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The stock market soared last year, as did some commodity prices, such as for eggs, milk and vegetables.
Gaming companies are taking a close look at the loyalty promoted by their brick-and-mortar casinos, while seeing how the advent of online gaming can also benefit those operations.
The banking sector remains strong despite in dip in mortgage activity and a wave of consolidations, a Northwest Indiana banker said.
Automakers sold about 15.6 million cars last year, the highest number since 2007, when 16.1 million units were sold.
The end of the $3.8 billion BP Whiting Refinery expansion project has cut total construction work hours in the region, but a blossoming of commercial work and other types is filling in the gaps.
Locally, consumer spending saw a slight increase in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Higher education is going through a push-and-pull with attendance and funding.
Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said grocery stores have been doing well, but depend on a healthy economy.
Gas prices fell to their lowest monthly average last year in November, and are expected to continue to decline.
The economy is recovering, but the wealth that has been generated is not being shared widely, a local labor leader said.
Small retailers are beginning to feel like it's 2013 all over again, as well as the year before that and the year before that.
Builders are again constructing new homes in Northwest Indiana and buyers are coming back, driven by many of the same forces propelling the existing-home market forward.
Local media companies continue to look for more ways to engage their audience, with 2014 revenue forecasts providing some comfort there will be opportunities for expansion.
South Shore ridership declined slightly in 2013, but increases in peak ridership in each of the three last months of the year have the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District hopeful for a better 2014.
Manufacturing has been doing fairly well, and should see continued strength going into 2014, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.
Although off to a slow start in 2014, the retail industry is expecting to see a strong first six months.
With shovel-ready sites and expansion of some existing businesses, Porter County is poised for increased development in the coming months.
In agriculture, trends are key. Farmers keep an eye on them to make informed decisions about what to plant, how to plant it, how much to spend and other factors, Porter County farmer Tim Stoner said.
One of the biggest challenges facing the local world of entertainment is discounting.
Uncertainty continues to haunt the restaurant industry, which finds itself facing the sweeping changes mandated by Obamacare and following carefully the national debate on the minimum wage.
The steel industry got a boost from strong car sales in 2013, which hopefully should continue into this year, said Susan Zlajic, manager of government affairs at ArcelorMittal USA Inc.
Investors had reason to celebrate, as last year U.S. stocks posted their best year since 1997.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, continues to be the dominant variable in the health care industry, locally and nationwide.
After months of decline, consumer confidence and spending is on the rise nationally and locally.
There are three buckets of money coming out of Lake County's new income tax, and one will lead to deep property tax cuts for many residents.
Looming uncertainties such as Obamacare and taxes have region business leaders expecting a flat performance from the U.S. economy in the near term and perhaps an economic uptick by year's end.
The gaming market has largely stabilized in Northwest Indiana, with the immediate impact of Illinois moves like slots in bars and the Rivers Casino opening there now fading.
As the economy improves, advertisers are staying loyal to what works, whether that be traditional or new media, said Jennifer Finnerty, Radio One Communications general manager.
Despite the best efforts of Washington politicians to cripple U.S. economic growth, American businesses are overcoming all odds to build a sustained recovery.
A soft economy and government stability worries may actually bolster attendance at shows, concerts and movies.
The continued uncertainty shrouding the Affordable Care Act is leaving many in the health care industry wondering what comes next.
Too many people are still out of work, a local labor leader said.
The manufacturing sector continues to improve, and the steel industry in particular has been buoyed by strong auto sales, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.
Small retailers are already preparing for the holiday season, while still striving to catch the last of summer and back-to-school shoppers.
The base of activity in Northwest Indiana's construction market is broadening, with residential and commercial activity now rebounding after years of lackluster performance.
Continued confusion about the implementation and impact of the Affordable Care Act leaves unanswered questions about what the legislation, also known as Obamacare, means for the health care industry.
Short line railroads like South Shore Freight are powering the nation's rail recovery, with total carloads on short lines up 7.5 percent compared to one year ago, according to Railway Age magazine.
A raised debt ceiling did more than end a federal government shutdown. It should ease people's minds as they do their holiday shopping.
With announcements of economic development coming to Porter County, Rex Richards can't help but be optimistic about the health of that corner of the Region.
Natural gas prices continue to trade within moderate ranges, despite some fears demand from gas-fired electric generating plants might drive up prices during the summer.
Last quarter indications show improvement may be on the horizon in the nonprofit sector.
Auto dealers had been enjoying the highest sales since 2007 until the government shutdown paralyzed many consumers with uncertainty, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group.
Consumer spending, credit card debt and consumer confidence held steady regionally in the third quarter of 2013, and large retailers are cautiously optimistic the fourth quarter will hold steady with holiday buying, said Connie Kann, area dir…
Lake County's last-in-the-state local income tax is now nicking wage earners' paychecks, but they will get something back for their money.
Major financial markets have been performing well, but the shutdown could slow the pace of growth, a Northwest Indiana investment adviser said.
Despite a one-year reprieve for small businesses, Obamacare remains a looming uncertainty for restaurants and others.
Northwest Indiana home sales have increased on a year-over-year basis for 27 straight months due to better consumer confidence, increased employment and low interest rates.
Grocery stores are working to remain relevant to customers, such as by offering more natural foods, said Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson.
With autumn comes harvest, and local yields have been variable.
The banking sector has been improving gradually over the last couple years, and should continue to make positive gains, a Northwest Indiana banker said.
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