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Industry Updates

January 2, 2023

Report: Holiday Shopping Seen as Lackluster in Early Season Review 
The first two weeks of December did not bring much holiday cheer after a lackluster Black Friday and generally disappointing November results. U.S. discretionary general merchandise sales revenue fell over 2 percentage points over Cyber Week (week ending December 3) and 5 percent the following week, according to U.S. retailer point-of-sale data from The NPD Group (NPD). Fourth-quarter retail sales revenue through December 10 was 6 percent below 2021 results, and unit sales were down 10 percent. “The traditional feeling of spirited chaos is missing from retail this holiday season, and not in a good way,” said Marshal Cohen, chief retail industry advisor, NPD. “With just weeks to go in the holiday shopping season, momentum and the urgency to shop are still missing, as the consumer’s need to prioritize higher-priced food is impeding discretionary spending.” | More Information 

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December 19, 2022
Happy Holidays to You and Yours
The Worldwide offices will be closed December 23rd & December 26th. We will back in the office on Tuesday, December 27th.


Industry Updates

December 19, 2022

Imports Winding Down as Holiday Season Nears Finish Line 
With most holiday merchandise already on retailers’ shelves or in their warehouses, December cargo volume at the nation’s major container ports should be significantly below records set earlier this year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Retailers are in the middle of the annual holiday frenzy but ports are headed into their winter lull after one of the busiest and most challenging years we’ve ever seen,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “We’ve dodged a rail strike and the retail supply chain should be able to easily handle the remaining weeks of the holiday season. But it’s time to settle on a labor contract for West Coast ports and address other supply chain issues that remain so the lull doesn’t become the calm before a storm.” | More Information 


EXEC: Smith & Wesson Sees Firearms Demand Recovery Stall
Shares of Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. lost about 17 percent of its value on Wednesday after the firearms maker reported a 47.5 percent drop in sales in the second quarter ended October 31 due to ongoing inventory rebalancing in the marketplace, combined with the impact of promotional activity by competitors and the trading down by consumers to a lower-priced product. On a call with analysts, Mark Smith, president and CEO, said sales and profitability remain above pre-pandemic levels, with the year-over-year decline reflecting a surge in demand in the year-ago period tied to the pandemic. He also noted that more normal demand levels are expected in the second half of its fiscal year; however, consumer demand for firearms decreased in the latter half of its second quarter. | More Information

 

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 

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