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• The National Retail Federation (NRF) said yesterday that "retail industry employment increased by 39,400 jobs in January over December, making up nearly a fifth of the 227,000 jobs added to the nation’s economy ... The retail numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants."

The report goes on to say that "retail results by business lines saw gains across all categories except general merchandise. Outsized gains were seen in clothing and accessories even after a strong December gain of 17,000 jobs in the same category."

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation said yesterday that its new fundraising event, Stir It Up!, raised $1,032,000 in support of the Foundation's programs in food safety, nutrition and health at FMIs 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference.  This was the highest amount ever raised at a FMI Foundation event.
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