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Lackluster consumer, business spending may slow US growth in final months of 2014

...market and falling gas prices, economists say American households are ready to shed any lingering caution. The National Retail Federation, a trade group, is forecasting that holiday sales will rise 4.1 percent from last year. That would be...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-26/lackluster-consumer-busine
Syrian Electronic Army hacks Gigya Web site

...up briefly on some retail sites just as they prepared for the biggest shopping day of the year on Friday. The National Retail Federation did not immediately comment Thursday.Still, the issue appeared to be resolved quickly.The hackers rerouted...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-27/syrian-electronic-army-hac
US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October

...in part to solid gains in employment and falling gas prices, which give people more to spend elsewhere.The National Retail Federation, a trade group, is forecasting that holiday sales will rise 4.1 percent this year, compared with 2013...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-26/us-consumer-spending-02-pe
US retail sales rise at modest pace in October as greater hiring, cheaper gas boost spending

...at electronics stores plunged after a big gain the previous month, when the newest iPhone went on sale.The National Retail Federation, a trade group, has forecast that holiday sales ? defined as retail sales in November and December ? will...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-14/us-retail-sales-rise-modes
Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals

...for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for about 20 percent of retail industry's annual sales. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, forecasts a 4.1 percent sales increase to $616.9 billion...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-30/wal-mart-tests-matching-pr
Retail skirmish blocks Apple Pay at checkout line

...future ubiquity of mobile payments is certain."Mallory Duncan, general counsel of retail lobbying group The National Retail Federation, defends retailers' choice."It is easy to second guess why a specific retailer chooses one technology...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-28/retail-skirmish-blocks-app
Amazon gives a disappointing holiday revenue forecast, shares fall

...make a chunk of their annual profit, about 20 percent, during the November and December period. Overall, the National Retail Federation expects sales during the period to be up 4 percent to $617 billion.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the company...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-23/amazon-gives-disappointing
Wal-Mart to offer free shipping on top holiday items

...for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for about 20 percent of retail industry's annual sales. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, forecasts a 4.1 percent sales increase to $616.9 billion...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-31/wal-mart-offer-free-shippi
Halloween shoppers hit Augusta-area stores

...merchandise there is not restocked after selling out."This is normally our Black Friday," Haley said.The National Retail Federation predicts that a record number of Halloween participants will purchase costumes this year.According to an...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-10-17/halloween-s
Obama announces plan to tighten security for debit cards used for federal benefits

...which can only be effective if merchants have the technology to accept the cards at the point of sale."The National Retail Federation's president, Matthew Shay, said the group "continues to work with our members and other stakeholders...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-17/obama-announces-plan-tight