Materials prices decline while spending enjoys robust recovery

Prices for inputs to construction industries declined 0.1 percent in July after increasing 0.2 percent in June, according to the latest producer price index...

Falling natural gas prices keep materials costs stable

Construction materials prices were unchanged in August but are 1.7 percent higher than this time last year, according to a Sept. 16 producer price...

The slight difference in proactive thinking is money

Have you ever thought about the way you think? How do thoughts just pop into your head? How do you create an idea?Most people...

State retailers project robust holiday shopping season

LANSING — In its most positive forecast since 2012, Michigan’s retail industry sees a stronger holiday shopping season ahead.Two of every three Michigan retailers...

Exports from the Wolverine State surged 10.9 percent in June

International trade predictive analytics, which summarize worldwide merchandise exports, clearly point out an undergoing global economic slowdown.Trade figures, released by the World Trade Organization,...

Exporters suffer poor quarter but better times ahead

Modest gains in worldwide merchandise trade last year marks the third consecutive year of trade growth of less than 3 percent.“Trade growth has been...

Retail sales remain on the chilly side during early spring

LANSING — A hoped-for surge in Michigan retail sales after a long, severe winter never materialized in March, building up expectations for improvement in...

Michigan retailers expect summer sales gains

LANSING — Michigan retailers’ summer sales forecasts remain strong despite a dip in sales in May, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a...

Nonresidential construction spending maintains momentum in October

Nonresidential construction spending expanded in October for the third consecutive month (September's estimate was revised higher than August's), according to analysis of U.S. Census...

Materials prices dip slightly, but still up over last year

Construction materials prices inched down 0.1 percent in September, but rose 1.6 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the U.S....

State’s exporters enjoy significant summer resurgence

According to statistics compiled by the World Trade Organization, growth in global trade continued to grow at a moderate pace in July. In the...

Michigan’s exporters take a significant hit to close summer

According to the latest numbers on international trade flows released by the World Trade Organization, in the first eight months of 2015 the value...

Searching for economic success

In an article for The Atlantic, Seattle entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer writes: “Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment...

Surprising February has retailers feeling more optimistic

LANSING — Michigan retailers boosted their three-month sales forecasts after posting improved sales in February, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a...

Retailers’ holiday sales forecasts blend optimism, caution

LANSING — While Michigan retailers expect better holiday sales this year, their forecasts are a blend of optimism and caution, according to the Michigan...

Michigan’s increase bucks international export trend

International trade continues to stay on the downward trend that began in August 2014. According to the latest snapshot on global trade flows released...

Retail forecasts on the rise despite sluggish sales

LANSING — Michigan retailers’ outlook rose to its most optimistic level in more than nine years in May, following sluggish sales that didn’t keep...

Stronger dollar, weaker global economy impact input prices

The Producer Price Index for inputs to construction industries declined for a fourth consecutive month in October, according to an analysis of the Bureau...

Construction materials prices up for May, down for year

Prices for inputs to construction industries expanded by 1.1 percent in May, the largest month-over-month increase in more than two years and only the...

Policy Forum brings bright minds to the discussion

The West Michigan Policy Forum this week is being conducted amidst some of the best economic news the state has seen in a decade....

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