"Following a deliberative process, RILA and NRF have ended discussions aimed at merging the two organizations," reports a statement filed by both organizations. "NRF and RILA will devote all resources to continuing the work they are each doing to address the serious issues that America's consumers and retailers are facing in today's economic environment."
Retail trade association NRF of Washington has a membership of about 2,500 from all retail formats. Arlington, Va.-based RILA includes more than 200 members from retail suppliers to mass chains.
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