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Industry Updates

December 11, 2022
With Retailers Well Stocked, Imports are Slowing as Holiday Season Ramps Up 
 Retailers expect a busy holiday season the next two months but imports at the nation’s major container ports should continue to slow from records set earlier in the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Cargo levels that historically peak in the fall peaked in the spring this year as retailers concerned about port congestion, port and rail labor negotiations and other supply chain issues stocked up far in advance of the holidays,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “With a rail strike possible this month, there are still challenges in the supply chain, but the majority of holiday merchandise is already on hand and retailers are well prepared to meet demand.” | More Information



Retail Sales Growing as Holiday Season Begins
Retail sales grew again in October as consumers set aside concerns about inflation and many got a jump start on the holiday season, the National Retail Federation said. “October retail sales data confirms that consumers continue to stretch their dollars on household priorities, including gifts for family and loved ones this holiday season,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “With a strong labor market and excess savings, we are expecting a solid five-day holiday shopping weekend, and retailers are prepared to meet their customers with the right inventory, competitive prices and great experiences. We are keeping a close eye on the railway labor negotiations and urge Congress to do everything in its power to avoid a labor strike this holiday season.” | More Information 



Danner Celebrates 90 Years of Bootmaking with Portland Select Collection 
Danner celebrates the founding of the brand in 1932 with its FW22 Portland Select Collection “built for the modern explorer.” Made in the USA at Danner’s Portland, OR factory the limited-edition anniversary Mountain Trail boot collection is made with chocolate Horween Chromexcel leather and Vibram outsoles.



Record 166.3 Million Shoppers Expected During Thanksgiving Weekend
An estimated 166.3 million people are planning to shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. This figure is almost 8 million more people than last year and is the highest estimate since NRF began tracking this data in 2017. | More Information 



Record 196.7 Million Consumers Shop Over Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
A record 196.7 million Americans shopped in stores and online during the five-day holiday shopping period from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The total number of shoppers grew by nearly 17 million from 2021 and is the highest figure since NRF first started tracking this data in 2017. | More Information 


Industry Updates

November 14, 2022

Year-Over-Year Retail Sales Growth Continues in September
The U.S. Census Bureau said overall retail sales in September were unchanged from August but up 8.2 percent year-over-year. That compared with increases of 0.4 percent month-over-month and 9.4 percent year-over-year in August. On a three-month moving average, sales were up 9.2 percent year-over-year. The National Retail Federation said retail sales remained strong, with the gain in September coming despite an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve and continuing inflation
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NRF Predicts Healthy Holiday Sales as Consumers Navigate Economic Headwinds
Holiday spending is expected to be healthy even with recent inflationary challenges, as the National Retail Federation today forecast that holiday retail sales during November and December will grow between 6% and 8% over 2021 to between $942.6 billion and $960.4 billion. Last year’s holiday sales grew 13.5% over 2020 and totaled $889.3 billion, shattering previous records. Holiday retail sales have averaged an increase of 4.9% over the past 10 years, with pandemic spending in recent years accounting for considerable gains. | More Information 



NRF Says Strong Consumer Fundamentals Counter Inflation and Interest Rates in Holiday Forecast
The National Retail Federation balanced high inflation and rising interest rates against strong consumer fundamentals as it developed its 2022 holiday spending forecast, Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said today. “There are many factors impacting our holiday forecast, but business conditions are generally positive as consumer fundamentals continue to support economic activity,” Kleinhenz said. “Despite record levels of inflation, rising interest rates and low levels of confidence, consumers have been steadfast in their spending and remain in the driver’s seat. The latest figures show the economy is holding together better than may have been expected.” Kleinhenz’s remarks came in the November issue of NRF’s Monthly Economic Review, which noted that gross domestic product rose by 2.6% in the third quarter. Kleinhenz called that “a healthy increase that should override any remaining fears that the economy is in a recession." Consumers’ willingness to spend has been “clearly impacted by inflation” but their ability to spend has been supported by job growth, rising wages and tapping into savings accumulated during the pandemic, the report said. September consumer spending rose 0.6% from August, which underscored that “demand remains strong and can be expected to continue.” | More Information 


