Tuesday, 22 November 2022 14:36

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 22, 2022

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Tallahassee, FL –  With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Florida Retail Federation (FRF) announced more people than ever will participate in holiday shopping between Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. A recent survey revealed that an estimated 166.3 million shoppers will head to the store, a nearly 8 million increase in shoppers over 2021.

"Floridians who are feeling the impacts of inflation and looking to cut costs this holiday season can 'Find It In Florida' and save on purchases at their local retailers," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “With a record-breaking amount of shoppers expected, our Florida retailers have staffed up stores to help you save while you fulfill your holiday shopping list."

Over two-thirds (69%) of consumers plan to shop during Thanksgiving weekend. An increase in in-store traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday can be attributed to customers looking to take advantage of value pricing. Most plan to take advantage of Black Friday savings with 69% (114.9 million) of consumers planning to shop that day. The second most popular day remains Cyber Monday as 38% (63.9 million) of shoppers will search for savings online.

Some of the reasons consumers are shopping over the weekend include:

  • Deals are too good to pass up - 59%
  • Holiday tradition - 27%  
  • Something to do  - 22%

About 60% of shoppers began purchasing holiday items in early November. More than half (54%) of shoppers plan to purchase gift cards, with total spending expected to reach $28.6 billion. Top gift cards include restaurant (27%), department store (26%) and bank-issued cards (25%).

The 2022 top holiday gifts that consumers plan to purchase are: 

  • Clothing or accessories - 55%
  • Gift cards - 45% 
  • Toys - 37%
  • Books or other media - 33%
  • Food & candy - 31%
  • Personal care or beauty items - 26%
  • Electronics - 24%
  • Home décor or furnishings - 21%
  • Jewelry - 20%
  • Sporting goods or leisure items - 17%

Barbie and LEGOs continue to hold first place as the hottest items for girls and boys for the third year.

The most popular toys for girls and boys in 2022, ranked, include: 

Girls

  1. Barbie
  2. Doll
  3. LOL Dolls
  4. LEGO
  5. Makeup
  6. Squishmallows
  7. American Girl / Apparel*
  8. Disney-related items
  9. Baby doll
  10. Cell phone / Magic Mixies*

*Choices tied in ranking

Boys

  1. LEGO
  2. Hot Wheels
  3. Cars/trucks
  4. PlayStation
  5. Video games
  6. Pokémon
  7. Nerf
  8. Electric/RC cars
  9. Dinosaurs
  10. Xbox

This holiday season, when shoppers "Find It In Florida" and shop local retailers, they help boost the local economy and support community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program at the website.

For more information on the predictions of the National Retail Federation, visit: https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/record-1663-million-shoppers-expected-during-thanksgiving-weekend.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 52 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies.

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Monday, 07 November 2022 12:56

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 7, 2022

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Tallahassee, FL –  Floridians are already preparing for the holidays as shoppers stock up on gifts and seasonal items. According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, despite the concerns about inflation, 62% of shoppers believe that it is important to spend on holiday gifts and celebrations. In fact, the holidays are poised to be even more festive as 91% of shoppers plan to celebrate this year. 

Nearly half of consumers (46%) started purchasing items off their holiday lists before November. Most shoppers (60%) have strategized to spread out their gift-shopping budget to avoid additional stress during the holiday season. 

"The winter holiday season is an extra special time for Floridians to exchange gifts and celebrate with their family and friends," shares Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "During this season of giving, Florida retailers are here to provide a stress-free shopping experience so you can focus on what matters most this holiday season, your loved ones. Remember to support your local retailers and Find it in Florida."

Many shoppers (44%) are feeling the pressure of rising costs and limited availability, purchasing holiday gifts and other items early in order to avoid the possibility of products becoming more expensive. 

Additional reasons consumers are shopping early this holiday season include:

  • To avoid the stress of last-minute shopping - 43%
  • To avoid crowds - 42%
  • Prices and promotions are too good to pass up - 39%
  • To avoid missing out on specific items - 32%

This year's holiday retail sales are forecasted to grow between 6% and 8% during November and December with sales reaching between $942.6 billion and $960.4 billion, over 2021. Consumers will spend an average of $832.84 on gifts and holiday items including decorations and food. 

