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6 Retail Experts to Follow This Holiday Season

Danielle Cassagnol, Industry Communications Specialist, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
More U.S. consumers than ever — roughly 170 million people — plan to buy tech gifts this holiday season, according to CTA’s holiday research. Fueled by that jump, holiday spending on tech will increase 3.1 percent to reach $36 billion during the 2016 holiday season. 
The holidays are stressful enough already, so here are six retail reporters you can follow on Twitter who’ll keep you up-to-date during this important shopping season:
  1. @philwahba, Fortune
Phil Wahba is senior writer for Fortune Magazine covering retail and consumer goods. He’s an expert on the holiday retail scene and tells it like it is.
Holiday reporting: E-Commerce Sites Are Set to Hit a Major Milestone This Holiday Season
  1. @sbanjo, Bloomberg Gadfly
Shelly Banjo writes about retail, food and consumer goods at Bloomberg Gadfly offering quick, data-driven commentary about retail news paired with helpful, interactive graphics.
Bonus: her headlines are some of the best in the biz: Lowe's, Woolworths Need Conscious Uncoupling
  1. @CourtReagan, CNBC
Courtney Reagan is a CNBC correspondent and retail reporter. She was the first to round up various groups’ holiday sales forecasts on her Twitter account. Follow her to get the big picture.
  1. @bthau, Forbes
Barbara Thau is a business reporter writing about the intersection of retail and consumer trends for Forbes. She adds smart analysis that comes from covering the retail industry for more than a decade.
Recent “retail meets tech” coverage: Make It Yourself: Lowe's Tests Profit Potential of 3D-Printed, Personalized Products
And we couldn’t make a retail expert list without including these two national retail reporters (making the list for the second year in a row)…
  1. @sarahhalzack, Washington Post
As The Washington Post’s national retail reporter, Sarah Halzack looks at how tech is influencing retail behavior while keeping tabs on the major retail players.
The 2016 holiday coverage you need to know: More People Are Shopping on Phones — But Many Stores Will Struggle to Reap the Benefits
  1. @ADInnocenzio, Associated Press
Covering national retail, Anne D'Innocenzio with The Associated Press is usually breaking retail news. Follow her to hear it first.
Roundup: D’Innocenzi’s extensive coverage
Keep up-to-date with all of CTA’s holiday research throughout the season at