Bimonthly trade journal features news and information for retail professionals, with topics covered in the publication including operations, finance, marketing, technology, and real estate, and special features including the "Annual State of the Industry Report" and "Top 100 U.S. Retailers" rankings published in the September/October issue of the magazine. Digital editions can be viewed online.
NRF Forecast / Monthly Economic Review
https://nrf.com/nrf-forecasts / monthly-economic-review
Annual forecast and monthly economic review reports provide insights on economic trends and their current and prospective impact on the U.S. retail environment, with topics covered in these reports including retail sales growth, consumer sentiment, consumer prices, GDP growth, housing market index, employment growth trends, personal income and spending, and leading economic indicators.
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for retail executives, with topics covered in various issues including store operations, merchandising, marketing, retail technology, mobile and online shopping, payment and credit systems, supply chain logistics, human resources, and loss prevention. Current issue is available online, with free subscription available to qualified parties.
Annual Retailer Lists
STORES magazine provides annual ranking lists of retailers by various criteria, with lists provided including the "Top 100" ranked by U.S. sales, "Hot 100" ranked by U.S. year-over-year sales growth, "Favorite 50" ranking of consumers' preferred e-commerce sites, and the "Global Top 250" from the "Global Powers of Retailing" report produced in conjunction with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.
Annual salary survey provides compensation and benefits data for retailers of all types, with survey data broken down by retail sector and subsector, size (e.g., organization sales, number of stores, store revenue, and store size), ownership (public, private), type of entity (e.g., corporation, division, subsidiary, and group), and geographic region (e.g., national, regional, and metropolitan area.)
Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this retail sector, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including department (e.g., Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Dilliards, JCPenney, and Kohl's), discount (e.g., Target, TJ Maxx, and Wal-Mart), and dollar (e.g., Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General) stores.