Gift cards remain the top gift as 54% of shoppers listed them as the highest on their wish list. Other top gifts include:

  • Clothing and accessories - 49%
  • Books and other media - 30%
  • Electronics - 24%
  • Home decor - 23%
  • Jewelry - 21%
  • Personal care - 20%
  • Sporting goods - 18%
  • Home improvement - 17%
  • Other - 7%

While e-commerce remains strong this year, with 56% of shoppers planning to purchase items online, Floridians have returned to in-store purchases to take advantage of the traditional holiday shopping experience. This year's expected household shift to in-store shopping has caused a decrease in e-commerce purchases compared to the 57% of consumers who planned to shop online in 2021.

This year’s other top holiday shopping destinations include: 

  • Discount stores - 48%
  • Department stores - 47%
  • Grocery stores - 45%
  • Clothing & accessories stores - 31%
  • Local retail stores or small businesses - 24%
  • Electronics store - 20%
  • Crafts store - 17%
  • Other specialty stores - 12%
  • Drug store - 12%
  • Thrift store - 12%
  • Outlet store - 11%
  • Catalog - 7%
  • Other - 3%

This holiday season, when shoppers "Find It In Florida" and shop local retailers, they help boost the local economy and support community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program at the website

For more information on the predictions of the National Retail Federation, visit: https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/nrf-predicts-healthy-holiday-sales-consumers-navigate-economic.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 52 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies.

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Thursday, 20 October 2022 09:07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 20, 2022

CONTACT: AMANDA BEVIS
(202) 680-9262

The Florida Retail Federation Celebrates Florida's Men & Women in Blue at Annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award Dinner

ORLANDO, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) honored Detective Sergeant Nicholas Ferrara of the Gainesville Police Department Tuesday night at the 2022 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards Dinner. 

Detective Sergeant Ferrara is known globally for his proficiency in facial recognition technology, automatic license plate readers, and expertise in open-source intelligence. Nicknamed “The Wizard” Detective Sergeant Ferrara has successfully identified more than 1,000 witnesses, offenders and victims in support of law enforcement investigations.

“His passion for people, partnership and technology has enabled Detective Sergeant Ferrara to identify countless suspects involved in criminal activity, not only in Florida but across the globe,” said Dan Doyle, Executive Committee Member of the Florida Retail Federation, and Chief Human Resources Officer at Bealls. “He is a tremendous partner to retailers throughout our state, and his willingness to work with other law enforcement agencies to close organized retail crime cases is exceptional.”

Detective Diane Wantuck and Detective Sergeant Nicholas Ferrara

Detective Sergeant Ferrara has been part of the Gainesville Police Department for more than 25 years. Throughout this time, he has built an extensive network of contacts to support his investigations- if he doesn’t have the answer, he knows someone who does.  His impact reaches far beyond the city limits of Gainesville, and beyond state lines as he partners with other law enforcement agencies, retailers and financial institutions across the nation and as far as the United Kingdom.

As a result of his efforts, Detective Sergeant Ferrara has successfully identified offenders involved in murder, serial rapists, international organized crime, large-scale credit card fraud and multi-million-dollar schemes.

“Florida's retailers are proud to partner with Florida’s law enforcement officers to keep our communities and businesses safe,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the FRF. “Law enforcement is our greatest ally in combatting organized retail crime. We are grateful for all of Florida’s law enforcement officers who selflessly serve  to protect our communities.”

FRF also recognized the 2022 runner-up, Detective Diane Wantuck of the Coral Springs Police Department. During her 17 years with the agency, Detective Wantuck has successfully unraveled organized retail crime offenders, groups and fences, and is an invaluable partner in fighting ORC throughout South Florida

Since 1974, the FRF has cherished the tradition of celebrating Florida’s outstanding law enforcement community for their dedication to keeping Florida residents safe. This year the selection committee for the FRF awards program received dozens of worthy nominations with endless accounts of heroism and selflessness in the line of duty.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2022 10:38

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 6, 2022
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(202) 680-9262

Florida Retailers are Stocked and Ready to Help Shoppers Find All They Need for A Delightfully Frightful Holiday Season.

