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Employees are highly engaged in Huntsville, Ala. and Miami but are feeling less workplace love in Las Vegas and Lincoln, Neb., a survey shows. 
Retail spending was up again in the month of July as the economy continues to slowly climb out of the recession and consumers spend on experiences and fine jewelry, which is seen as an investment because of its permanence, over gone-tomorrow material goods, according to MasterCard. 
After a harsh winter that hampered retail sales, the National Retail Federation has revised its retail sales forecast downward for the full year 2014, though it does expect sales to pick up in the second half of the year. 
Search engine marketing continues to be one of the most effective online customer acquisition tactics, a new study of retailers by the National Retail Federation shows.
The generation dubbed the Millennials want honesty in a brand, care about philanthropy, search for deals and constantly are connected via their smartphones. Find out what else Nielsen observed about the generation in a recent study. 
Though it remains a smaller gift-giving holiday than Christmas and Mother’s Day, consumers will continue to spend for Father’s Day this year, opting to splurge more on experiences than material objects. 
Jewelers were happy to see sales heat up for Mother’s Day following a long, brutal winter that kept consumers at home in many parts of the country.
U.S. retail sales of platinum jewelry were up 11 percent in 2013 and are expected to grow another 11 percent this year, the Platinum Guild International said.
U.S. consumers are expected to spend slightly less on mom this Mother’s Day and they will keep practicality in mind when shopping.
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