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National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz

NRF: Economy could see fastest growth since 1980s

NRF: Economy could see fastest growth since 1980s

WASHINGTON — The  U.S. economy could be headed for its fastest growth in more than three decades, National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said on Monday. “While there is a great deal of uncertainty about how fast and far this economy will grow in 2021, surveys show an increase in individuals being vaccinated, more

NRF: Recovery is ‘being tested daily’

NRF: Recovery is ‘being tested daily’

WASHINGTON – Despite signs that reopening businesses have begun to lift the economy, National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said Monday that conflicting data makes it difficult to say how steady the comeback will be. “Optimism about the economy and retail spending is being tested daily with the spread of the coronavirus,” Kleinhenz said.

Retail sales plummet amid pandemic

Retail sales plummet amid pandemic

WASHINGTON — Total retail sales fell dramatically in March as the coronavirus pandemic forced restaurants, bars and many stores to temporarily close across the nation. But sales soared at grocery stores and were up at other retailers deemed “essential” as well, offsetting some of the decline. “COVID-19 has hit the retail industry unevenly,” NRF Chief

NRF chief economist: stopping pandemic is first step

NRF chief economist: stopping pandemic is first step

WASHINGTON – National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz says the coronavirus pandemic “has triggered shocks,” but he argues that the underlying economy is sound. “How quickly the country gets a handle on containing the virus will determine the degree of the impact on the economy and how soon businesses can reopen,” Kleinhenz wrote in

Retail employment falls in March

Retail employment falls in March

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy added 196,000 jobs in March, but retail industry employment for the month fell by 11,700 jobs seasonally adjusted from February, according to the Labor Department. Retail jobs were also down 47,400 jobs unadjusted year-over-year. “March’s strong rebound in overall hiring throughout the economy is good news after the seesaw employment