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  • 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.

    eMarketer Insider Intelligence
    Has holiday shopping projections/stats.

    For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

    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

    Black Friday History and Statistics

    Drip: Holiday Shopping Statistics

    For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.


    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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