Holiday season off and running
NRF numbers show a strong start
News and notes from around the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • We go to print today after the official kick-off of the holiday shopping season. 
  • At CRN, we know how important this time of the year is for all of you and are here to help if any issue arises that you think we can be helpful on. Please feel free to email CRN President Tim Phelan directly at 
  • We send our best to all of you during the holiday shopping season. 


NRF numbers show a strong start

  • After the Thanksgiving weekend, National Retail Federation President Matthew Shay held a press briefing where he reviewed the overwhelmingly positive numbers for the start of the season. 
  • We know that it is only the start, and that the holiday shopping season will have some ups and downs, but it looks like consumers are in the mood to do some shopping. 
  • You can see more about the NRF numbers by going here.  


News and notes from around the State Capitol

  • Hours after withdrawing regulations to incrementally phase out the sale of new gas-powered vehicles in Connecticut, Gov. Lamont and legislative proponents signaled this week they would continue to prioritize its eventual adoption.  Details reported by CTNewsJunkie here.
  • The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has approved electricity supply rates that, while they are more than what customers are currently paying, reflect a decrease from last winter.  CTNewsJunkie reports on the action taken by PURA here
  • State officials have presented a draft settlement agreement to parties involved in Yale New Haven Health’s bid to purchase three Connecticut hospitals owned by Prospect Medical Holdings.  As discussions continue, CT Mirror has the latest on the pending purchase here
  • Gov. Lamont and First Lady Annie Lamont will host an annual holiday open house at the Governor’s Residence in Hartford over two days next week.  CTNewsJunkie reports on the open house plans here.


News and notes from around the state

  • A new Mayor – Roberto Alves – was sworn in to lead the city of Danbury, the first Democrat since 1999.  Details from the Danbury News-Times here.  
  • Home prices in Connecticut climbed by nearly 10% between the third quarter of 2022 and the third quarter of 2023, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index, the fourth highest increase in the nation. Details reported by CTNewsJunkie here
  • Enrollment this year in health insurance plans sold on Connecticut’s exchange has been brisk. There’s been an uptick in enrollment and the state is ahead of where they were last year at this time.  CTNewsJunkie has the numbers here
  • A potential merger between two of the nation’s largest health insurers – CIGNA and Humana – would create yet another massive health care company.  The potential impacts are highlighted by Axios here
  • DirecTV and the owner of Fox61 and WCCT failed to reach a new retransmission agreement this week that would have allowed the two Connecticut television stations to remain available to Connecticut subscribers of the satellite television provider.  Details from Connecticut Post here
  • Hallmark movies filmed in Connecticut are abundant during the holiday season on the national network.  CT Post has the growing line-up detailed here