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Michigan retailers’ sales and forecasts on the upswing

July 24, 2015
LANSING — Michigan retailers’ sales rebounded in June and expectations remained strong for the rest of summer, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Michigan retailers expect summer sales gains

June 26, 2015
LANSING — Michigan retailers’ summer sales forecasts remain strong despite a dip in sales in May, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Retailers are starting to reap the benefits of buy-local campaigns

May 29, 2015
Michigan retailers’ sales forecasts remain strong for late spring and early summer, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

The green flag is out for the holiday shopping season

December 5, 2014
LANSING — Conditions are good for the official start of the holiday shopping season (regardless of whether it began on Thanksgiving or the day after): brisk weather, lower gasoline prices, reduced unemployment and optimistic retailers offering big bargains. Read More

Retailers’ holiday sales forecasts blend optimism, caution

November 7, 2014
LANSING — While Michigan retailers expect better holiday sales this year, their forecasts are a blend of optimism and caution, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of the Michigan Retailers Association and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Michigan retail sales climb again in July

September 5, 2014
LANSING — Michigan’s retail industry posted strong sales numbers in July for the second month in a row, and forecasts for the end of summer and beginning of fall also rose, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Despite a spring revival, retailers are leery of fall sales

August 8, 2014
LANSING — Michigan’s retail industry rang up its best sales performance in more than three years during June, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Retail forecasts on the rise despite sluggish sales

July 11, 2014
LANSING — Michigan retailers’ outlook rose to its most optimistic level in more than nine years in May, following sluggish sales that didn’t keep pace with April’s post-winter surge, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Retailers’ short-term optimism is rising with the temperatures

June 6, 2014
LANSING — Michigan retailers welcomed a long-awaited rise in sales during April with a burst of optimism about sales for the rest of spring and early summer, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Retail sales remain on the chilly side during early spring

May 2, 2014
LANSING — A hoped-for surge in Michigan retail sales after a long, severe winter never materialized in March, building up expectations for improvement in April, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, whose region includes most of Michigan. Read More