Imports Slow as Holiday Season Ramps Up 
Imports at U.S. container ports continue to slow from the records set earlier in 2022, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker* report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. “Cargo levels that historically peak in the fall peaked in the spring this year as retailers concerned about port congestion, port and rail labor negotiations, and other supply chain issues stocked up far in advance of the holidays,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “With a rail strike possible this month, there are still challenges in the supply chain, but the majority of holiday merchandise is already on hand, and retailers are well prepared to meet demand.”
While consumers continue to spend, Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said demand fell from peak consumption during the height of the pandemic. | More Information 

Industry Updates

October 27, 2022

Year-Over-Year Retail Sales Growth Continues in September
The U.S. Census Bureau said overall retail sales in September were unchanged from August but up 8.2 percent year-over-year. That compared with increases of 0.4 percent month-over-month and 9.4 percent year-over-year in August. On a three-month moving average, sales were up 9.2 percent year-over-year. The National Retail Federation said retail sales remained strong, with the gain in September coming despite an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve and continuing inflation
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Industry Updates

October 17, 2022

NRF Says Consumers Still Spending Despite Worries Over Inflation and Interest Rates
Consumers remain worried about high inflation and Federal Reserve interest rate hikes intended to bring inflation under control, but neither has stopped them from spending, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “The economic situation in the United States is unsettling,” Kleinhenz said. “Consumer confidence is down, consumer spending’s rate of growth has slowed, and economists and consumers alike are worried about the possibility of a recession, all reflecting persistently high inflation and rising interest rates. Nonetheless, spending continues to grow, and many economists say a recession – if there is one – will likely be mild.” | More Information 




Imports Headed to Lowest Level Since Early 2021 But Retailers Are Well Stocked for   Holidays
Imports at the nation’s major container ports are expected to fall to their lowest level in nearly two years by the end of 2022 even though retail sales continue to grow, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “The growth in U.S. import volume has run out of steam, especially for cargo from Asia,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “Recent cuts in carriers’ shipping capacity reflect falling demand for merchandise from well-stocked retailers even as consumers continue to spend. Meanwhile, the closure of factories during China’s October Golden Week holiday along with the Chinese government’s continuing ‘Zero Covid’ policy have impacted production, reducing demand for shipping capacity from that side of the Pacific as well.” | More Information 

Industry Updates

August 19, 2022

July Retail Sales Show Consumers Still Shopping Despite Inflation
Core retail sales as calculated by the National Retail Federation rose in July even as overall sales reported by the Census Bureau remained flat on a monthly basis, and both calculations showed strong year-over-year gains as consumers kept shopping despite high inflation, NRF said. “Retail sales grew in July, supported by declines in prices at the gas pump and moderately lower inflation,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Consumers are adapting to higher prices by prioritizing essentials like food and back-to-school items, and retailers are working hard to absorb the impact of higher costs and help customers stretch their hard-earned dollars." | More Information 


Imports Slowing in Second Half of the Year But 2022 Should See Gain Over 2021 
After a record-setting spring, imports at the nation’s major container ports are expected to slow significantly for the remainder of the year but 2022 should still see a net gain over 2021, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. | More Information 




Ignik Announces Partnership with Protect Our Winters
Ignik, a Bainbridge Island-based brand committed to creating more heat with less waste, is proud to announce its partnership with Protect Our Winters (POW), a nonprofit focused on protecting the places where we play from climate change by turning outdoor enthusiasts into climate advocates. Ignik, which was founded to address the impacts of climate change through smarter heating product design, joins dozens of leading outdoor industry brands that have pledged their support for the organization. | More Information 
 

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