The National Retail Federation says tariffs remain a threat.
Retailers are rushing to bring merchandise into the country.
The National Retail Federation said the tariffs amount to doubling down on the recklessness.
The spending is nearly as high as last year’s.
NRF says now is the time to get back to the negotiating table with China.
Consumers spend as tariffs take effect.
However, trade war could become a ‘turning point’ in confidence.
The U.S. tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods are set to take effect Friday.
The expectation comes despite the tariff debate.
The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.