| Jul 29, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Anyone who has been to their local Target or Wal-Mart lately knows that back-to-school shopping season has begun. Just as with the holiday shopping season, the $75 billion industry that is back-to-school and college has crept up on the calendar....
| Jul 29, 2014
| 1:10 PM
McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions with its franchisees who operate roughly 90 percent of its restaurants, according to the National Labor Relations Board.
The decision, discussed Tuesday with McDonald’s and parties, is...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 4:16 AM
The National Retail Federation named Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., as its Legislators of the Year.
The awards presentation was made during the Retail Advocates Summit, according to a news release.
“We thank Sen. Warner...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 9:47 AM
Families expect to spend more on school items than they did last year, even though more than 80 percent say the tough economy still impacts their spending decisions, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school survey....
| Jul 9, 2014
| 11:30 AM
Retailers are rushing goods into the nation's ports, fearful labor strife may arrive on the docks and affect the busy holiday season, a trade group said.
The powerful longshoremen’s union is negotiating a new contract for its nearly 20,000...
| May 3, 2014
| 3:05 PM
We've got some bad news as your big day of the year approaches.
The typical American will spend $162.94 on mom this year for Mother's Day, down 3.6 percent from 2013, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation.
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Dads, our numbers are in, and I have to say, they're not looking good.
For 2014, the National Retail Federation finds that the average spending on Father's Day gifts will be $113.80, a drop of more than $6 from last year. Even more disturbing is the fact...
| Jun 13, 2014
Organized retail crime — not just your run-of-the-mill-shoplifter — has hit almost every store in the past year, experts say.
Nearly 90 percent of retailers have been victims of organized retail crime, the National Retail Federation found in...
| May 29, 2014
| 4:39 PM
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend."
—Polonius giving fatherly advice to his son Laertes in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
It's "dads and grads" season, which, besides being retailers' rhyming...
| May 7, 2014
| 9:13 PM
Mother's Day, like motherhood itself, is fraught with peril. There are so many ways to get it wrong, so many opportunities to disappoint and be disappointed.
Those who bristle at all the gaudy consumerism often invoke such platitudes as "Every day...
| May 9, 2014
| 6:13 AM
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, splitting with party leaders and some top business groups on what's expected to a major issue in this year's midterm elections.