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• NFL Network’s Good Morning Football is in London for six days starting today (Monday, Oct. 22) leading up to the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game in Wembley Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 28). Good Morning Football will air Monday-Friday (7 AM ET) from Westminster Live Studios. 

• Charles Wang, 74, businessman and former owner of the New York Islanders (2000-16), passed away on Sunday morning. RIP.

• ESPN said it generated its best NBA opening week rating since 2014 on Saturday for LeBron James’ home-opener with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers vs. Rockets game telecast, won by Houston, 124-115, drew a 2.5 metered market rating, also making it the highest-rated NBA regular season game on ESPN since the Warriors 73rd win game in April of 2016.

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1. Venom $35.7 M
2. A Star Is Born $28M
3. First Man $16.6M
4. Goosebumps 2 $16.2M
5. Smallfoot $9.3M
6. Night School $8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale $7.2M
8. The House With A Clock In Its Walls $4M
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NRF Predicts Holiday Spend To Top $7B For The First Time, 550K Seasonal Jobs

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 4, 2018:
The Holidays can’t come soon enough for many people, especially for those in retail who seek to reap the rewards of a pro-active consumer environment.

The National Retail Federation said it expects holiday retail sales in November and December to increase 4.3%-4.8% over 2017 and between $717.45-$720.89 billion.

This would be the first time that holiday spend as tracked by the NRF tops the $7 billion mark.

The forecast — which does not include automobiles, gasoline and restaurants — compares with an average annual increase of 3.9% over the past five years.

Holiday sales in 2017 totaled $687.87 billion, a 5.3% increase over the year before and the largest increase since the 5.2% year-over-year gain seen in 2010.

“While there is concern about the impacts of an escalating trade war, we are optimistic that the pace of economic activity will continue to increase through the end of the year.” Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO, said via the Washington DC-based organization.

“Our forecast reflects the overall strength of the industry. Thanks to a healthy economy and strong consumer confidence, we believe that this holiday season will continue to reflect the growth we’ve seen over the past year.”

There is also good news for the general population.

According to the NRF, “Even with the increasingly tight labor market, retailers have been preparing for their busiest season of the year by hiring extra staff to help meet the demand expected during November and December.”

As part of its forecast, NRF expects retailers to hire between 585,000-650,000 temporary workers this holiday season, up from last year’s 582,500.

Going back 17 years, holiday spend was $416.4 billion in 2002, topped $5 billion for the first time in 2006 ($512.6 billion), and in 2014 surpassed $6 billion ($613.5 billion).

In 2017, leading categories included Electronics and Appliances ($144.4 billion),  Food and Beverage ($128.1 billion), Health and Beauty ($59.3 billion), Clothing ($42.2 billion), Sporting Goods ($9.2 billion) and Jewelry ($9.1 billion).

“Last year’s strong results were thanks to growing wages, stronger employment and higher confidence, complemented by anticipation of tax cuts that led consumers to spend more than expected,” Jack Kleinhenz, NRF chief economist, said in when the report was released this week.

“With this year’s forecast, we continue to see strong momentum from consumers as they do the heavy lifting in supporting our economy. The combination of increased job creation, improved wages, tamed inflation and an increase in net worth all provide the capacity and the confidence to spend.”

NRF said its holiday forecast is based on an economic model using several indicators including consumer credit, disposable personal income and previous monthly retail sales. The number includes online and other non-store sales.

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