NRF Predicts 3.4% Increase in Retail Sales

The National Retail Federation this week predicted that retail sales will rise 3.4 percent in 2013. The group also predicted that online sales will rise between 9 and 12 percent this year.

“What we witnessed during the holiday season is an indication of what we are likely to see in 2013. Consumers read troubling economic headlines every day and look at their bottom lines at the end of the month, and they don’t like what they see,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement.

“Pushing fiscal policy decisions down the road will lead to even greater uncertainty, and will continue to impact consumers’ desire and ability to spend on discretionary items. The administration and congress need to pursue and enact policies that lead to growth and economic expansion, or it could be another challenging year for retailers and consumers alike.”

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