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Five things to know: Christmas shopping trends

Five things to know: Christmas shopping trends

The winter holidays are a multibillion-dollar industry for the U.S., and the National Retail Federation’s latest data suggest 2019 is a strong year for retailers selling wintery gifts and items. Americans are set to spend about $730 billion, up about 4% from 2018. 1. You spent how much? Consumers are expected to drop an average […]

Retail survey: Halloween spending lags in 2019

Retail survey: Halloween spending lags in 2019

Halloween festivities may be able to cause consumers to jump with fright, but the spooky holiday has failed to elicit as much reaction in the retail sector this year. Spending on costumes, candy and creepy décor have largely remained flat for 2019, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual spending survey. Read the full article […]

Holy or Haunted? All Hallows Eve’s dark alter ego

Holy or Haunted? All Hallows Eve’s dark alter ego

The chances are good that you will be getting a visit this evening from Spiderman, Ironman and Elsa, from the movie “Frozen.” These are some of the most popular children’s Halloween costumes for 2019 according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF). The NRF reports that Halloween sales are expected to top […]

No love lost: Valentine’s spending up despite fewer celebrants

No love lost: Valentine’s spending up despite fewer celebrants

The number of people actually celebrating Valentine’s Day has slowly declined over the past decade to roughly 51 percent according to the National Retail Federation’s annual consumer survey. Among the younger half of adults, the decline is even more pronounced. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Five things to know: Holiday spending

Five things to know: Holiday spending

Christmas is around the corner, and the National Retail Federation (NRF) is keeping a close look at what consumers have spent and plan to spend this year in their annual 2018 Holiday Spending Survey. Here’s what you should know. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Spooky spending highlights retail growth

Spooky spending highlights retail growth

As folks prepare for the creepiest holiday of the year, the National Retail Federation has published its annual Halloween spending survey showing that billions will be spent on costumes, candy and more. The survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, found that spending this year is projected at $9 billion. Read the full article in […]

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Retailers lose tens of billions of dollars to shoplifting each year, according to the National Retail Federation, and small businesses are victims just as often as larger retailers. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassadd said she is all too familiar with shoplifting losses. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Small retailers feel pinch of debit card fees

Small retailers feel pinch of debit card fees

When customers swipe their debit card or insert it into the reader at checkout, several things happen in the blink of an eye. Information on the transaction is transferred back and forth between the merchant’s bank, the customer’s bank and a debit card processing network. Within a few seconds, the transaction is approved or denied […]

Super Bowl spending projected downward

Super Bowl spending projected downward

One of the United States’ most viewed football games of the year, and most viewed U.S. television events period, is expected to see a slight drop in viewership this year as the Atlanta Falcons face off against the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LI Feb. 5. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 […]

NRF projects big holiday spending at small businesses

NRF projects big holiday spending at small businesses

With the election season finally put to bed, the National Retail Federation has become far more optimistic about consumer holiday spending in the coming weeks. The NRF has published their Holiday Headquarters data, and while projected spending by individuals is slightly down from last year at about $935, Senior Director of Media Relations for NRF […]

Pet costumes grow in popularity

Pet costumes grow in popularity

As Halloween approaches, millions of pet owners in the U.S. are looking to dress up their furry friends in celebration of the holiday. In fact, more people are planning to dress their cats and dogs for Halloween than at any point in the last 10 years according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween report. […]

Parents shell out hundreds for back to school

Parents shell out hundreds for back to school

Back-to-school shoppers are set to spend $27.3 billion on their K-12 students nationwide according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school report, a nearly $4 billion increase over last year. In Navarre, parents can expect to spend between $55-$101 on school supplies alone for their grade schoolers plus anywhere between $10 and $40 for a […]