? Are your lice-prevention haircare products selling well? There are still B-T-S dollars out there.

The average person with a child in elementary, middle or high school will spend $688.62 this B-T-S season, reports the National Retail Federation's 2012 back-to-school spending survey conducted by BIGinsight. That's up from $603.63 last season.

Social-Media, Mobile Shopping Becoming the Norm

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Shoppers’ use of Pinterest to connect to retailers has exceeded both their Facebook and Twitter use, according to the 2012 “Social and Mobile Commerce Study”—a joint research project by the National Retail Federation’s division, digital business-analytics firm comScore and global-strategy and management consulting firm T

NRF Addresses Mobile-Payment Regulation

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The National Retail Federation has urged the Federal Trade Commission to move cautiously in establishing regulations for mobile payments, and said any rules that are adopted should parallel those for the underlying form of payment and not be specific to the technology.

NRF Announces Retail Video Contest Finalists

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The National Retail Federation has announced the top 10 finalists of its “This is Retail” video contest, which were determined after a week of public voting through NRF’s Retail Means Jobs website. More than 245,000 votes were cast for the Top 20 finalists between April 3 and April 8.

Americans To Save Their Tax Refunds

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More Americans intend to save—rather than spend—their federal tax refunds this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s “Tax Returns Consumer Survey” conducted by consumer-intelligence firm BIGinsight.

Two-thirds of taxpayers are expecting a refund this year—the exact same as last year. Nearly 44% of them are expected to stash away some of their refund in savings—the most in the survey’s nine-year history (and up 2% from last year).

Retail Sales Get a Boost in January

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January retail-industry sales—excluding automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants—increased 0.9% from December and 4% over last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

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