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Retail sales were down last month

The severe cold weather last month was not just brutal on state residents, but for Michigan’s retail industry as well as sales fell dramatically, based on a new monthy survey from the Michigan Retailers Association. The M-R-A’S February Michigan Retail Index survey shows sales plummeted as the temperature fell below zero repeatedly, with only 31-percent of their members able to increase ...

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Ticket resale bill is discussed

State lawmakers are again considering a measure to legalize ticket scalping in Michigan. The measure, before a state House committee Tuesday, would repeal a 1931 state law that prohibits a person from selling sports or entertainment tickets for a profit without approval from a venue operator. Bill sponsor, House Republican Tim Kelly of Saginaw, says it’s a commonsense measure that ...

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Michigan retail sales survey

Bolstered by a growing economy, Michigan retailers are projecting strong sales in the months ahead, based on a new monthly survey from the Michigan Retailers Association. The M-R-A’S Michigan Retail Index survey in January found 79-percent of retailers expect sales growth in 2015, with the increases averaging two-point-four percent. The results compare with 58-percent of retailers projecting 2014 sales growth averaging ...

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Free furniture for some customers

Some furniture shoppers in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are expected to get big refunds because of cooperation from a big snowstorm. Michigan-based Art Van Furniture ran a “Let It Snow” promotion at several Chicago-area stores as well as locations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio. Purchases were made on certain days in January. If it snowed more ...

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Local unemployment rate continues to go down

The December unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by one-tenth of a percent compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 4 percent December unemployment rate was less than November’s 4.1 percent. December’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent less than the same month one year ...

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This may end up in court

Sturgis Township officials said they are prepared to go to court if the owner of an unlicensed salvage yard on White School Road isn’t permanently closed and cleaned. During last month’s meeting, township clerk Mike Bobalik said Southwest Salvage operator Lester Butler’s state license to operate the facility expired in 2013 and was not renewed. According to Bobalik, the township ...

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