Easter spending expected to reach all-time high
Posted on 4/14/2017 10:16:00 AM.

With Easter coming a few weeks later this year, holiday spending is expected to reach record highs. Anna Serafin Smith with the National Retail Federation says their annual survey finds 80% of consumers will celebrate Easter, spending a record total of over $18 billion. That's a 6% increase over last year.
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NRF survey finds 48% of consumers plan to save their tax refund
Posted on 2/22/2017 11:32:00 AM.

A survey from the National Retail Federation finds many consumers plan to put their tax refunds into savings rather than spend. Denham Springs financial planner Matt Kennedy says we’ve seen this trend over the past eight years ever since the 2008 stock market crash.
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Survey finds consumers are spending less this Valentine's Day
Posted on 2/12/2017 3:22:00 AM.

The National Retail Federation finds this Valentine’s Day consumers are expected to spend $18.2 billion. That’s down from $19.7 billion last year. LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says we might be seeing a shift in how people celebrate this romantic holiday as couples are doing more things for each other around the year.
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The Super Bowl of shopping is today, it's Black Friday
Posted on 11/25/2016 2:04:00 AM.
It's one of the busiest shopping days of the year and LSU marketing professor Dan Rice says shoppers are savvier than ever thanks to technology. Rice says just because the malls are packed today, doesn't mean that shoppers are ready to buy from that store.
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NRF: More than half of Americans will be shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend
Posted on 11/22/2016 11:42:00 AM.

The National Retail Federation expects 59% of Americans will shop both in-store or online during the Thanksgiving weekend. That covers Thanksgiving Day through Sunday. Spokesperson Ana Serafin Smith says it’s a slight increase from last year.
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Retailers are getting into holiday shopping mode
Posted on 11/1/2016 7:55:00 AM.

With Halloween over, retailers are gearing up for the holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation is predicting consumers nationwide will spend $952 this year. But LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says that could be a little different in Louisiana, given the downturn in the oil industry and so many people impacted by flooding.
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Halloween spending at an all time record high
Posted on 10/21/2016 3:37:00 AM.

Spending on Halloween costumes, decorations and candy will reach a record high 8.4 billion dollars this year. That’s according to the National Retail Federation. Spokesperson Ana Serafin Smith says more than 171 million Americans are planning to partake in Halloween festivities this year.
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Sons and daughters spending more than ever for Father's Day
Posted on 6/17/2016 3:36:00 AM.

According to the National Retail Federation, people will spend more on Dad this Father’s Day than ever before. Spokesperson Ana Serafin-Smith says it’s expected Americans will spend about 14 billion dollars this weekend. She says the uptick is linked to kids treating Dad to a nice steak dinner or giving him the latest in electronics.
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NRF survey: Father's Day spending less than Mother's Day
Posted on 6/19/2015 2:21:00 AM.
Father's Day is Sunday and the average person will spend about $116 on Dad, according to the National Retail Federation.The NRF says average spending on Mom was $173 dollars for Mother's Day.  LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says it's customary around the world for mom to be showered with more gifts than dad.
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More Americans buying costumes this Halloween
Posted on 10/23/2014 4:32:00 AM.
A recent survey by the National Retail Federation shows a record number of Americans will buy Halloween costumes this year.  NRF Senior Director of Media Relations, Kathy Grannis, says Halloween has become much more than a child's holiday.

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