Retail Associations End Merger Talks

The National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association have agreed to end discussions of a merger, a little more than two months after the trade groups announced their respective executive committees had unanimously agreed to a partnership in principle.

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association have agreed to end discussions of a merger, a little more than two months after the trade groups announced their respective executive committees had unanimously agreed to a partnership in principle.

Neither NRF, which represents retailers of multiple sizes and disciplines, nor RILA — comprised mainly of big-box store operators — provided reasons that the merger failed. In a joint statement,

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