A new survey estimates 156 million Americans to buy last-minute holiday gifts on Dec. 17.
A number of predominantly brick-and-mortar retailers announced their plans to lower the number of seasonal workers they hire.
It is expected that between 640,000 and 690,000 seasonal workers will be hired.
According to the NRF’s annual Easter Spending Survey, Americans anticipate shelling out more money than ever before on Easter this year.
The holidays, combined with the threat of terrorist attacks, has many retail centers on alert.
Retailers are allocating more workers for e-commerce support in 2015.
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Online sales are expected to grow between 6 to 8 percent in 2015 and consumers should show willingness to open their wallets for the season.
The Washington, D.C.-based industry group cut its retail-sales forecast for 2015 to a growth rate of 3.5 percent, from 4.1 percent.
After a strong 2014, the National Retail Federation doesn’t expect shoppers to spend as much in 2015.