Holiday forecast 2018
Thanks to a healthy economy and strong consumer confidence, NRF expects holiday retail sales in November and December to increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent over 2017 for a total of $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion.
March retail sales gains are ‘very encouraging’
March retail sales as defined by NRF were up one percent month-over-month and 0.8 percent year over year.
Retail imports rising again as summer approaches
Retail imports should total 1.75 million containers in April, up 6.9 percent from 2018.