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Retail Sales Increased 0.6% in November

Holiday shoppers took advantage of deep discounting and early sales to lift retail spending in November, says the National Retail Federation. Not including automobiles, gasoline stations or restaurants, retail sales increased 0.6% seasonally-adjusted over October and 3.2% unadjusted over November 2013. Gains were consistent with NRF’s holiday sales forecast, which anticipates an increase of 4.1% over last year.

Retailers Prepare for Surge in Online Shopping

Retailers are assertively preparing their shipping operations to avoid delivery and service issues this year, according to Shop.org’s eHoliday survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, which found that nearly 80% of retailers surveyed will set their standard shipping deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery to expire at least one week before the big day, compared to just over 73% who said so last holiday season. Additionally, roughly 21% will set those deadlines to expire Dec.

NRF Launches Small Business Retail Council

The National Retail Federation has announced the formation of the Small Business Retail Council to organize, recruit and engage main street merchants and independent community retailers in grassroots advocacy activities. The council will represent and be responsive to the needs, concerns and interests of local shops, and provide the association’s small business members a forum to discuss the most pressing public policy issues and priorities.