Tag Archives: National Retail Federation

Halloween Big for Retailers

It may not seem like it to many of us. But Americans spend a lot on Halloween shopping. Hence the comment: Halloween big for retailers. Not everyone relies on homemade costumes. Annual Mother’s Day spending is much higher at about … Continue reading

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Which Retailers Have the Most Stores in the United States?

There are various ways to determine the “top” retailers in the United States, such as based on sale volume or annual sales growth. Another way is by the total number of stores. The chart below, with data compiled by the … Continue reading

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July Fourth: A Good Holiday for Retailers

Each year, the 4th of July is a good holiday for retailers; and 2017 is expected to be no different as we honor our country. People buy flags, barbecue food, fireworks, and other items to actually use on the 4th; … Continue reading

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What’s on Your Shopping List? Part 2

Yesterday’s post focused on the popularity of gift cards during the holiday season. Today, we take a broader look at what shoppers will be buying this year. As Ana Serafin Smith reports for the National Retail Federation: “With shoppers eager to take … Continue reading

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What’s on Your Shopping List? Part 1

Today’s post focuses on the popularity of gift cards during the holiday season. These cards are easy to purchase and enable the recipients to buy what what most interests them — while also being somewhat impersonal. Based on the recent … Continue reading

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Back-to-School Retail Sales Numbers for 2016

For many retailers, back-to-school revenues represent a significant component of their annual revenues. In the United States alone, the National Federation estimates that total 2016 back-to-school revenues will exceed $27 billion. Take a look at this infographic from Statista to … Continue reading

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What Is Market Fairness with Sales Tax?

As we discussed last year, the fairness of Internet-only firms not collecting sales tax remains a hot topic. Both bricks-and-clicks firms and retailers not doing business online are at a significant price disadvantage. That is why store retailers are still … Continue reading

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