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Times Board Of Economists

BANKING: Banks doing well despite decline in refinancing

BANKING: Banks doing well despite decline in refinancing

The banking sector remains strong despite in dip in mortgage activity and a wave of consolidations, a Northwest Indiana banker said.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
GROCERY: Northwest Indiana market stable, but Illinois shoppers more demanding

GROCERY: Northwest Indiana market stable, but Illinois shoppers more demanding

Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said grocery stores have been doing well, but depend on a healthy economy.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
MANUFACTURING: Factories expect to see more growth in 2014

MANUFACTURING: Factories expect to see more growth in 2014

Manufacturing has been doing fairly well, and should see continued strength going into 2014, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
INVESTMENTS: U.S. stocks delivered best returns in more than a decade

INVESTMENTS: U.S. stocks delivered best returns in more than a decade

Investors had reason to celebrate, as last year U.S. stocks posted their best year since 1997.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Video
GAMING: Casinos battle for market share

GAMING: Casinos battle for market share

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.

October 20, 2013 1:51 pm
MEDIA: Advertisers show faith

MEDIA: Advertisers show faith

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.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
MANUFACTURING: Manufacturing continues to tick up

MANUFACTURING: Manufacturing continues to tick up

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.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
SMALL RETAIL: Getting in that holiday spirit

SMALL RETAIL: Getting in that holiday spirit

Small retailers are already preparing for the holiday season, while still striving to catch the last of summer and back-to-school shoppers.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am

American business rolls on despite Washington meltdown

Despite the best efforts of Washington politicians to cripple U.S. economic growth, American businesses are overcoming all odds to build a sustained recovery. 

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
CONSTRUCTION: Commercial projects picking up the slack

CONSTRUCTION: Commercial projects picking up the slack

The base of activity in Northwest Indiana's construction market is broadening, with residential and commercial activity now rebounding after years of lackluster performance.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am

TRANSPORTATION: Short lines getting the business

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.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
UTILITIES: Enviro regs affecting energy landscape

UTILITIES: Enviro regs affecting energy landscape

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.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am

GOVERNMENT: All eyes turn to Lake Co. income tax

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.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
INVESTMENTS: Markets had strong 3Q, but shutdown drags on growth

INVESTMENTS: Markets had strong 3Q, but shutdown drags on growth

Major financial markets have been performing well, but the shutdown could slow the pace of growth, a Northwest Indiana investment adviser said.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
RESTAURANTS: Obamacare uncertainties grow

RESTAURANTS: Obamacare uncertainties grow

Despite a one-year reprieve for small businesses, Obamacare remains a looming uncertainty for restaurants and others.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
REAL ESTATE: Congress only threat to "a good run"

REAL ESTATE: Congress only threat to "a good run"

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.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
GROCERY: Grocery stores catering more toward customers who want healthy food

GROCERY: Grocery stores catering more toward customers who want healthy food

Grocery stores are working to remain relevant to customers, such as by offering more natural foods, said Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
BANKING: Banks faring better, but consolidating more

BANKING: Banks faring better, but consolidating more

The banking sector has been improving gradually over the last couple years, and should continue to make positive gains, a Northwest Indiana banker said.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
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