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  • ‘Black Panther’ costume to be on display at Smithsonian

    Oct 4, 2018

    The Black Panther’s hero costume, worn by Chadwick Boseman in Disney’s record-breaking film, will be on display for the first time during the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announced today that the costume will… Full Story »
  • Holiday spending expected to increase to $720 billion

    Oct 4, 2018

    The National Retail Federation announced that it expects holiday retail sales in November and December — excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants — to increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent over 2017 for a total of $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion. The forecast compares with an average annual increase of 3.9… Full Story »
  • Canada in NAFTA deal great news, retailers say

    Oct 4, 2018

    The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay after the U.S., Canada and Mexico reached a deal updating the North American Free Trade Agreement. “We are pleased a deal has been reached that preserves NAFTA’s trilateral framework, which is… Full Story »
  • Holiday shopping survey may offer some surprises

    Oct 2, 2018

    Natural Insight, a leading provider of a cloud-based advanced retail execution and workforce management platform, today released the findings of its annual “In-Store Holiday Shopping” survey. With the goal of getting an updated view into how consumers shop in-store during the holiday season, the survey, commissioned… Full Story »
  • World Balloon Convention dates announced on heels of CBS News feature

    Oct 1, 2018

    The next World Balloon Convention will be in Orlando, and it’s nearly three years from now, not two. Pioneer Worldwide announced Monday, Oct. 1, that the next installment of the WBC will be March 25-27, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. The WBC had previously been held… Full Story »
  • Peer Perspective: Best of ...

    Oct 1, 2018

    Party & Halloween Retailer often checks in with party and costume retailers to find out about their businesses, successes and challenges. Here are a few of our favorite responses.  What is your biggest challenge?  “The challenges I have in my stores are, getting good employees, advertising… Full Story »
  • Party City being sued by federal agency for discriminating against woman with autism

    Sep 24, 2018

    Party City finds itself on the wrong end of a lawsuit by a federal agency. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a suit against Party City, alleging that its Nashua, New Hampshire store denied employment to a woman once the store manager found out… Full Story »
  • Halloween spending expected to reach $9 billion again

    Sep 24, 2018

    Once again, Americans are looking forward to splurging on their favorite candy, costumes and decorations during the Halloween season. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $9 billion, the second… Full Story »
  • ‘Ghosted’ costume has nothing to do with ghosts

    Sep 24, 2018

    If you haven’t been a part of the dating scene in recent years, you may not be familiar with the term “ghosted.” The slang phrase — essentially meaning that someone is not returning calls or texts — has become engrained enough in pop culture to achieve… Full Story »
  • Credit card swipe fees: Proposed settlement not nearly enough, says NRF

    Sep 20, 2018

    The National Retail Federation said a proposed new class-action settlement, which purports to resolve claims that Visa and MasterCard set credit card swipe fees in a multi-billion dollar price-fixing scheme, largely resembles part of an agreement that both a federal appellate court and the retail industry had… Full Story »

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