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Retail Experiences Strongest Holiday Shopping Season in 6 Years

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American consumers were out in droves over the holiday shopping season, providing the strongest growth in the last six years, according to CNN Business. In fact, retail spending from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24 increased 5.1 percent from a year ... Read More »

5 States Seeking Film Industry Glory Through Incentives

              Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Chad Husted, chusted@nrha.org The most famous Hollywood might be in California, but the economic impact of the film and TV industry has expanded well ... Read More »

Federal Changes to Housing Affordability

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Homeownership benefits home improvement retailers for clear reasons, including the fact that homeowners maintain and upgrade their houses with products retailers sell. Buying, though, is more difficult than it used to be, due to high prices and a limited number ... Read More »

Q&A: A Perspective on Home Sales, Remodeling and Construction

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Paul Bishop is the vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors® and leads the research division’s survey and market research activities, which include analyzing real estate business and policy issues. He took questions from Hardware Retailing magazine about the ... Read More »

Retail and Manufacturing Lead 2018 Hiring Boom

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Heading into 2018, economists expected hiring to slow due to a tight labor market, as a below-4 percent unemployment rate would make finding workers difficult for businesses. According to The Wall Street Journal, “the opposite has occurred, largely due to ... Read More »

Home Renovations Contribute to Retail Hiring

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Trends in home renovations have contributed to recent growth in the number of new retail jobs in the U.S., the Chicago Tribune reports. “Building-material stores hired more than 10,000 workers in February to keep up with booming demand,” the news ... Read More »

Fourth-Quarter 2017 Shows Uptick for Economy

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The year 2017 ended on a positive note for the U.S. economy, with fourth-quarter results showing growth in consumer confidence and in the housing and manufacturing sectors. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which is the only leading economic indicator included ... Read More »

NFIB Event Shines Spotlight on Small Business

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The Indiana arm of National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) hosted its 2018 Small Business Day at the Capitol event in Indianapolis on Feb. 21. The event drew NFIB members from across the state to hear economic analysis, an overview ... Read More »