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Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?

...Apple Pay. That's only 5.5 percent of the 3.6 million retail locations in the U.S., according to the National Retail Federation. The biggest U.S. retailers, including Wal-Mart and Best Buy, are not participating in Apple Pay...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-13/will-apples-digital-wallet
Back-to-school shoppers take note: Pay no tax this weekend

...list.The potential savings, she said, were "worth the wait, worth the lines and worth the hassle."The National Retail Federation has projected that combined sales from back-to-school and back-to-college shopping will generate nearly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-08-01/back-school
Shoppers getting jump-start on back-to-school purchases

...remain relatively flat from last year, dipping slightly from $26.7 billion to $26.5 billion in 2014. The National Retail Federation, which surveyed nearly 6,200 consumers, attributed the drop to households containing slightly fewer students...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-07-25/shoppers-ge
Father's Day shopping to pick up over weekend

...both departments, but she expected the biggest push to come this weekend.According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, shoppers this year are expected to spend an average $113.80 on gifts for dad, which is down slightly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-06-11/fathers-day
Mother's Day shopping more practical

...approach this year and opt instead for greeting cards, flowers, apparel and accessories, according to the National Retail Federation.Electronic purchases are expected to comprise a small percentage, about $1.7 billion, of the total...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-05-09/mothers-day
U.S. appeals court upholds Fed's cap on 'swipe' fees

...bigger customer volume. The fees were typically based on a percentage of the purchase price.In addition to the National Retail Federation, the suit against the Fed was brought by the National Association of Convenience Stores; the National Restaurant...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-21/us-appeals-court-upholds-f
Local small business owners avoid taking credit cards, extra fees

...them another dollar," Capps said of his customers. "I would have to go up on my prices."According to the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association, credit card swipe fees have tripled in the past decade, now...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-03-14/local-small
Minimum wage, minimal results

...duties to remaining employees."It's simple math: If the cost of hiring goes up, hiring goes down," National Retail Federation President Matthew Shay said.Eventually, companies simply would pass along the increased costs to consumers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-03-02/minimum-wage-minimal-
Valentine's Day sales in Augusta not frozen by looming winter storm

...top the list as the most popular Valentine's Day purchases this year, according to a holiday survey by the National Retail Federation.The federation predicts, on average, that shoppers will spend about $133.91 on presents, with men spending...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-02-11/valentines-
Congress lets 55 tax breaks expire at year end, adding uncertainty for individuals, businesses

...ridiculous way to run our tax system," said Rachelle Bernstein, the vice president and tax counsel for the National Retail Federation. "It's impossible to plan when every year this happens, but yet business has gotten used to that...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-30/congress-lets-55-tax-break