Tallahassee, FL – Halloween is poised to be more popular than ever this year. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 69% of shoppers plan to celebrate the frightful holiday this year, an increase from 65% in the previous year. Data reveals that the spike in ghouls and ghosts planning to celebrate this year will bring a record spending estimate of $10.6 billion, an increase over $10.1 billion in 2021. 

2022 Retail Haloween Sales Forecast

"Florida shoppers are thrilled more than ever to celebrate Halloween," shared Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "Many have already started their seasonal shopping. Luckily, Florida retailers have stocked up on costumes, candy, decorations and more to help families and children have a delightful, frightful holiday. Whether you're trick-or-treating, hosting a Halloween party, planning a neighborhood hayride or just handing out candy, remember to shop local and support Florida retail."

Nearly half of shoppers (47%) began shopping for Halloween last month. Those preparing for the October holiday are looking forward to a variety of spooky activities. The top Halloween activities this year include: 

  • Handing out candy - 67% 
  • Decorating their home or yard - 51%
  • Dressing up in a costume - 47% 
  • Carving a pumpkin - 44% 
  • Throwing or attending a Halloween party - 28% 

Nationally, consumers plan to spend $100 on average, for Halloween candy, cards, costumes and decor. Children's and adult costumes will be the most popular purchase this year with spending expected to reach $2.9 billion, breaking the highest forecast since 2017. 

For a second consecutive year, Spiderman will be the top children's costume this year, and princess settles for the number two spot again.

  1. Spiderman 
  2. Princess
  3. Witch
  4. Ghost
  5. Batman / Superhero 
  6. Pumpkin
  7. Zombie
  8. Vampire
  9. Pirate
  10. Superman

Pet owners who plan to include their furry friend in the festivities will spend $710 million this Halloween. Shoppers still cannot get enough of pumpkin, as the survey reveals the beloved orange squash as the fan-favorite costume for pets for the seventh year in a row. The top five pet costumes are: 

  • Pumpkin - 9 percent
  • Hot Dog - 5 percent
  • Bat - 4 percent
  • Bumblebee - 3 percent
  • Witch - 3 percent

Consumers continue to find ways to save money, with 40% of shoppers planning to purchase their Halloween gear from discount stores, 36% looking toward specialty Halloween or costume stores, and 31% planning to shop online.

Shoppers can "Find It In Florida" and support Florida retailers when stocking up this Halloween. Supporting local retailers helps boost the local economy and community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program at the website

For more information on the predictions of the National Retail Federation, visit: https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/halloween-participation-returns-pre-pandemic-levels-record-spending 

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.  

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Monday, 25 July 2022 10:57

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 20, 2022
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262

Tallahassee, FL — School is almost back in session, and Florida retail stores are ready to help families cut costs on school supplies. Floridians can save money when shopping for school supplies during Florida’s 2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax holiday that begins Monday, July 25, and runs through Sunday, August 7.

“Tax savings on back-to-school items will provide welcome relief to Florida families,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Stock up July 25 through August 7 at your local Florida retail store. Many stores are offering additional sales to help families find savings get what they need to succeed this school year. Remember to ‘Find It In Florida’ and support local retailers when shopping for back-to-school items.”

The following items are available for purchase tax-free from July 25 through August 7:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories with a sales price of $100 or less per item;
  • Certain school supplies with a sales price of $50 or less per item;
  • Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles with a sales price of $30 or less; and
  • Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories with a sales price of $1,500 or less, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Families can also find additional tax-free savings on the retail sale of children’s diapers and baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and footwear, now through June 30, 2023, and children’s books (children ages 12 or younger) through August 14, 2022.

A recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation revealed that 25% of consumers have already started shopping for school supplies. As inflation continues to impact families, 38% of consumers plan to cut back spending in other areas to cover back-to-school purchases.

