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TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: U.S. energy boom benefits spread far and wide

TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: U.S. energy boom benefits spread far and wide

The United States' energy boom is benefiting all sectors of the economy, helping fuel an economic recovery that is finally producing jobs at a healthy clip and bringing down unemployment.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

EDUCATION: Economic recovery leads to drop in higher ed enrollment

EDUCATION: Economic recovery leads to drop in higher ed enrollment

Signs of economic recovery could lead to a drop in higher education enrollment.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

MEDIA: Business investment driving sales forward

MEDIA: Business investment driving sales forward

Businesses are feeling confident again and looking to reach more customers through radio on both the airwaves and its digital platforms.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

ENERGY: Summer takes it easy on energy prices

ENERGY: Summer takes it easy on energy prices

The United State's energy mix continues to change in the face of environmental regulations, the shale gas boom and market requirements.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

TRANSPORTATION: Rail moving nation into recovery

The South Shore commuter railroad appears to be turning the corner on ridership declines, with peak weekday and weekend ridership both besting last year's for several months in a row.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: Higher meat prices not expected to drop anytime soon

TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: Higher meat prices not expected to drop anytime soon

Limited supply has driven up the cost of meat, with no expected drop in the near future.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

FUEL: Gas prices fell after Midwest boosted output

FUEL: Gas prices fell after Midwest boosted output

An overabundance of supply caused West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil and Gasoline prices to fall over the last three months.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

AUTOMOTIVE: Dealerships busy with recalls, looking to retain customers

AUTOMOTIVE: Dealerships busy with recalls, looking to retain customers

Auto sales have been pretty good as Chevrolet continues its run as the top-selling vehicle brand in Chicagoland, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

BANKING: Mortgage lending, home prices rising

BANKING: Mortgage lending, home prices rising

The economy came out of its winter hibernation during the second quarter as consumer confidence reached the highest point since 2007, Horizon Bank Executive Vice President David Rose said.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

CONSUMERS: Local consumers spending with caution

CONSUMERS: Local consumers spending with caution

Local consumers are spending with caution, and for good reason, said Connie Kann, area director of the Better Business Bureau.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

INVESTMENTS: Stocks up, capital expenditures expected

INVESTMENTS: Stocks up, capital expenditures expected

Stock prices have been hitting all-time highs despite global uncertainties, said Mark Ennes, a wealth management adviser for the Merrill Lynch's Merrillville office.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

GROCERY: Sector grapples with high unemployment, food stamp cuts

GROCERY: Sector grapples with high unemployment, food stamp cuts

The grocery industry is doing well, but Strack and Van Til stores are faring better in South Lake County, where the unemployment is lower than it is in the northern cities or Illinois.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

MANUFACTURING: Industry's fortunes mirror GDP

MANUFACTURING: Industry's fortunes mirror GDP

Manufacturing continues the slow, steady improvement that has characterized the sector over the last few years, Berlin Metals President Boy Berlin said.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

STEEL: Growth on horizon for steelmakers

STEEL: Growth on horizon for steelmakers

Things are looking up for steelmakers after a rough patch during the economic downturn and a winter weather-chilled first quarter.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

CASINOS: Legislators must take hard look at mature industry

CASINOS: Legislators must take hard look at mature industry

The fast-changing U.S. gaming market is forcing everyone to take a hard look at an industry that has helped struggling communities and fattened state tax coffers for almost two decades in Indiana.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

AGRICULTURE: Crop prices down; weather a factor in local fields

AGRICULTURE: Crop prices down; weather a factor in local fields

Corn, soybeans and wheat have dropped in price nationally, while rainfall in the Region has led to inconsistency among local crops. 

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

CONSTRUCTION: Business strong, inflation weak

CONSTRUCTION: Business strong, inflation weak

Four years of steady improvement have kept construction workers on the job and low price inflation on materials is making life a little easier for for owners and customers.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

COMMERCE: NWI catching the eye of national retailers

COMMERCE: NWI catching the eye of national retailers

Business interest in Northwest Indiana is growing, a sign of good things to come, said Rex Richards, executive director of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

GOVERNMENT: Local governments still concerned about tax impact

GOVERNMENT: Local governments still concerned about tax impact

More capital expenditures and more hiring is anticipated in local government over the next six months, as municipal leaders face ongoing broader issues that have local impact.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

RESTAURANTS: Concerns mount for tight-margin industry

RESTAURANTS: Concerns mount for tight-margin industry

Obamacare mandates, minimum wage proposals, hikes in food prices and high gasoline prices are all challenging restauranteurs.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

REAL ESTATE: Home sales steady for second straight year

REAL ESTATE: Home sales steady for second straight year

An easing of tight credit, better appraisals and an improving economy have bolstered home sales in 2013, with July sales increasing 8.5 percent as compared to the year-ago month.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

Geopolitical turmoil has not yet affected NWI economy

Geopolitical turmoil has not yet affected NWI economy

The refrain has been familiar almost every time The Times Board of Economists has met over the past few years: The economy is improving but slowly, more slowly than anyone would like.

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