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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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Oil boom and housing bust alter U.S. spending trends

WASHINGTON | North Dakotans, enriched by an oil boom, stepped up their spending at triple the national pace in the three years that followed the Great Recession. In Nevada, smacked hard by the housing bust, consumers barely increased their spending.

August 07, 2014 3:27 pm
US consumer credit increases at slower pace June

US consumer credit increases at slower pace June

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2007 file photo, credit card decals adorn a store window in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The Federal Reserve reports on consumer borrowing data for June 2014 on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

August 07, 2014 2:25 pm
CONSUMERS: Healthy outlook for consumer spending

CONSUMERS: Healthy outlook for consumer spending

Consumer spending is healthy and should remain so for the rest of the year, said Connie Kann, area director of the Better Business Bureau.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
Optimism blooming among Board of Economist members

Optimism blooming among Board of Economist members

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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CONSUMERS: Fourth quarter brings consumer spending increase

CONSUMERS: Fourth quarter brings consumer spending increase

Locally, consumer spending saw a slight increase in the fourth quarter of 2013.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am

Tepid U.S. retail sales raising doubts about economy

WASHINGTON | Bleaker outlooks at retailers like Wal-Mart and Macy's are raising doubts that consumers will spend enough in coming months to lift the still-subpar U.S. economy.

August 15, 2013 4:53 pm

US consumer spending, income jump in February

WASHINGTON | U.S. consumers stepped up spending in February after their income jumped, aided by a stronger job market that offset some of the drag from higher taxes. The gains led economists to predict stronger economic growth at the start of the year.

March 29, 2013 4:34 pm
COMMERCE: Higher levels of confidence among business boosting chamber coffers

COMMERCE: Higher levels of confidence among business boosting chamber coffers

Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce President Rex Richards said the chamber has been the beneficiary of a "loosening up" of funds from Northwest Indiana businesses, a sign regional economic conditions are improving.

May 27, 2012 12:00 am
COMMERCE: Big project hoping to bring opportunities for development

COMMERCE: Big project hoping to bring opportunities for development

Valparaiso economic development official Rex Richards said with construction activity on the new Porter hospital tailing off later this year, other projects should be ready to provide a boost to the area.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am

Economy grew modest 2.8 pct. in Q4, best in 2011

Americans spent more on cars and trucks, and companies restocked their shelves at the strongest pace in nearly two years, helping the U.S. economy reach its fastest growth rate of last year.

January 27, 2012 9:20 am
SMALL BUSINESS: Companies hanging on, aim to up advertising

SMALL BUSINESS: Companies hanging on, aim to up advertising

There's a "critical mass" of small businesses in the area, especially in Porter County, that are making it through the tough economic times and are hoping for growth, Rex Richards said.

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Bernanke puzzled by weak consumer spending

WASHINGTON | Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he's surprised by how cautious consumers have been in the two years since the recession officially ended. But the Fed chief offered no hint of any steps the Fed would take to boost the weak economy.

September 09, 2011 12:00 am

Shoppers lift U.S. economy, if they keep spending

Consumers spent more on cars, furniture, electronics and other goods in July, and more in May and June than previously thought. If it keeps up, the economy might rebound after growing in the first half of 2011.

August 12, 2011 8:35 pm

U.S. service sector grew in June, but at slower pace

WASHINGTON | The U.S. service sector, which employs nearly 90 percent of the country's work force, expanded for a 19th consecutive month in June. But growth slowed from May, a sign the economy remains sluggish.

July 07, 2011 12:00 am

Economy grew slightly faster 1.9 pct. in Q1

The U.S. economy expanded a little faster at the beginning of the year than previously estimated. But the growth rate was still anemic and economists don't see that changing much in the coming months.

June 24, 2011 11:45 am
SMALL BUSINESS: Firms show interest in NWI despite challenges

SMALL BUSINESS: Firms show interest in NWI despite challenges

Businesses that have cash available are scouting whether to add or expand Northwest Indiana locations with increased frequency because of improved economic conditions, Rex Richards said.

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Hiring likely to boost spending despite gas prices

Consumers as a whole will likely spend more this year-but not because we'll all be earning more money. Even people lucky enough to get a raise will likely spend most of those extra dollars to pay higher gas and food prices.

April 30, 2011 5:15 pm

August retail sales up 0.4 pct., best in 5 months

WASHINGTON | Retail sales rose in August by the largest amount in five months, adding to evidence that a late spring economic swoon was temporary and not the start of another recession.

September 14, 2010 10:01 am

Stocks fall for 4th day after retail sales report

NEW YORK | Stocks extended their losing streak to four days Friday after a mixed batch of readings on consumers further muddled investors' sense of the economy.

August 13, 2010 3:41 pm
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