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2011 News Archives

Christmas sales boost U.S. retailers: Survey
Dec. 31, 2011 – People’s Daily Online, China

Christmas sales get an A this year from New York store owners
Dec. 30, 2011 – New York Daily News

What’s going on with retail?
Dec. 30, 2011 –

Final weeks of shopping rang up retail sales
Dec. 30, 2011 – WBFO NPR Buffalo

Holiday sales figures
Dec. 30, 2011 – YNN Central NY

NYS retailers give high marks to shopping season
Dec. 30, 2011 – Buffalo Business First

Holiday shopping season overall pretty decent for retailers in Syracuse and the rest of New York state
Dec. 30, 2011 – The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY

Holiday sales season making NY retailers merry
Dec. 30, 2011 – Wall Street Journal

Time is running out for holiday shopping
Dec. 23, 2011 – Albany Times Union

Survey: NY retailers upbeat about holiday shopping
Dec. 19, 2011 – WBEN Buffalo

Shopping red, white and blue
Dec. 19, 2011 –, Canandaigua, NY

Holiday cheer for retailers across New York state
Dec. 15, 2011 – WXXI News

Merchants remain upbeat at midway point
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NY merchants upbeat on holidays
Dec. 14, 2011 – Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY

Amazon’s scanning app scaring retailers
Dec. 9, 2011 – Albany Times Union

Shoppers mixed on Amazon’s Price Check App
Dec. 9, 2011 – WNYT Albany

Holiday shopping expected to pick up again as Christmas Day nears
Dec. 7, 2011 – The Troy Record

Black Friday breaks records
Nov. 30, 2011 – Post-Star Glens Falls, NY

Retailers report strong start to Christmas shopping season
Nov. 30, 2011 – Albany Times Union

Hugh Johnson: “Today was explosive!”
Nov. 30, 2011 – WNYT Albany, NY

NYS retailers off to fast holiday start
Nov. 30, 2011 – Buffalo Business First

Ending $800M cyber retail edge
Nov. 30, 2011 – Albany Times Union

Black Friday (Radio interview with Council Executive Vice President and Director of Government Relations Ted Potrikus)
Nov. 25, 2011 – WBEN News Radio

Christmas, Black Friday earlier each year
Nov. 23, 2011 – YNN Central NY

Siena holiday spending poll (includes audio)
Nov. 22, 2011 – WAMC Albany, NY

Black Friday predictions: Earlier and bigger
Nov. 19, 2011 – The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY

Retailers ready for the holiday rush
Nov. 13, 2011 –, Canandaigua, NY

Google in Troy Monday to help small businesses get online
Nov. 11, 2011 – Albany Times Union

Retailers Express Realistic Expectations For 2011 Holiday Shopping Season
Nov. 6, 2011 –

NYS retailers guarded in holiday outlook
Nov. 1, 2011 – Buffalo Business First

Retailers barely bullish on the holidays, Retail Council survey shows
Nov. 1, 2011 – Empire State News

Retailers upbeat for the season
Oct. 31, 2011 – Albany Times Union

New York retailers cautiously optimistic on holiday season
Oct. 31, 2011 – Long Island Business News

Bill targets mail-order prescription mandate
Oct. 18, 2011 – Times Union, Albany, NY

Consumer confidence rises in Capital Region, drops in the rest of the state
Oct. 3, 2011 – WNYT Albany, NY

Holiday sales to increase by just 3%
Sept. 21, 2011 – Crain’s New York Business

Irene’s economic toll
Aug. 28, 2011 – Albany Times Union

For Amazon, stakes are high in sales tax fight
July 19, 2011 – Los Angeles Times, CA

$30B in retail organized crime to be subject of day-long conference
April 26, 2011 – The Business Review

No joke: State drops sales tax on shoes, clothes
April 1, 2011 – The Business Review

Main Street businesses must not be bullied (Guest view)
March 20, 2011 – Utica Observer-Dispatch

Rising oil prices will push up costs everywhere
March 7, 2011 – AM New York

Congress must not cave on ‘swipe fee’ reforms – Letter to the editor from Retail Council President and CEO James R. Sherin
March 3, 2011 – Buffalo News

Debit card fees unfair to shoppers, merchants – Letter to the editor from Retail Council President and CEO James R. Sherin
Feb. 28, 2011 – Auburn Citizen

Fuschillo Shoplifter Bill Approved by Senate Codes Committee
Feb. 6, 2011 – East Meadow Patch

In a confident state of mind
Feb. 5, 2011 – Times Union, Albany, NY

Retail establishments see a strong end to 2010
Jan. 11, 2011 – Forest Hills Times, Queens, NY

How did you pay this holiday season?
Jan. 8, 2011 – YNN, Rhinebeck, NY

Retailers pleased with holiday 2010 results
Jan. 3, 2011 –