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Second- and third-stringers eye 2016 if front-runner stumbles
Topic - Matthew Shay
According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $17.3 billion — or $133.91 each this year — on Valentine’s Day. While up 2.2% from 2013, spending projections are down 6.9% as fewer consumers plan on giving this year.
"We welcome the president's focus on the economy and jobs, but a minimum wage hike runs counter to that goal. Raising the minimum wage would place a new burden on employers at a time when national policy should be focused on removing barriers to job creation, not creating new regulations or mandates," said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation.
“Despite record-breaking online shopping Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, holiday shoppers aren’t done yet; we expect Cyber Monday to be bigger than ever,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a statement.