Latest National Retail Federation News

Businesses react to ruling against Biden vaccine mandate

Jan. 15, 2022 11:18 AM EST

For companies that were waiting to hear from the U.S. Supreme Court before deciding whether to require vaccinations or regular coronavirus testing for workers, the next move is up to them. Many large corporations were silent on Thursday's ruling by the high court to block a...

December retail sales slip after a record holiday season

Jan. 14, 2022 13:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans overlooked shortages, spiking prices and uncertainty over the omicron variant to break spending records during the critical holiday shopping season. But figures released Friday show that after spending robustly early in the holiday season, consumers sharply slowed their...

Despite supply issues and omicron, holiday sales rise 8.5%

Dec. 26, 2021 16:40 PM EST

Holiday sales rose at the fastest pace in 17 years, even as shoppers grappled with higher prices, product shortages and a raging new COVID-19 variant in the last few weeks of the season, according to one spending measure. Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks all kinds of payments...

Cyber Monday caps holiday shopping weekend as virus lingers

Nov. 29, 2021 19:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are spending freely and going back to store shopping, knocking out some of the momentum in online sales from last year when Americans were making many of their purchases exclusively via the internet. Shopper traffic roared back on Black Friday,...

Target to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving for good

Nov. 22, 2021 14:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Target will no longer open its stores on Thanksgiving Day, making permanent a shift to the unofficial start of the holiday season that was suspended during the pandemic. To limit crowds in stores, retailers last year were forced to turn what had become...

Rising retail thefts in Connecticut mimic broader US trend

Nov. 14, 2021 14:07 PM EST

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Recent instances of retail thefts at Connecticut stores are reflecting a nationwide trend. Several stores in Southington and Oxford were hit recently by thieves who walked out with hundreds or even thousands of dollars in goods and threatened...

Retail trade group: holiday sales could set new record

Oct. 27, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, expects that holiday sales gain could shatter last year's record-breaking season even as a snarled global supply chain slows the flow of goods and results in higher prices for a broad range of items....