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Walsh joins Retail Council government relations team

The Retail Council of New York State announced today that Alison Walsh has joined the association as government relations associate. Ms. Walsh will help manage the Council’s diverse government relations program, tracking and analyzing legislation and working with lawmakers and staff on the wide variety of issues affecting Retail Council members. Prior to joining the […]

Christmas 2013: Hard work, tough sledding

A letter grade of “B-minus” for the holiday shopping season ALBANY – New York’s retailers used deep discounts, extended hours, and heavy promotions to attract shoppers during the 2013 holiday shopping season, mustering an increase in sales volume of some 3-to-4 percent over a similar time period in 2012. Merchants surveyed by the Retail Council […]

Snow: Good news or bad news?

Winter weather (in moderation) good for sales ALBANY – New York’s retailers report modest gains to date during this truncated “official” holiday shopping season – up 1 to 3 percent over the same period in 2012 – but all this winter weather could be a double-edged sword as the calendar lurches closer to Christmas Day. […]

Summers joins Retail Council as director of membership

The Retail Council of New York State announced today that Christian Summers has joined the association as director of membership. In this role, Mr. Summers will be the primary liaison to existing members and work to grow the association’s membership base by promoting its many money-saving services and programs available to retailers. Prior to joining […]

Retail Council statement

Retailers have had many constructive, forward-focused conversations over the past few weeks with the National Action Network, the National Urban League, and their partner organizations. Today’s announcement is just the start of a renewed good-faith partnership, and we look forward to the dialogue to come.

No surprises to holiday weekend sales

Bargain hunters drive good traffic, sales on par with 2012 ALBANY – Thanksgiving openings, even-earlier “Black Friday” sale prices, and Hanukkah’s start staggered the traditional opening of this year’s holiday shopping season, but New York’s retail community nonetheless welcomed plenty of shoppers on the hunt for bargains and fun in stores small and large. By […]

Retail Council’s “Holiday Sales Watch” returns

Contact:   Ted Potrikus, Executive Vice President and Director of Government Relations, 518-465-3586 The Retail Council of New York State will once again this year poll a sample of its member stores to provide a timely snapshot of holiday shopping activity in stores small and large throughout the state. The Council updates and releases the informal and […]