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April Retail Sales Drop Nearly Twice as Much as March During Coronavirus Pandemic

Retail sales dropped almost twice as much during April as they did in March as the nation’s economy saw its first full month when most businesses were closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the…
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NRF Says Coronavirus Impact on Imports to be Bigger Than Previously Expected

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to have a longer and larger impact on imports at major U.S. retail container ports than previously believed as factory shutdowns and travel restrictions in China…
Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping Set Records
Almost 190 million people shopped online or in store between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday

2019 Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping Sets Records

Whether a growing economy or a late holiday weekend, Thanksgiving shopping set a record this year with 189.6 million U.S. consumers shopping from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, an increase of…
U.S. Mexico Tariffs
President Trump has called off the Mexico tariff threat for now.

President Trump Calls Off Tariffs on Mexico

Late Friday, President Trump rescinded the 5 percent tariffs that he had threatened to impose on goods coming in from Mexico that were expected to go into effect today, June 10. “The Tariffs…
Tariffs have increased to 25% on Chinese imported goods.
President Trump has increased tariffs on Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent.

UPDATE: 25% Tariffs Go Into Effect on Chinese Goods

UPDATE: The United States has escalated the trade war with China with the implementation of a tariff increase from 10% to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods, effective at 12:01 AM on Friday, May 10…
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4 Retail Industry Podcasts to Check Out

For the busy showroom owner who wants to stay in the know about the state of the retail industry, podcasts are the perfect option, offering the ability to learn something new while on the go or when…
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Tariff Increases Are On Hold: What you Need to Know

The 25-percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese imports, scheduled to go into effect this Saturday, was delayed on Sunday. President Trump announced via Twitter that talks between the U.S. and China…
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IKEA U.S. President Lars Peterson spoke on how diversity and inclusion initiatives have been good for business and retaining talent.

Retail Voices

Just two years ago, industry headlines were rife with store closings, bankruptcies, mass layoffs and even media reports of zombie retailers. “I would say that retail is back, but that would be wrong…
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How to Woo Value Shoppers

Who doesn’t love a good deal? Very few people, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Consumer View quarterly survey. For the fall 2018 edition, the NRF surveyed more than 3,000 U.S.…
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Holiday Sales Miss Expectations: What the Latest Numbers Mean for Retailers and Designers

The U.S. Census Bureau released some startling numbers on the recent holiday season shopping numbers, and they didn't provide a lot of optimism for economists and the stock market. The bureau found…