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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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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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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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History has a way of repeating itself – particularly in our nation’s capital. Picture this: Congress spends months procrastinating on crucial economic issues, pushing the debate into the holiday shopping season, when retailers – the center of our nation’s consumer-led economy – do anywhere between 20 percent and 40 percent of their annual business. Consumers […]

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NRF’s 2013 holiday forecast could be boiled down to two words: “cautiously optimistic.” Retail sales are expected to grow by 3.9 percent over 2012, a small but welcome improvement over the 10-year average of 3.3 percent. But if you’re familiar with our holiday forecast you know there’s more information than this number to digest.  Historical […]

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When it comes to gifts, regardless of the season, there’s no question that the age old saying “it’s the thought that counts” rings true. But this holiday season, it looks like gift-giving might actually be back in fashion after taking a hiatus the last few years. And from what we can see, shoppers aren’t skimping on presents […]

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Although research shows that most retailers have already begun marketing efforts for the Christmas holidays, that’s not all that’s on their minds. In case you missed it, here’s what your retail peers found valuable for the month of October: NRF information: It’s no surprise that Halloween items topped our list of most valuable NRF resources […]

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The air is crisp and there’s even snow on the ground in a few parts of the country. Fall festivals and pumpkins are just about everywhere. Yes, it’s October, which means it’s time to think about…Christmas? While retailers are already gearing up for the holiday season this month, they’re not the only ones: in fact, […]

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In a media and analyst briefing earlier today, BIGresearch’s Phil Rist and I shared ten insights of what to expect this holiday season based largely on findings from NRF’s first holiday survey. Listen in on the complete briefing, or view the top 10 below: #1: Americans aren’t ready to declare an end to the recession. […]

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