Experts Point to Increasing Imports as Retailers Prepare for Back-to-School

nrfImport cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 7.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers stock up for the busy back-to-school season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates on Wednesday.

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Discounts Most Important Factor for Holiday Shoppers Says Survey

Holiday shoppers are expected to spend an average of $22.27 dollars less than last year, a 3.2 percent drop, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2009 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. According to the survey, price discounts (43.3 percent) and everyday low prices (12.7 percent) will be the most important factors when decided where to shop. Other factors include selection (21 percent), quality (11.8 percent), convenience (4.9 percent), and customer service (4.4 percent).

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