General Resources

About.com - Retail Industry - "Even in a sluggish economy, some retailers have double-digit gains because of the strength of their unique selling proposition."

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services - "
ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES FOR RETAIL TRADE AND FOOD SERVICES"

Quarterly Financial Report on Retail Trade - "
The QFR data presented provide up-to-date aggregate statistics on the financial position of U.S. corporations. Based upon a sample survey, the QFR presents estimated statements of income and retained earnings, balance sheets, and related financial and operating ratios for manufacturing corporations with assets of $250,000 and over; and mining, wholesale trade and retail trade corporations with assets of $50 million and over."

RetailWire - "
RetailWire is a uniquely informative and provocative online resource for retail industry professionals. Sign up now for access to the latest retailing news and multi-perspective analysis from our BrainTrust of retail industry experts. "

Stores Retail Deals - "
STORES Retail Deals is a semi-monthly, email newsletter providing coverage of retail industry product and service provider news. "

U.S. Census Bureau  - "
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by our strong and capable workforce, our readiness to innovate, and our abiding commitment to our customers."

Trade Associations

A.R.E - "Association for retail environments"

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) - "Founded in 1957, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its 75,000 members in the U.S., Canada and more than 80 other countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and other professionals as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world."

National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) - "Founded in 1933, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores works to provide the chain drug industry with a unified voice necessary for growth and success. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, NACDS is still dedicated to its original vision: representing the nation's leading retail chain pharmacies and suppliers."

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) - "NACS, the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, was founded August 14, 1961, as the National Association of Convenience Stores. NACS is an international trade association representing more than 2,200 retail and 1,800 supplier company members. NACS member companies do business in nearly 50 countries around the world, with the majority of members based in the United States. The U.S. convenience store industry, with 146,294 stores across the U.S., posted $569 billion in total sales for 2006, with over $405 billion in motor fuels sales."

National Retail Federation (NRF) - "NRF's mission is to advance and protect the interests of the retail industry and to help retailers achieve excellence in all areas of their business."

Point-of-Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) - "POPAI is an international trade association for the marketing at-retail industry. Founded in 1936, POPAI celebrates its 70th anniversary with over 1,700 member companies representing Fortune 500 brand manufacturers and retailers, as well as, marketing at-retail producer companies and advertising agencies from over 45 countries from around the world."

Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA)

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) - "RILA is the home of the world's largest and fastest growing retail and consumer products companies, whose executives participate in RILA for its unique educational forums, its effective public policy advocacy, and its advancement of the retail industry. "

Schools and Universities that teach Retail

Santa Clara University Retail Management Institute - "The Retail Management Institute is part of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. The institute was formed in 1980 by Santa Clara faculty members working with an Advisory Board of leading figures in Northern California retailing."

University of South Carolina Center for Retailing - "
The Department of Retailing offers a Bachelor of Science in Retailing with Specializations in Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising. The program focuses on strong business and liberal arts core. Team building, communications, decision-making, and problem-solving skills are emphasized; 30 industry-specific courses are offered. Faculty and industry experts teach in the classroom."

University of Stirling (UK) Institute for Retail Studies - "
The Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling was established in 1983 to act as a focus for the academic and applied study of the retail industry. It is now one of Europe's largest University based retail institutes and has developed a reputation for offering a range of high quality education and training programmes to the retail sector as well as undertaking research of an international standard."