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NRF to Host Third Annual “State of Retail & the Consumer”

Industry thought leaders will discuss post-pandemic consumer behavior




(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON — Join NRF for the State of Retail & the Consumer virtual conversation about the health of the American consumer, the U.S. economy and the retail industry.

The program will feature retail industry leaders, prominent economists and consumer experts who will explore the evolution of post-pandemic consumer behavior and provide an economic outlook for 2023. NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., will announce NRF’s annual retail sales forecast.


  • Matthew Shay, President and CEO, NRF
  • Haio Barbeito, President and CEO, Old Navy
  • Kathy Bostjancic, SVP and Chief Economist, Nationwide Mutual
  • Gregory Daco, Chief Economist, EY-Parthenon, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Nikki Frazer, Director of Retail and Digital Strategy, Strategy&, part of the PwC network
  • Pashmeena Hilal, Research Manager and Thought Leadership Lead for the Retail Sector, Google
  • Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., Chief Economist, NRF
  • Anushka Salinas, President and COO, Rent the Runway
  • Jonathan Silver, CEO and Founder, Affinity Solutions

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Members of the press are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session about NRF’s 2023 retail sales forecast immediately following the event from approximately 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET.

Complimentary registration is available to editorial members of the news media. Register here.


For more information or to submit a question in advance, please contact

About NRF

The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail succeed. 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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