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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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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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 6, 2022
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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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