Obama to open middle-class jobs, opportunity tour Aiming to show he's still focused on creating jobs, President Barack Obama is beginning a series of quick trips around the country to resurrect ideas from his State of the Union address that became overshadowed by the intense debates over gun control, immigration and automatic spending cuts. More
Retailers report modest gains for April Americans spent briskly during the early spring months in the latest sign that they’re encouraged by the economic recovery. Falling gas prices, a rallying stock market and gains in the job market all fueled Americans’ shopping habits even as cold weather tempered their desire to buy spring fashions. More
US home building is surging, but job growth isn't The resurgent U.S. housing market has sent builders calling again for Richard Vap, who owns a drywall installation company. Vap would love to help - if he could hire enough qualified people. "There is a shortage of manpower," says Vap, owner of South Valley Drywall in Littleton, Colo. More
Auto Sales Drive U.S. Retail Spending Higher In December Q3's solid 3.5% advance. The Atlanta Fed's nowcast for economic activity in the last three months (prior to today's retail sales data) was 2.9% while the New York Fed's January 6 projection sees a weaker 1.9% rise. Despite the worries that December's sales ... 01/13/2017 - 10:21 am | View Link
U.S. retail sales raise less than expected in December WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. retail sales rose less than expected in December, pointing to a weaker economic growth in the final quarter of 2016, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Retail sales edged up 0.6 percent from the previous month to ... 01/13/2017 - 8:43 am | View Link
Retail Sales Weaker Than Expected in December Once again, automobile sales saved the day for December's retail sales. Motor vehicles and parts dealers' sales were up 2.4 percent in the last month of 2016 to close the year up 6.8 percent, helping boost the retail sales number for both periods. 01/13/2017 - 3:00 am | View Link
U.S. Retail Sales Picked Up in December on Motor Vehicle Demand More from Bloomberg.com: Apple Is Becoming HBO Eight of 13 major retail categories showed gains ... stations were little changed in December, weaker than the median forecast for a 0.4 percent gain. Sales at auto dealers increased 2.4 percent last month ... 01/13/2017 - 2:51 am | View Link
Cars, Gasoline Lifted US Retail Sales 0.6% in December ... Services Index measure the short-term performance of retail and F&B service industries based on their sales records. Underlying sales, excluding autos, rose 0.2% for the month, which was weaker than the expected gain of 0.5% and followed a 0.3% gain ... 01/13/2017 - 2:15 am | View Link
Economic News Friday, 6 Jan 2017 | 8:44 AM ET. Payrolls grew by 156,000 in December, closing out a year in which employment growth moderated and the economy showed signs of ... 01/10/2017 - 4:22 am | View Website
Automotive Retail Wednesday, 4 Jan 2017 | 1:48 PM ET. DETROIT, Jan 4- Sales of new cars and trucks in the United States likely set new records for December and the full year ... 01/9/2017 - 8:08 pm | View Website
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Retail Sales Report Announcements. With the release of the December Advance Monthly Retail Trade Report on January 13, 2017, the presentation of the release will change. 01/8/2017 - 1:57 pm | View Website
Retail Sales report Table 1. Estimated Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services, by Kind of Business (Total sales estimates are shown in millions of dollars and are based on data from ... 01/5/2017 - 9:24 pm | View Website
Mecklenburg County commissioners will hear from the public for the first time next week on a proposed taxpayer investment in a soccer stadium — and could vote on the matter a couple of days later, the county manager confirmed in an interview Thursday. In addition, the private investors in the team would increase their commitment to 50 percent of the estimated $175 million construction cost while local government would contribute 12.5 percent less than previously negotiated.
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A convenience store and gas station chain has more sites under contract in the Miami Valley.
Casey's General Store (NASDAQ:CASY), based near Des Moines, Iowa, has been targeting small towns in the Dayton region and now has sites under contract in Tipp City and in Jackson Center.
The Dayton Business Journal previously reported the convenience chain also has locations planned in New Lebanon, north of Greenville and in Fort Loramie, which is in Shelby County.
Casey's General Store bills itself as…
Denver hotels enjoyed a pretty good year in 2016, with all but one key metric rising.
According to research by hotel research firm STR Inc., only the city's hotel occupancy rate fell last year, dropping to 73.7 percent from 75.6 percent a year earlier.
But other metrics improved: The average daily rate (ADR) rose to $127.39 from $120.78 in 2015, a 5.5 percent increase; Revenue per available room (RevPAR) rose to $93.83 from $91.29 in 2015, an increase of 2.8 percent; and total revenue rose to $1.51…
Starbucks Corp. has upgraded its paid parental leave plan for U. S. employees to at least 12 weeks of unpaid leave and as much as 18 weeks of fully paid leave.
The move comes after Starbucks made other investments in its employees in 2016. Considered a tech company by many, Starbucks is expanding benefits after Microsoft, Amazon and other tech companies changed family leave policies amid intense competition to attract and retain employees.
Some of the changes Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) made last year…