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Local farmers are starting their planting operations with optimism for the growing season.
Broad strength in the construction market is keeping local trades workers employed and leading to a backlog of work for contractors in some areas.
The first quarter in local higher education took a hit from Mother Nature.
The worst winter in memory held home sales back, but all signs are the warming weather will bring stronger home sales as the year goes on.
One of the main components of the Affordable Care Act took effect Jan. 1, requiring Americans to have some form of health coverage.
With U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky in the room, members of the Times Board of Economists were not shy in talking about government regulations they have to deal with on a daily basis.
Heavy snowfall and bone-chilling cold hampered auto sales in January and February, but sales are still strong, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.
Interest rates remain low, making it an ideal time for businesses to borrow money to expand or acquire other companies, said Horizon Bank executive vice president David Rose.
With one of the harshest winters in recent memory behind them, Northwest Indiana casino operators are looking to up their game while keeping an eye on developments in Illinois.
With renewed interest in national retailers and a recent groundbreaking for a manufacturing facility, commerce in Porter County is looking up, said Rex Richards, executive director of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
Consumer spending is healthy and should remain so for the rest of the year, said Connie Kann, area director of the Better Business Bureau.
Winter weather did not stop people from seeking entertainment locally. If anything, it was an escape for those holed up in their home for days, said Charlie Blum, president and CEO of Star Plaza in Merrillville.
Lake County taxpayers are now experiencing the gain that helps make up for the pain caused by county's recently instituted income tax.
The fuel business is holding steady after rebounding from a slow start.
The continuing pattern of decreased hospital inpatient admissions, along with increased fees under a hospital assessment fee program, paint a bleak picture for the hospital industry in 2014, said Gene Diamond, Franciscan Alliance Northern Ind…
The stock market had an incredible year last year and started 2014 with a bang, said Mark Ennes, a wealth management adviser for the Merrill Lynch's Merrillville office.
The grocery industry is prospering, even though the greater Chicago market is crowded with competition, Strack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said.
A Hammond service center, which is one of the largest distributors of tin mill and coated steel products, is starting to see 5 to 6 percent increases in sales.
Pent up demand is resulting in increased sales for retailers, as the public thaws out from a long winter by opening purses and wallets.
With Region residents snowed in for part of the start of 2014, retail struggled.
People are returning to Chicago events and using the South Shore to get there, in a hopeful sign that ridership declines may finally reverse this year on the commuter railroad.
Demand for steel was relatively flat in the United States in 2013, but AcrelorMittal is expecting a 4 percent increase in demand and shipments this year.
Soaring beef prices are the latest challenge to confront the restaurant industry, which is facing market and political forces unlike any in recent memory.
With one of the harshest winters in recent memory now past, local media is heating up.
The severe winter weather kept energy suppliers in the United States busy but disruptions to customers appear to have been kept to a minimum.
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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