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A recent Federal Reserve report shows that household finances have regained substantial ground since the Great Recession, driven largely by the run-up in home values and surge in stocks. These positive forces have contributed to the highest level of wealth in our history – the net worth of U.S. households and nonprofits reached $80.7 trillion […]

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Some might not feel so lucky that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday this year, but 55 percent of Americans won’t let a case of the Mondays stand in their way. According to NRF’s St. Patrick’s Day consumer survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, 133 million people will celebrate the Irish holiday this […]

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We can’t all be Martha Stewart when it comes to giving the perfect, personal holiday gifts to our loved ones. For example, I thought my nephew would love the jacket I bought him this year, but I think he’s already making plans to return it. It’s not the first gift to be returned, and it […]

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “Once you get back to the future, you never go back”? Me, either. Why wouldn’t you go back in time if you could? So let’s hop back into our Retail Time Machine – also known as the Retail Insight Center – and see what we can find in the […]

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Similar to the dedication and planning by families to make that ideal Thanksgiving meal, retailers spend months preparing for what is essentially a five-day shopping event – the four days of Thanksgiving weekend plus Cyber Monday. And this year, retailers made sure to beef up the trimmings. As the Super Bowl for the retail industry, all bets were off […]

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The winter holiday shopping season kicks off for millions of Americans on Thanksgiving weekend, and retailers are ready. Brands are lining up promotions in store, online, and for some, their mobile apps, meaning there will be deals aplenty for consumers this year. So how are Americans planning to shop on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and beyond? […]

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With the government shutdown and the federal budget and debt ceiling debacle temporally in the rearview mirror and the holidays fast approaching, it is a good time to take stock of the American consumer and the broader national economy. It is also a good opportunity to look ahead to the next few months.

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Speaking recently with a group about NRF’s Retail Insight Center, someone asked, “Are you telling me that the NRF Foundation built a retail time machine … on the Internet?” What a fun way to describe the site. And the way I see it, if you’re going to build a retail time machine, why not do […]

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When it comes to holiday shopping “events,” nothing is more synonymous with the retail holiday season than Black Friday, the day retailers have historically “gone into the black” because of increased shopping levels. But there’s a new player in town, and it’s giving Black Friday a run for its money: Thanksgiving Day. That’s not to […]

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It is very apparent, through polling and surveys, that Americans are feeling a bit nervous about their personal economy as a result of the dysfunction in Washington. Just as national polling during the government shutdown indicated that about a third of consumers would be changing their spending habits as a result of the shutdown, further […]

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