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National Retail Federation Forecasts 3.4% Increase in Retail Sales for 2013

National Retail Federation Forecasts 3.4% Increase in Retail Sales for 2013

General retail-industry sales will increase 3.4%, according to the National Retail Federation’s recently released 2013 economic forecast. The projection follows the recent 3% growth seen in holiday sales, as well as the NRF’s preliminary projection of 4.2% growth seen in 2012.

Online sales are expected to grow between 9% and 12%—possibly just above the 11.1% growth seen in online sales this past November and December—according to Shop.org, NRF’s digital division.

Walmart Executive to Keynote Retail’s BIG Show 2013 in January

Walmart Executive to Keynote Retail’s BIG Show 2013 in January

Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., will keynote Retail’s BIG Show on Jan. 13-16, 2013, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“A Job to Do: Retail’s Role in an American Renewal” is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.

Shop.org: Online Retailers to Ramp Up Free Shipping, Promotions for the Holidays

Shop.org: Online Retailers to Ramp Up Free Shipping, Promotions for the Holidays

Online retailers are intensifying their efforts to attract eager shoppers with free shipping deals and other exclusive online promotions. More than 61% of online retailers started their online holiday-marketing promotions by Halloween, according to Shop.org’s eHoliday survey conducted by BIGinsight. More than 38% will begin marketing their online promotions by mid-November or later.

NRF: Shoppers to Remain Conservative With 2012 Holiday Gift Budgets

National Retail Federation's 2012 Holiday Consumer Spending Survey

Consumers are preparing for a holly, jolly holiday season, although it’s evident that most will take a conservative approach with their gift-giving budgets. The average holiday shopper will spend $749.51 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and more, according to the National Retail Federation's holiday consumer-spending survey conducted by BIGinsight.

That's up slightly from the $740.57 that the average holiday shopper actually spent last year.

NRF Expects Solid Growth This Holiday Season

The National Retail Federation has released its forecast for this year's holiday sales: an increase of 4.1%—higher than the 10-year average holiday-sales increase of 3.5%. “This is the most optimistic forecast NRF has released since the recession," says NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. "In spite of the uncertainties that exist in our economy and among consumers, we believe we’ll see solid holiday-sales growth this year.

National Retail Federation: B-T-S Spending to Grow This Year

National Retail Federation: B-T-S Spending to Grow This Year

So how's your back-to-school sales of beauty products going? Are your lice-prevention haircare products selling well? There are still B-T-S dollars out there.

The average person with a child in elementary, middle or high school will spend $688.62 this B-T-S season, reports the National Retail Federation's 2012 back-to-school spending survey conducted by BIGinsight. That's up from $603.63 last season.