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Child Tax Credits Could Stimulate Retailers

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Starting July 15, U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments for each child in the household. Part of the American Rescue Plan, the child tax credits will put money into the hands of low and middle-income families to …

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NRF Revises Forecast as Great Uncertainty Transforms Into Recovery

NRF Revises Forecast

As retailers head into the second half of 2021, National Retail Federation (NRF) chief economist Jack Kleinhenz says the great uncertainty clouding the nation’s economic outlook earlier in the year has transformed into evidence of a recovery from the COVID-19 …

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U.S. Adds 850,000 Employees to Workforce in June

June jobs added

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Employed Situation for June 2021, which reported 850,000 jobs were added in June. The number of new jobs added exceeded the expectations of 720,000 and is well above May’s gains of 583,000.  …

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NRF Projects 2021 Retail Sales to Top $4.4T

2021 retail sales

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is upwardly revising its estimate on how much consumers will spend across retail sectors in 2021. The organization’s new estimate now stands at $4.4 trillion, and the NRF expects sales to grow between 10.5 and …

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3 Takeaways From the May Jobs Report

may jobs report

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 559,000 jobs in May, reducing the national unemployment rate to 5.8 percent. Notable job gains happened in public and private education, hospitality and health care. Take a deeper dive …

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Home Improvement Momentum Continues in May

diy momentum

After a year of record sales and renewed interest in the home improvement channel, take a moment to review some of the latest industry data to better understand your DIY and pro customers. The Farnsworth Group has released new research …

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Ace Hardware Posts Record Q1 Financial Results

ace hardware revenues

After confirming record-breaking fiscal year 2020 financial results, Ace Hardware is continuing to reach new heights by posting record first-quarter revenues in 2021. Total revenue for the company hit $2 billion, a 42 percent increase from the first quarter of …

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April U.S. Home Improvement Sales Jump 33% From 2020

Home Improvement Sales

U.S. home improvement sales (NAICS 444) stood at $43.2 billion in April, down slightly from $43.4 billion in March, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows. However, sales for the sector are roughly 33 percent higher than one year …

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