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Though Nielsen research shows that their confidence retreated slightly in February, consumers overall are feeling more upbeat than they have in nearly six years.
The latest study from the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council shows that consumer interest in so-called wearable technology, smartwatches and bracelets designed to make everyday life easier, is growing.
The relentless snow and frigid temperatures that have plagued most of the country this winter didn’t put a damper on Valentine’s Day sales for some jewelers, while others reported that inclement weather kept shoppers at home. National Jeweler gives an overview of the holiday’s sales by region.
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With the economy anticipated to grow at its fastest rate in three years and unemployment dropping, the National Retail Federation predicts retail will be in a “relatively good place” in 2014.
The National Retail Federation predicts that Americans’ post-recession frugality will continue through Valentine’s Day, with slightly fewer consumers expected to purchase jewelry for the holiday.
National Jeweler is calling for retailer participation in its annual post-holiday sales survey, which helps to gauge the health and performance of the jewelry industry.
Holiday retail sales for November and December were up nearly 4 percent this year, keeping with the National Retail Federation’s prediction for the season.
Being a jeweler is reportedly among the least stressful careers to have in 2014, according to a recently released report from CareerCast.com, an online resource for job seekers.
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