Retailers: Shutdown Could Set Economy Back

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement as the federal government approaches a shutdown.

“Our economy continues to move ahead, however, there are still underlying concerns on the horizon regarding future overall growth and lasting inflation. The retail industry has played a pivotal role in ensuring American families have access to the essential items they need, and an unforced error right now that leads to a government shutdown has the potential to set the economy back by inserting an unnecessary level of uncertainty into the mix.

“The ability for U.S. commerce to operate at full capacity requires our government to do the same. We urge congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle and the president to remain engaged and working towards a swift resolution that keeps the federal government open and operational.”


RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
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