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By Jeff Berman · May 13, 2015
Very modest gains in retail sales remained the norm, according to data for the month of April issued today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation.
By Jeff Berman · April 8, 2015
With the months-long West Coast port labor dispute settled to a degree, it appears that the table is set for healthy annual gains at U.S-based retail container ports in April, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · March 12, 2015
Commerce reported that February retail sales at $437.0 billion were down 0.6 percent compared to January and up 1.7 percent compared to January 2014, and the NRF said that February retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, dipped 0.2 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month compared to January and increased 3 percent annually on an unadjusted basis.
By Jeff Berman · March 12, 2015
Commerce reported that February retail sales at $437.0 billion were down 0.6 percent compared to January and up 1.7 percent compared to January 2014, and the NRF said that February retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, dipped 0.2 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month compared to January and increased 3 percent annually on an unadjusted basis.
By Jeff Berman · March 10, 2015
While the months-long West Coast port labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a cease fire, with the parties coming to terms on a tentative new five-year labor contract late last month, the subsequent cargo backlog at United States West Coast ports is expected to see cargo volumes head up, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · January 14, 2015
Commerce reported that November retail sales at $442.9 billion were down 0.9 percent compared to November and up 3.2 percent compared to December 2013, and total retail sales from October through December were up 4.1 percent annually. The NRF said that December retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, were up down 0.9 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month compared to November and increased 4.6 percent annually on an unadjusted basis.
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By Jeff Berman · December 11, 2014
Commerce reported that November retail sales at $449.3 billion were up 0.7 percent compared to October and up 5.1 percent compared to November 2013, and the NRF said that November retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, were up 0.6 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month over October and increased 3.2 percent annually on an unadjusted basis.
By Jeff Berman · December 1, 2014
Early reports fall short of projections, but the final verdict is yet to come.
By Jeff Berman · December 1, 2014
While it comes as no surprise that Thanksgiving weekend is commonly viewed as the true beginning of the holiday shopping season, it appears that, perhaps, the booming shopping volumes that come along with time spent with family and friends, too much turkey and football may take a bit longer to materialize than originally anticipated.
By Jeff Berman · November 14, 2014
On the heels of a sluggish September and with the holiday shopping season officially having commenced, the retail sector received a bit of good news today, with both the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the United States Department of Commerce issuing positive retail sales data for the month of October.
By Jeff Berman · November 14, 2014
On the heels of a sluggish September and with the holiday shopping season officially having commenced, the retail sector received a bit of good news today, with both the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the United States Department of Commerce issuing positive retail sales data for the month of October.
By Jeff Berman · November 11, 2014
On the heels of record-breaking volumes in September and October, the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates expects import cargo volumes at United States-based retail container ports to slow down in November.
By Jeff Berman · October 15, 2014
With the holiday shopping set to gear up in a few weeks, it looks like the retail sector could use a seasonal spark based on declining retail sales in September, according to data issued by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
By Jeff Berman · October 8, 2014
Following 3.1% growth in 2013, holiday sales expected to reach $616.9 billion.

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