A strong December retail sales reading indicates that the economy is moving forward at a nice pace, despite arrant jobs numbers released last Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the Census Bureau, retail and food services sales rose to $431.9 billion in December, up 0.2 percent from November 2013 and 4.1 percent from the same period in 2012.
Small business optimism edged up in July, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index increased 0.6 point to 94.1 last month, recouping most of June’s decline, and was the fourth highest reading since December 2007, when the economy slipped into recession.
Retailers saw gains in July, specifically in many back-to-school categories like clothing and sporting goods, as July retail sales excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from June and increased 5.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year. July marks 13 consecutive months of retail sales gains, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reports. July retail […]
The National Retail Federation (NRF) pegged retail job gains at 37,000 in July, with increases in general merchandise, food and beverage, and building and garden supply stores.
For the Kole brothers, co-presidents of Kole Imports, the ASD show in August is an opportunity to reassess their rebranding efforts since adding closeouts to the company’s inventory.
The House Small Business Committee reviews the role of the Federal government in expanding internet access to small businesses.
A recent study finds that entrepreneurs who launched businesses after 2008 are making bigger decisions and using more technology.
Throughout the month of July, communities all over the world celebrate independent businesses and their role in shaping culture.
For many store owners it was an early spring, with warm weather and high demand for spring fashions, and retailers saw a clear boost in revenue. From discount and department stores to smaller brick and mortars, retailers reported better than expected sales in March, a sign that Americans are feeling better about the economy. And […]
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