NRF joins in worldwide tributes to Steve Jobs

New York City -- Technology devotees and regular Apple fans flocked to Apple stores across the globe to express their sorrow at the death of Steve Jobs.

The Apple co-founder and tech visionary died on Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Impromptu and makeshift memorials were set up outside of many Apple stores. Many people left flowers and notes. At New York City's flagship Fifth Ave. store, someone spray painted "I Love Steve" on a nearby wall. In Paris, two bouquets of pale yellow roses beside the store door.

Jobs’ impact on the retail industry was noted by the National Retail Federation.

"The National Retail Federation and the entire retail industry mourn news of the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs, one of the most innovative leaders of our time who created an iconic retail brand through innovation and design,” said Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO. “In a challenging economy, Jobs and the entire Apple team invented discretionary products that many Americans now consider necessities, from the iPod to the iPhone and the iPad. He leaves behind a legacy that will inspire retail companies for decades to come."

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