Total back-to-school spending this year is matched with 2021’s forecast of $37 billion. Households with children who are K-12 students will spend $864 on average on supplies for the new school year, approximately $15 more than last year. College students and their families will spend around $1,199 on average this year. Electronics remain the top spending category for back-to-school and college shopping.

There are more than 270,000 retail stores in Florida, and one in five jobs is tied to Florida retail. When shoppers “Find It In Florida" and shop local retailers, they help boost the local economy and support community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program at the website.

Visit www.fldoe.org to learn more about what you need to prepare and help your children return to school safely. For a full list of eligible tax-free supplies, please visit FloridaRevenue.com/BacktoSchool.

This year’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was established when Governor DeSantis signed HB 7071 into law on May 6.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $52 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $35 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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Friday, 01 July 2022 09:03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 27, 2022
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Tallahassee, FL — The Florida Retail Federation encourages Floridians to take advantage of the cost savings and shop local during the second annual Freedom Week Tax-Free Holiday. Shoppers can make tax-free purchases on a large variety of outdoor and recreational supplies beginning this Friday.

“Now is the time for Floridians to enjoy a discount on summer fun,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Thanks to the leadership of the Florida Legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis, shoppers can once again find tax-free savings on all eligible summer essentials during the 2022 Freedom Week Tax Holiday. Florida retailers are ready to help Floridians find what they need to make the most of their summer. Don’t forget to shop local and “Find It In Florida.” When you support Florida retail stores, you’re supporting Florida jobs and Florida families.”

The tax-free savings of the 2022 Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday includes boating and activity supplies, camping and fishing gear, sporting equipment and entertainment, and more.

The tax holiday begins this Friday, July 1, and runs seven days through Thursday, July 7.

The criteria for tax-free savings on boating and water activities include:

  • The first $75 on the price of boating and water activity supplies;
  • The first $35 on the price of recreational pool tubes, floats, inflatable chairs and pool toys;
  • The first $50 on the price of safety flares;
  • The first $75 on life jackets and coolers;
  • The first $150 on the price of water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, and recreational inflatable water tubes or floats;
  • The first $300 on the price of paddleboards and surfboards;
  • The first $500 on the price of canoes and kayaks;
  • The first $75 on the price of paddles and oars; and
  • The first $25 on the price of snorkels, goggles, and swimming masks.

Floridians may also enjoy tax-free purchases on the following camping supplies:

  • The first $200 on the purchase of tents;
  • The first $50 on the price of sleeping bags, portable hammocks, camping stoves, and collapsible camping chairs; and
  • The first $30 on the price of camping lanterns and flashlights.

Florida shoppers more interested in fishing can find savings on:

  • The first $75 on the price of individual rods and reels; or
  • The first $150 on the price of a set of rods and reels;
  • The first $30 on the price of tackle boxes or bags; and
  • The first $5 on the price of individual bait or fishing tackle; or 
  • The first $10 on the price of multiple bait and tackle items sold together.

Other recreational savings include tax-free purchases such as:

  • Up to the first $15 on the price of sunscreen or insect repellant;
  • The first $100 on a pair of sunglasses;
  • The first $200 on a pair of binoculars;
  • The first $30 on the price of water bottles;
  • The first $50 on the price of hydration packs;
  • The first $250 of the sales price of outdoor gas or charcoal grills;
  • The first $50 of the sales price of bicycle helmets;
  • The first $250 of the sales price of bicycles;
  • The first $100 on residential pool and spa replacement parts;
  • The first $150 on residential pool and spa chemicals; and
  • The first $40 on sports equipment.

Floridians can also save on equipment used for individual or team sports purposes. This does not include clothing or footwear selling for $40 or less.

Other items that you can purchase tax-free include the following events scheduled from July 1 through December 31, 2022:

  • Live music events;
  • Live sporting events;
  • Movies at the movie theater;
  • Entry to a museum, including annual passes;
  • Entry to a state park, including annual passes;
  • Entry to a ballet, play, or musical theatre performance;
  • Season tickets for ballets, plays, music events, or musical theatre performances;
  • Entry to a fair, festival, or cultural event; or
  • Access or use of private and/or membership clubs providing physical fitness facilities.

