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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

...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
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...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-03-14/local-small
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...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-02-11/valentines-
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
Your Money: Enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank

...the new year in debt. But not to worry, you can make this year debt-free by creating a holiday budget.The National Retail Federation is finding that most consumers will be conservative on their holiday spending this year, forecasting that...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-17/your-money-enjoy-holidays-
Halloween spending could prove spooky

...possible. This either makes or breaks our year."Carter is preparing for a big Halloween at Party City, but the National Retail Federation predicts that total revenue generated from this year's popular fall holiday could haunt some retailers by...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2013-09-24/halloween-s
Holiday shoppers starting now

...holiday shopping before Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation's annual holiday consumer survey. Many...last minute overstock clearance sales."The National Retail Federation predicts that overall holiday sales will be...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2013-11-01/holiday-sho
Seasonal hiring underway at local stores

...nationwide are expected to hire the same or more seasonal employees this year than they did in 2012, according to the National Retail Federation.Additional jobs in distribution centers, tangible stores and e-commerce could register between 720...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2013-10-09/seasonal-hi