Mike Gatti

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has received his share of business awards lately. Fortune magazine named him its 2012 "Businessperson of the Year." Harvard Business Review ranks him as the No. 1 living CEO. Now comes the National Retail Federation and its so-called Gold Award. The trade group's selection of Bezos as retailer of the year may be the most surprising one yet when you consider the fierce rivalry between Amazon and the organization's brick-and-mortar base. Bezos, both admired and feared by "Big Retail," will be honored Monday at the NRF's 102nd annual convention in New York City

More consumers than ever plan to celebrate Halloween, so where are all the Halloween ads? According to the National Retail Federation, seven in 10 Americans plan to celebrate the holiday this year, the most in the survey's 10-year history. Total spending on the holiday is expected to reach $8 billion, with each person spending about $80 on decorations, costumes and candy. "Almost as soon as people bring down their fall and winter apparel from the top shelves in their closets, Halloween becomes top of mind," said Phil Rist, executive vice president of strategic initiatives at BigInsight. "There's certainly pent-up demand

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