This year’s Freedom Week Tax-Free Holiday was established when Governor DeSantis signed HB 7071 into law on May 6.

The Florida Retail Federation encourages Floridians to shop local and" Find It In Florida" when browsing for their summer gear. Whether you enjoy camping, fishing, or just relaxing at the beach, when shoppers "Find It In Florida" and shop local retailers, they help boost the local economy and support community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program at the  website.

ABOUT  THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $52 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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Monday, 20 June 2022 16:21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2022
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Governor Ron DeSantis Signed SB 1534 into Florida Statute to Increase Penalties for Organized Retail Theft and Stop Retail Crime Activity in Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Ron DeSantis signed on Friday Senate Bill 1534, Retail Theft, by Senator Jim Boyd and Representative Chuck Clemons into Florida law. 

The new statute defines and applies third-degree and second-degree felonies for individuals or those in consort with one or more persons who commit two or occurring in a limited period of time in various merchant locations. 

"This measure will protect Floridians and Florida retailers by curtailing criminal activity in stores and holding thieves accountable for their actions," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "We are grateful for the support of Governor DeSantis for signing SB 1534 into law and for the leadership of Attorney General Ashley Moody, Senator Jim Boyd and Representative Chuck Clemons to crack down on organized retail crime in Florida."

To read SB 1534, visit:  https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2022/1534.

ABOUT  THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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Thursday, 02 June 2022 09:32

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2022
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Retail Sales This Year Expected to Match 2021 Forecast Despite Growing Inflation Concerns

Tallahassee, FL – This Father's Day, consumers are expected to spend an average of $171.79 to show dad some much-needed love, according to the latest survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

"Shoppers are focused on finding new and creative ways to honor dad this Father's Day," says Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "Remember, Florida retailers are here to provide the perfect gift for the father figures in your lives. When you shop local and 'Find it in Florida', you are helping support your community and local economy."

Three in four (76%) of American adults plan to celebrate the holiday, which falls on Sunday, June 19, this year. Nearly half of shoppers (44%) are prioritizing unique or different gifts this Father's Day, and 37% are looking to create a special memory with their gift.

One-quarter of shoppers plan to give dad a "gift of experience," while 37% are interested in gifting a subscription box this Father's Day.

Shoppers will spend, on average, $32.29 per person to take dad on a special outing to his favorite restaurant. Additional top spending gift categories for Father's Day include: 

  • Clothing - $26.62
  • Gift Cards - $23.02
  • Electronics - $19.32
  • Personal Care - $11.93
  • Home improvement/gardening - $11.60
  • Tools or appliances - $11.03
  • Sporting or leisure items - $9.86
  • Automotive accessories - $8.59
  • Greeting cards - $7.38
  • Books or CDs - $6.05
  • Other - $4.09

Forty percent of Father's Day gifts are expected to be purchased online while 34% of consumers plan to shop at department stores. Tied at 22%, the remaining shoppers will look towards specialty stores or discount stores to find that special item for dad.

This Father's Day, remember to "Find It In Florida" and support local retailers while shopping for dad. Your support for local retail helps boost the local economy and invests in community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program here

For more information on the forecast released by the National Retail Federation, visit: https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/consumers-spend-20-billion-fathers-day-gifts

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.  

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Wednesday, 25 May 2022 12:17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 25, 2022
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2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Runs May 28 Through June 10

Tallahassee, FL — Florida retail stores are stocked up to help Florida families save more and cut costs on hurricane supplies during Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Tax-Free Holiday. This year the holiday has been extended to 14 days beginning on Saturday, May 28, and running through Friday, June 10. 

“This year's forecasts predict an above-average season, with 19 named storms and four major hurricanes,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Florida retailers are prepared to help Florida families find all the supplies they need to weather the hurricane season. Take advantage of the tax-free holiday and additional local sales through June 10. When shopping for hurricane supplies, we encourage you to 'Find It In Florida' and support local retail businesses."

