Washington, D.C., Anew survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) indicates that consumer back-to-school spending won’t match last year’s levels. The trade association found that families with school-aged children will spend an average of $443.77 on back-to-school items, 8.2% lower than last year. The NRF estimates total back-to-school spending at $13.39 billion this year, vs. $14.79 billion last year.
The biggest decline will be seen in the electronics category. In the NRF’s research, that segment fell to $2.06 billion from last year’s $3.09 billion. Back-to-school spending on apparel will remain strong. Of the polled families, 93.9% cited plans to buy clothing for the back-to-school season, spending an average of $205.31 on apparel. However, that’s still less than the $219.46 they spent on back-to-school clothes last year.