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Global Port Tracker: Import cargo volume could set all-time high this month

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to see a final surge and set a new monthly record in October as the holiday season approaches, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Increasing congestion at the nation’s ports as well as the ...

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Delta downtown officials form new organization

GREENWOOD — The Delta Downtown Alliance (DDA), an alliance of downtown representatives from throughout the Mississippi Delta, has been founded. The DDA’s mission is to strengthen the promotion and publicity of events and projects in historic downtowns throughout the Mississippi Delta in order to unite the region through information sharing and coordinated communication. There are no membership fees for joining, but any ...

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February retail sales up despite frigid weather

WASHINGTON — American consumers powered through the winter weather, lifting retail sales in February. According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.2 percent adjusted month-to-month and 2.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year. NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said, “Retailers and consumers endured the harsh winter and they’re hoping both the natural and ...

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NRF: Winter weather puts freeze on retail sales

WASHINGTON — Consumers leveled off post-holiday shopping and spending in the beginning of the year due in part to severe winter weather in much of the country, according to the National Retail Federation. January retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, were flat seasonally adjusted month-to-month yet increased 3.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year. “Following a solid holiday sales season, it ...

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NRF optimistic about retail sales in 2014

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its 2014 economic forecast, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 4.1 percent, up from the preliminary 3.7 percent growth seen in 2013. NRF also expects online sales in 2014 to grow between 9 and 12 percent. “Measured improvements in economic growth combined with positive expectations ...

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Retailers hire fewer seasonal workers than expected

The National Retail Federation reports retailers’ hiring actions may bode well for the holiday shopping season, though the employment numbers missed previous forecasts. NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said, “The nation’s retailers continued to add to their payrolls in December even in the midst of the condensed holiday shopping season. Retailers and merchants, especially those operating clothing and general ...

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Whole Foods sets grand opening; to offer pre-opening tours

JACKSON — Whole Foods Market will open its doors Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. at Highland Village in Jackson, according to release from the company. The 34,000-square-foot store will feature an organic salad bar, in-store smoked barbecue, fresh-made gelato, natural body care and nutritional supplements, beer growler filling station and the Yazoo Bend Coffee & Taproom with 4 beers ...

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J.C. Penney to close store on Coast in March

GAUTIER — The J.C. Penney Co. will be leaving Gautier. It and the Belk Inc. department stores are about the only stores still open in the 563,000-square-foot mall, the rest of which is to be torn down for a $90 million makeover. Demolition should begin in the next two weeks, Mayor Gordon Gollott told The Mississippi Press. “It’s imminent,” Gollott ...

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Organizers gearing up for first-ever furniture show

TUNICA — The inaugural Tunica Furniture Market in January will be held in January and its organizer says about 40 companies are expected to participate. “Despite a lot of doubts and people calling me crazy, the Tunica Furniture Market is happening,” organizer Scott Morton told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Morton proposed earlier this year the hosting of a furniture ...

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City likes retail consultant, but waits on outcome of referendum

There’s no chicken-or-egg issue in Horn Lake when it comes to hiring a consultant to help attract more retailers. City officials are near a deal with Birmingham, Ala.-based Retail Strategies, according to The Commercial Appeal, but will hold out until the results of next week’s referendum on a proposed lodging tax. Voters will decide Tuesday whether the Northwest Mississippi city ...

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