Beginning Saturday, May 28, Florida families can save on the purchase of eligible disaster preparedness items, including: 

  • Portable self-powered light source selling for $40 or less;
  • Certain portable self-powered radios selling for $50 or less;
  • Tarps selling for $100 or less;
  • Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits selling for $100 or less;
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $50 or less;
  • Packages of certain battery types, selling for $50 or less;
  • A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $60 or less;
  • Portable generators selling for $1,000 or less; 
  • Reusable ice selling for $20 or less;
  • Portable power banks selling for $60 or less;
  • Smoke detectors or smoke alarms selling at $70 or less;
  • Fire extinguishers selling at $70 or less;
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors selling at $70 or less;
  • Portable Kennels or pet carriers selling at $100 or less;
  • Dry pet food 15 lbs or less selling at $30 or less;
  • Cans or pouches of pet food selling at $2 or less;
  • Manual can openers selling at $15 or less;
  • Leashes, collars and muzzles selling at $20 or less;
  • Collapsible or travel-sized food/water bowls selling at $15 or less;
  • Cat litter 25 lbs or less selling at $25 or less;
  • Cat litter pans selling at $15 or less;
  • Pet waste disposable bags selling at $15 or less;
  • Pet pads selling at $20 or less;
  • Hamster or rabbit substrate selling at $15 or less; and
  • Pet beds selling at $40 or less. 

This year’s Disaster Preparedness Tax-Free Holiday was established when Governor DeSantis signed HB 7071 into law on May 6. The legislation was championed by Budget Chairs Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Jay Trumbull, and the tax-free holiday was a priority of Sen. Joe Gruters and Sen. Keith Perry and Rep. Bobby Payne.

This hurricane season, the FRF encourages shoppers to "Find It In Florida" and shop at local retailers. Supporting local retail helps boost the local economy and supports Florida jobs. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program at the website

Florida’s hurricane season begins June 1. Floridians can visit FloridaDisaster.org to learn more about how to prepare and what supplies are needed.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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MAY 6, 2022
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HB 7071 Establishes Four Tax-Free Holidays for Floridians to Stock Up and Save

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Ron DeSantis today signed  HB 7071 continuing historic tax holidays and establishing a new holiday or consumers to save on essentials.

The law renews three historic sales tax holidays for Florida consumers to prepare for hurricane season, cut costs on outdoor and recreational activities in Florida, and save on back-to-school shopping. In addition, a new tax holiday, known as "Tool Time,” provides opportunities for skilled workers to save on essential equipment.

"Thank you to Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for your continued support of tax relief for Florida residents, families and trade workers," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "Florida's tax-free holidays cut costs for Floridians and allow them to invest in home protection, save on family fun, stock up for school and pursue trade opportunities."

The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will run over 14 days, beginning on May 28 through June 10. Floridians will find these hurricane preparation supplies to be tax-free:

  • Portable self-powered light source selling for $40 or less;
  • Certain portable self-powered radios selling for $50 or less;
  • Tarps selling for $100 or less;
  • Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits selling for $100 or less;
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $50 or less;
  • Packages of certain battery types, selling for $50 or less;
  • A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $60 or less;
  • Portable generators selling for $1,000 or less; 
  • Reusable ice selling for $20 or less;
  • Portable power banks selling for $60 or less;
  • Smoke detectors or smoke alarms selling at $70 or less;
  • Fire extinguishers selling at $70 or less;
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors selling at $70 or less;
  • Portable Kennels or pet carriers selling at $100 or less;
  • Dry pet food 15 lbs or less selling at $30 or less;
  • Cans or pouches of pet food selling at $2 or less;
  • Manual can openers selling at $15 or less;
  • Leashes, collars and muzzles selling at $20 or less;
  • Collapsible or travel-sized food/water bowls selling at $15 or less;
  • Cat litter 25 lbs or less selling at $25 or less;
  • Cat litter pans selling at $15 or less;
  • Pet waste disposable bags selling at $15 or less;
  • Pet pads selling at $20 or less;
  • Hamster or rabbit substrate selling at $15 or less; and
  • Pet beds selling at $40 or less. 

