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Florida retailers expect record breaking Mother’s Day in 2017

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Florida retailers believe moms will get a lot of love this year, as consumers are set to spend record numbers for Mother’s Day in 2017. According to the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), consumers will spend more than ever on gifts for Mother’s Day this year, reaching $23.6 billion. The state’s leading retailer trade association expect a whopping $186.39 per mom on average this year, up from last year’s $172.22 average. “We are extremely encouraged by the record high projections for…

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Retailers expect Halloween to break records, $8.4B in sales

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Halloween is expected to set records this year with more than $8.4 billion in retail sales, according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation. NRF estimates more than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate the holiday and will spend an average of $83 each on costumes, candy, decorations, and greeting cards. The numbers are a big jump over 2015, when Americans spent about $74 each — or $6.9 billion total. “More families are making a bigger deal out of…

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Barbecues, fireworks and travel boost expected Independence Day spending to record $7 billion

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Consumers are expected to spend more than $7 billion celebrating Independence Day this year according to a new survey released by the National Retail Federation. The total slightly edges out 2015’s record-setting numbers, when consumers spent an average of $71.23 celebrating the holiday. “Floridians will celebrate Independence Day this year by spending in record numbers, making it potentially a very prosperous holiday weekend for our retailers statewide,” said Florida Retail Federation President and CEO Randy Miller. “Low gas prices, nice…

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Florida Retail Federation President Rick McAllister to retire

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Rick McAllister, the Florida Retail Federation’s longtime president and CEO, is retiring at the end of this year. He’s led the FRF for 14 years. Veteran FRF Executive Vice President Randy Miller will become the new President/CEO, beginning Jan. 1. According to an FRF news release, McAllister led the organization to “unprecedented success, recognition and prestige.” “It has been an incredible opportunity to lead the Florida Retail Federation for the past 14 years, and to meet and learn about the diverse…

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Halloween spending to be up in Florida, down nationally

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The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, announced today that the average person celebrating Halloween this year will spend $74.34, compared with $77.52 last year. Total spending nationally on Halloween is expected to reach $6.9 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. “Even though the national survey shows a decrease in spending on Halloween this year, we don’t expect that trend…

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Back-to-school spending to increase this year, Florida retailers say

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Florida families can expect to increase spending on school supplies this year, says the state’s premier trade association representing retailers. With the recent news that Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday was included in the state’s final budget and expanded to a record 10 days, the Florida Retail Federation (FRF) says it means good things are in store for Florida merchants. “Thanks to the commitment of both the Florida Legislature and Governor Scott on expanding the back-to-school sales tax holiday, the timing…

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