Retail | Inflation

Retail | Inflation

Note: Find more resources on the Gas Prices page.

National Retail Federation
This site offers many stats and studies on shopping trends.
Site features holiday shopping statistics.

Price charts on thousands of Amazon products.

Amazon price checker. Good alternative to Keepa.
Product reviews and research galore.

National Retail Security Survey 2021
Part of Amazon, this site consistently delivers good deals on products.
Find the best sales at major retail stores.
This site comparison shops for you.
Site measures online and offline shopping habits.

eMarketer Insider Intelligence
Has holiday shopping projections/stats.

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AP: Financial Markets Topical Guide
Explains several terms in relation to inflation, the economy, stock market and more.

Trading Economics
Provides accurate information for 196 countries including historical data and forecasts for more than 20 million economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices. Our data is based on official sources, not third party data providers, and our facts are regularly checked for inconsistencies.

Moody’s Inside Economics
Stories and indexes tracking the economy. Could be good for sourcing stories as well.

A free, Webby-award-winning product search engine that automatically compares products, prices, and gathers trustworthy reviews in one place. The Chrome extension works on Amazon, so you can see independent product reviews, rather than just random people’s comments. Handy on Black Friday or anytime you’re overwhelmed with options.

The Balance: Small Business
The US retail industry does a half-trillion dollars in annual sales and drives the economy. Learn more about the industry with up-to-date news and analysis, statistics, openings and closings, and historical information about US and global retail chains.
Spot and avoid shady sellers, products with dishonest reviews and scam websites for free with Fakespot for Chrome, Firefox, iOS and Android. Uses AI technology.

A coupon code site covering thousands of online stores.


The Consumer Price Index impacts many things: rent, cars, food, utilities, Social Security increases, child support, etc. explains the three types of inflation and how to calculate it. For more inflation resources, visit the Toolbox’s Gas Prices page.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Consumer Price Index Home Page

BLS: Consumer Price Index Database

BLS: CPI Inflation Calculator

West Egg Inflation Calculator
Calculate increases in prices over the years.

Economic Policy Institute
Studies on inflation and other economic changes.

The Beige Book
Known as the Beige Book, the “Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District” is published eight times a year and summarizes information on current economic conditions gathered from a variety of sources in each district. Useful for covering national and local economies, inflation and more.

Economic Policy Institute: Inflation and Policy Response in 2022

Columbia Journalism Review: How Not to Report on Inflation

Poynter: What Journalists Should Look for in Inflation Figures

The Journalist’s Resource: People Trust Inflation Forecasts from the Fed More Than Traditional News Stories

Roosevelt Institute: Rethinking Inflation Policy: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery

National Federation of Independent Business
Covers small business needs and has studies on prices and inflation.

Google Public Data Explorer
Create quick BLS and other business graphics.

Africa Data Hub: Reporting on Inflation? Here’s How to Track It in Africa

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Journalist’s Resource: Six Tips for Reporting on Supply Chain Disruptions and Holiday Shopping

Journalist’s Resource: Covering Black Friday

Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism: Covering Supply Chain Issues
From December 2021.

Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism: Covering Black Friday

The Journalist’s Resource: 4 Things Journalists Should Know When Covering an Economic Downturn

Nieman Lab: Can We Make it Easier for Readers to Digest Numbers?

Bloomberg: Covering Black Friday — The New Olympics

The Toy Association: National Toy of the Year Award

This to That: How to Fix Things
How to fix broken things. Handy during the holidays.

The Journalist’s Resource: Regional Federal Reserve Banks: The Ultimate Guide
Regional Fed banks regularly produce national and local research that can help contextualize stories, and bank economists are often willing to talk with journalists.

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