Florida's 2022 Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday will take place July 1 through July 7 to encourage residents to enjoy time outdoors. The measure helps support local retail businesses and entertainment and boosts Florida's economy. Tax-free items include the following events scheduled from July 1 through December 31, 2022: 

  • Live music events;
  • Live sporting events;
  • Movies at the movie theater;
  • Entry to a museum, including annual passes;
  • Entry to a state park, including annual passes;
  • Entry to a ballet, play, or musical theatre performance;
  • Season tickets for ballets, plays, music events, or musical theatre performances;
  • Entry to a fair, festival, or cultural event; or
  • Access or use of private and/or membership clubs providing physical fitness facilities.

The holiday also includes tax-free purchases on Florida-related recreational supplies, including boating and water activity, camping, fishing, general outdoor supplies and sports equipment. 

The criteria for tax-free savings on boating and water activities include:

  • The first $75 on the price of boating and water activity supplies;
  • The first $35 on the price of recreational pool tubes, floats, inflatable chairs and pool toys;
  • The first $50 on the price of safety flares;
  • The first $150 on the price of water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, and recreational inflatable water tubes or floats;
  • The first $300 on the price of paddleboards and surfboards;
  • The first $500 on the price of canoes and kayaks;
  • The first $75 on the price of paddles and oars; and
  • The first $25 on the price of snorkels, goggles, and swimming masks.
  • The first $75 on life jackets and coolers;

Floridians may also enjoy tax-free purchases of the following camping supplies:

  • The first $200 on the purchase of tents;
  • The first $50 on the price of sleeping bags, portable hammocks, camping stoves, and collapsible camping chairs; and
  • The first $30 on the price of camping lanterns and flashlights.

Florida shoppers more interested in fishing can find savings on:

  • The first $75 on the price of individual rods and reels; or
  • The first $150 on the price of a set of rods and reels;
  • The first $30 on the price of tackle boxes or bags; and
  • The first $5 on the price of individual bait or fishing tackle; or  
  • The first $10 on the price of multiple bait and tackle items sold together. 

Other recreational savings include tax-free purchases such as: 

  • Up to the first $15 on the price of sunscreen or insect repellant;
  • The first $100 on a pair of sunglasses;
  • The first $200 on a pair of binoculars;
  • The first $30 on the price of water bottles;
  • The first $50 on the price of hydration packs;
  • The first $250 of the sales price of outdoor gas or charcoal grills;
  • The first $50 of the sales price of bicycle helmets; 
  • The first $250 of the sales price of bicycles;
  • The first $100 on residential pool and spa replacement parts;
  • The first $150 on residential pool and spa chemicals; and
  • The first $40 on sports equipment.

Floridians can also save on equipment used for individual or team sports purposes. This does not include clothing or footwear selling for $40 or less.

The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled from July 25 through August 7. Florida families will be eligible to purchase clothing and school supplies without paying sales tax. School-related items include: 

  • Clothing and shoes, priced $100 or less per item; 
  • Backpacks, handbags and wallets, priced $100 or less per item; 
  • School supplies, priced $50 or less per item;
  • Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles, selling for $30 or less; and
  • Personal computers or personal computer-related accessories, priced up to $1,500.

The latest addition is the "Tool Time" Sales Tax Holiday, scheduled from September 3 through September 9. Florida skilled trade workers will be eligible to purchase tools and items related to their careers without paying sales tax. Tax-free "Tool Time" items include: 

  • Hand tools selling for $50 or less;
  • Power tools selling for $300 or less;
  • Power tool batteries selling for $150 or less;
  • Work gloves selling for $25 or less;
  • Safety glasses selling for $50 or less; 
  • Protective coveralls selling for $50 or less; 
  • Work boots selling for $175 or less;
  • Tool belts selling for $100 or less;
  • Duffle/tote bags selling for $50 or less;
  • Toolboxes selling for $75 or less;
  • Toolboxes for vehicles selling for $300 or less;
  • Industry textbooks and codebooks selling for $125 or less;
  • Electrical voltage and testing equipment selling for $100 or less;
  • LED flashlights and shop lights selling for $50 or less;
  • Handheld pipe cutters, drain opening tools and plumbing inspection equipment selling for $100 or less; and
  • Shop lights selling for $100 or less.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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