National Retail Federation on Thursday projected a 4.1% increase in retail sales for 2014, up from an estimated 3.7% growth in 2013. “Measured improvements in economic growth combined with positive expectations for continued consumer spending will put the retail industry in a relatively good place in 2014,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Though headwinds in the form of the looming debt ceiling debates, increased healthcare costs, and regulatory concerns still ...

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