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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

Retail sales and forecasts improve, but still cool

April 4, 2014
LANSING — Sales and short-term forecasts for Michigan retail businesses improved during February, but they still have a lot of frozen ground to make up after the extreme winter, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Weather has retailers giving 2014 the cold shoulder

March 7, 2014
LANSING — Michigan retail businesses project only a 1.4 percent increase in their sales this year, following a poor holiday shopping season and a worse January, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Storms, competition wreak havoc on retail sales in Michigan

January 31, 2014
Hurt by damaging winter storms and outdated government policies that favor out-of-state, online companies, Michigan’s retail industry suffered a poor holiday shopping season, according to the Michigan Retailers Association. Read More

Michigan retailers forecast improved holiday sales

October 25, 2013
LANSING — Michigan retailers’ forecasts for holiday sales show cautious optimism, averaging a 1.3 percent gain over last year, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

State’s retail sales rebound with warmer weather

May 31, 2013
Michigan’s retail industry bounced back in April after two months of subpar performance, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Michigan retail sales suffer through chilly spring

May 3, 2013
LANSING — Michigan’s endless winter has chilled retail sales. Read More

Michigan retailers’ spring sales and forecasts slip

April 5, 2013
LANSING — Michigan retailers’ forecasts for spring sales slipped, following a drop in their February sales. Read More